Interview: Anant Nag

Posted on December 26, 2017


This is Anant Nag’s fiftieth year as an actor including five initially onstage in Mumbai. He talks about being abruptly removed from an ashram and later a Mutt in Karnataka and sent to Mumbai where
he detested the curriculum. Anant recalls straying into Marathi theatre from where Satyadev Dubey introduced him to Shyam Benegal. He moved to Bangalore where politics beckoned and was a
minister in the JH Patil cabinet in charge of the Bangalore Development authority. He talks about his mercurial brother Shanker Nag and his premature demise and is excited about the current crop of young directors in Kannada cinema who’re out to prove they’re in no way inferior to their counterparts in Tamil and Telugu. He’s in constant search for interesting scripts.

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