Abhimanyu Singh, the selfless prince Ransa of Gulaal, has metamorphosed into an Andhra politician's son, Obul Reddy, in Ram Gopal Varma's much-awaited controversial film, Rakta Charitra.
"I play one of the main leads," he says excitedly, admitting that he actually got into the devious mind of the young Reddy to play the part of an alcoholic, consumed by sex and driven by anger, convincingly. Unfortunately, he carried his work home and soon was always irritable, snapping over little things. "My wife was at the receiving end and there was a time when I even contemplated moving out to save her the stress of living with me. But she thought it would be better if we handled the problem together and suggested I consult a psychiatrist," he reminisces. "She admitted later that during that time I gave her the creeps, literally."
The two-part film is creating ripples in political circles down South even before the release.
And Singh admits that despite the personal upheavals, he has already benefitted from Rakta Charitra professionally.
"I have signed two other films and I have several offers," he informs, quoting TS Eliot with a smile, "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.".