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RAVI CHETAN TURNS HOTELIER, COMPLETES 100 FILMS
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ctor Ravi Chetan (earlier Chetan) is on a high. It is double celebration for the young and good looking actor. He has completed work in 100 Kannada films with Kotigobba 2 and has also turned an entrepreneur by investing in Meat and Eat chain of restaurants. Ravi Chetan’s hotel is the company’s 100th outlet which was opened by Sudeep in Kengeri just a week ago.

Ravi Chetan began his career some 15 years back with Kotigobba which starred Vishnuvardhan in the lead and has now completed work in his 100th film for the same producer Soorappa Babu. He says his choice of films and roles did not give him the break he desired but the restaurant that he has opened just a week ago has become a big hit.

He told journalists that he had played all kinds of roles that include a villain, supporting characters, cop, eunuch and even a fake swamiji but he was found wanting in terms of getting success and recognition. Ravi Chetan who changed his name from Chetan following confusion in the industry says he considered Vishnuvardhan as his first guru and now following his association with Sudeep in CCL he now considers the latter as his mentor.

Ravi Chetan says turning a hotelier was at the back of his mind for a long time but the turning point came when he tasted food at Meat and Eat Restaurant and couldn’t resist the idea of turning to business. He says he acquired for opening the 100th outlet of Meat and Eat by investing a fee of Rs 25 lakh. The outlet serves burgers and chicken and is competitively priced against multinational eating joints, he says.

The young actor has invited his friends and colleagues from the industry to invest in the business and reap the profits. However, he says he hasn’t lost hope from the film industry as he would like to continue to accept acting offers along with running the restaurant that he own proudly owns.     

Appaiah, business head of Meat and Eat said the restaurant business was able to grow quickly  within a span of two years. He said there were 48 outlets in Bengaluru alone.

P Kumar, managing director of the company said they would like to open 1000 outlets all over India by 2020.
-17/12/15  

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