the acting bug did caught you?
It was the beginning on year 2002. I wanted to be in
the profession of movies. I was about to go off to Canada
and I got the offer of 'Jayam' film. For a few justified
reasons, I could not act in film. Later on Gangotri happened.
did Daddy happen to you?
It happened over night. We did not plan for it. I was a
discotheque freak. On the sets of Daddy, Chiranjeevi asked
me if I would like to do a small dance bit. And I could
not resist saying yes!
every debutant hero is targeting youth by doing love stories
and youth flicks, you chose to do a film that caters to
All I care about is a good script. For me the target audience
is not the priority. All that matter to me is to be a part
of good film. I am a modern city guy and the character in
Gangotri is that of a naïve village boy. That character
was not my cup of tea, but I did it because I knew that
it works. And, of course who passes up the chance of doing
K Raghavendra Rao's film.
is the experience of working for Gangotri?
It was awesome. Working with a legendary director in his
100th film is a great privilege. The subject is a very sacred
us about Arya film?
Arya (giggles). I just finished dubbing for the film. Arya
is releasing on 7th May 2004 with 99 prints in approximately
120 centers. Arya has thronged into the hearts of music
lovers and it has sold over 2 lakhs units so far. That's
a pretty good figure for an album before the release of
the film. If you observe the recent trend, even average
films are doing well at box office because of the good music.
I am happy the way 'Arya' is shaped up.
us about Arya character?
Arya is a positive and cool guy. Kind of aggressive with
his opinions and feelings! For example, if you happen to
sit beside Aishwarya and Salman and you liked Aishwarya,
you would hesitate to say so because of Salman. Arya is
kind of a guy, who just speaks whatever is in his mind/heart.
Arya is a one-side lover. There is no much response from
the girl. The whole movie runs on the characterization and
attitude of 'Arya'. The character of 'Arya' is not a common
man character. But everybody would enjoy 'Arya' character.
us about director Sukumar?
Sukumar and I are like great buddies. He is very young guy.
Our wavelengths matched. He is very happy doing 'Arya' with
me. He said that I delivered more than what he expected
in this film. He saw me once getting out of a car and he
observed me how I walk and greet people. That's when he
decided that I was the one made for 'Arya' character. 'Arya'
is a director's film. If I get good feedback about my histrionics
and characterization, that credit goes to the director.
If I am not good in the film, that credit also goes to Sukumar
did the movie shape up?
I liked the movie. I cannot say if the movie is good or
bad because I am involved in it. But the film is definitely
us about the heroine Anu Mehta?
I have not felt like I worked with heroine at all. We have
not interacted much, because we did not have many scenes
together. She looks good and worked very hard. She has done
a decent job.
is your inspiration in acting?
(Giggles). Do I need to tell who it is? Even before they
read it, the visitors of idlebrain.com know the answer.
part of acting did you pick from him?
I picked up all aspects from him. I actually grew on him.
There are certain compliments from my unit members that
I performed like him in few scenes. It is so much imbibed
in me that I deliver it subconsciously. Vhat I wish to strongly
acquire from is his hardwork and dedication which is matchless.
many times did you watch his films?
I watched Indra from 14-15 times. I absolutely love that
film. Tagore I watched about 6-7 times. I would have watched
it for many more number of times, but time did not permit
me. Every time I watch Indra, I find something fresh and
new in it. I feel lucky to act in the film of Aswini Dutt
who produced Indra.
are you strengths?
My background is my strength. My determination is also strength.
I am flexible. I am adaptable both mentally and physically.
The character of 'Arya' is a reflection of my ownself.
are you weaknesses?
If I start telling about my weaknesses, you start looking
at them only. I do not want to divert the attention of movie
lovers by telling my weaknesses.
have your 2nd film's release in a couple of days. Are you
No! Actually, I am feeling numb. I worked hard for six months.
I just completed dubbing for 'Arya'. I executed my part
of work successfully. Every unit member is very happy with
us about your next film Badrinath?
Chinni Krishna is directing this film. The script work is
going on. It takes some more time to get the solid script
ready. This film would be made on my home banner Geeta Arts.
We have not given official statement about this movie yet.
We want to open it with a bang. It's a perfect mass film
with Himalaya backdrop. My dad feels that unless the script
is 100% ready, we should not may any announcement of it.
was the feedback for your performance in Gangotri?
Yeah. I got feedback from all areas. I know which scenes
I performed well and which scenes I did not. I am trying
to improve upon the shortcomings.
kind of involvement do you have in your films?
Obviously I involve, because it's my film. But I do trust
the makers of the films, because I chose the right moviemakers
you have any buddies in the youth heroes?
Prabhas, Tarun and all the heroes I interacted with are
my friends. Before I came to industry, Allari Naresh is
are having films from Mani Rathnam (Yuva) and Mahesh Babu
(Nani) releasing in the same season. Are you not feeling
When you have films from big people like them, there is
always a little bit of tension. But let me be honest here.
I am just listening to Nani songs now. I liked them, especially
1st and 3rd song. When Nani releases, I would love to watch
it. I do not believe in any bullshit like we should not
like the other films. If my film is good, it would run well.
My films collections might get affected if the other films
were good. I thoroughly enjoy watching all the films. In
the last year, Dil was released during Gangotri time. I
really loved watching Dil. I watched it four times. Amma
Nanna O Tamil Ammai (ANOTA) was released after Gangotri.
That film has some effect on the collections of Gangotri
as well. But I thoroughly enjoyed watching ANOTA.
are the Telugu films you really liked in the recent times?
Okkadu is a fantastic movie. I liked Manmadhudu, Malliswari,
Tagore, Dil and ANOTA a lot. In the latest films, I liked
are your hobbies?
Books, music, watching DVDs, play pool, pub hopping, catching
up with cousins, and shopping to name a few. When I get
some free time, I have lot many things to do.
kind of books do you read?
I do read personality development books most of the film.
My all time favorite has been 'Who moved my cheese' by Dr.
you observe the poster designs of Gangotri and Arya, Gangotri
had family outlook where photos of everybody were featured.
In Arya, you seem to have monopolized them. Not even a single
photo of heroine and other characters is found. Why is it
The producer Raju does not want to show the heroine till
the movie is released. Hence he featured me in all the posters.
My mom scolded me that heroine's photo is not there on the
posters. It was entirely the producer's decision. Hence,
we started revealing heroine in trailers of Arya.
is the primary difference between target audiences of Chiranjeevi
and Pawan Kalyan?
Kalyan has got youngsters & general audience. Chiranjeevi
has got mass and general audiences.
kind of audiences you are targeting?
I don't want to fix my audience. I go by the subject. Script
has to be good. Gangotri catered to the general audiences
and masses. Arya is targeted at youth. Badrinath is aimed
at masses and general audiences.
us about the songs in Arya?
There are six songs. Two songs were shot in Kerala. Two
songs were shot in Hyderabad. Remaining two songs come in
Takadhimithom: This is the
first song in the film. It is a hero introduction song.
Harish Pai did the choreography. It would be a pleasant
surprise for the audiences. Visually this song is the
2. Feel My Love: Second song
in the film. It is melody song picturized on hero about
how much he loves heroine. It is a montage song. Nixon
choreographed this song. He worked for films like Bobby
and Varsham in the past. I am getting good feedback for
the 'moon walk step' in the trailer from this film.
3. You Rock My World: This
is the song before interval. Raju Sundaram has done a
fantastic job for this song. It's a hip song.
4. Oh My brotheru: This song
is the fourth one in the film. Ashok Master choreographed
it. I dubbed my voice for a few dialogues in this song.
It's a youth song.
5. A ante Amalapuram: This
is the fifth song in the film. It's a complete mass song.
Shankar choreographed it.
6. Nuvvante: This is the
last song on the film taken on montages. It's a pure melody
choreographed by Shankar
Where do find the heroine in these songs?
Almost all the songs are solo. Abhinaya Sri did the 'A ante
a producer son, do you involve yourself in production activities
of the film as well?
I am the son of a producer and a distributor. I know a lot
about production and distribution. Raju is a premiere distributor
in Nizam. I do not have to be worried about theaters. He
has got us the fantastic theaters all over. Arya has best
of the theaters in AP.
(Saptagiri) and Arya (Sudarshan 35) has renovated theatrical
release in Hyderabad. Are you superstitious?
I am not superstitious. But the producer Raju is. He keeps
on comparing things in Gangotri with the things in Arya
and feels happy about it. Here are few more similar things
Hero travel on cycle in both the films
2. There are kids in both films
3. Hero uses musical instruments in both the films. (flute
in Gangotri and mouth organ in Arya)
I heard that the prerelease of this film is around 7
crores. Is it true?
I have no idea about it. I just finished my dubbing and
had a fresh haircut. Can you believe it? I do not even know
how much I am paid. In our unit, money has become secondary
for all of us. All the team members have something to prove
and we worked with passion. Making the movie success is
out first priority. We are not interested in money as much
we are in filmmaking.
is the involvement of your father in your film career?
He leaves me as an individual, just like the fathers of
any hero in the industry. I should climb and fall and realize
the travails on my own. He takes care of general aspects
like script. Once script is finalized, he would not involve.
He feels that his pressure should not be on the project.
you in the number game?
Yes! I am! Show me who is not in the number game. I know
where I stand now. I want to go up and be among the top
bracket. I am in the rat race. I am running and I want to
run in the future.
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