are acting for the first time. Are you nervous?
I am not nervous at all. I am basically from a marketing background.
Interacting with people from different backgrounds is my favorite
thing to do. That's the reason I took marketing major in my MBA.
Though I never acted before a camera earlier, I am born and brought
up in entertainment industry and has been observing how things
work here - both in front of the camera and behind the screen.
I thoroughly enjoy doing scenes that have combinations with other
artists. But I don't enjoy doing solo shots, as I have to use
my imagination to make them lively.
did you realize that you wanted to become a hero?
in October 2000.
completing my MBA, I worked in a couple of companies as a marketing
intern. After that I did visual FX. I was always interested in
technical aspects of filmmaking. I observed that the only person
who can have a better look at each and every department and enjoy
the benefit of learning in a quicker way is a hero. In this film
industry, everybody works for the hero. I then decided that I
should become hero to have a better understand of all the technicalities
are the steps you have taken to groom yourself as a hero?
first experience of learning about acting is from Asha Chandra
Institute of acting in Bombay. You have people from all over India
(and also NRIs from abroad) coming and learning from Asha Chandra
madam. Each batch consists of 35 people and it was a great experience.
I returned to Hyderabad and learnt the nuances of dialogue delivery
from Dixitulu sir. For finalities in dialogue delivery and acting,
I went to (Vizag) Satyanand sir. I learnt dances from Satya master
who is an assistant to choreographer Suchitra. Anand Raj master,
who is a brother of fight master Raju, trained me in stunts.
are so many new kids being launched by senior industry people
and there are so many talented raw youngsters that are being introduced
as heroes. How do you differentiate yourself from others? What
are your strengths?
can't really claim anything without the release of my debut film.
It is up to the audience to decide what I am made of and what
I am good at. But if I analyze the current genre of new kids on
the block, every body can dance and fight. But in one department,
I am sure, I would have an edge over others. That is Telugu language.
I should thank my mom to inculcate the interest and motivation
to learn more about Telugu language and its literature. I have
a passion for Telugu language and literature. May be my grip of
Telugu language would help me as an actor.
did the project 'Evare Athagaadu' materialize?
basic story is based on an unreleased direct novel by Bhalabhadrapatruni
Ramani. The director made 100% improvisation to the basic story
to fit into a movie frame. Then we narrated it to Gemini Kiran
garu and then he started the film.
are brought up in this film industry. You know every film personality
and all of them know you. How are you going to use those contacts
to grow in film industry?
am lucky to be in such a position. But at the same time, I am
afraid of my position as well. All the people I know, happen to
know a lot about acting. So I have to work hard to please them
when they watch me on the big screen. I take it more like a responsibility
than a privilege. (grins)
must have seen the rushes. What was your reaction when you saw
yourself on the big screen?
have seen the rushes of the film along with the crew. Some of
them gave compliments and some others gave suggestions to improve
upon. I can't tell you how I like myself on the screen. It's the
audiences who need to see and decide when the film releases in
theaters he next year. Whatever they decide, it's going to be
the final verdict. Presently I am giving the movie the best of
you have any role model when it comes to acting? Are you aiming
for any slot/position/niche in the hero's category?
do not have any role model, to be honest. I can't quote any big
hero and say that I want to be like that. They are all proven
artists. I just want to be myself. I can't say that I want to
become like Chiranjeevi sir. My destiny will take me to the destination
I am supposed to reach. However, I will definitely give my best
to what I am doing.
are your hobbies?
like photography. Talking with people is my favorite pastime.
I love watching films and learning technicalities of filmmaking.
us about the director Bhanu Shankar?
is very confident and professional. He improvises the scenes and
dialogues on the spot. He understands the artists and makes us
is your future plan?
don't plan anything. I enjoy each day as it comes. My immediate
priority is to finish off the movie and then seek the audiences'
verdict. I'll take the feedback about what they liked and what
they did not like in me. Accordingly I will mould myself and take
up a project that cushions my strengths.