are undoubtedly the best and the most popular comedy artist
today. How did you achieve it?
There are certain things in this world that we do not understand.
We should leave them to the God. Without Gods will we
cant achieve anything. There might be more talented
comedy actors than me. I contribute my popularity to the luck.
In film industry the luck comes first and the talent is secondary.
Telugu film lovers regard me like a household comedian. I
am very grateful to them.
do you think extract the best comedy from you?
Jandhyala was the best comedy director I have ever worked
with. In the next generation EVV and SV Krishna Reddy are
work everyday. Do you take any precautions to maintain good
I do not
take any precautions. Give rest to your body. Otherwise, it
takes. (giggles) I am working almost everyday for the past
22 years. Every year I am acting in minimum of 35 films. I
am lucky to have good health condition. I attribute my good
health to God.
you have any other ambitions in your life other than continuing
in acting profession?
I dont think you would achieve anything if you have
ambition. I am not the kind of guy who has an ambition and
plans to achieve it. I did not plan anything. I took life
as it came. We can never plan wonders. They just happen. But
I think that we should love the journey as much we you love
our goal. That will keep you happy all the time.
you get bored doing the same thing everyday?
I never feel bored, because I earn lots of money through it.
If somebody asks me to sit here for one day for a payment
of one lakh, I dont mind sitting idle. Some actors might
say that they are serving Kalama Talli by acting in
films. I dont believe in it. I am acting in films only
for the money. Money rules. Let me tell you a slokam -
Krushi mulamidam Vyavasayam
Vedam mulamidam Gnanam
Dhana mulamidam Jagattu
If you have money, you will be respected. It is extremely
important to have money in country like India. I might have
worked towards becoming good artist till certain time. After
that it was money that motivated me to act in films.
you get hurt when certain directors ask you perform in blatant
I am an actor and I should give what director wants. I should
not let my personal preferences and choices come in my way.
Hence there is no point in me getting hurt.
you are in public, the crowds look at you curiously and try
to talk to you. Dont you feel uncomfortable?
That way I am the luckiest person. Whenever I see people watching
me in public, I observe certain kind of happiness in them.
They forget all their worries and tensions for a moment and
smile at me. I think mine is a blessed life. I feel happy
being recognized. Some people tend to touch me and make me
uncomfortable physically. They think that Brahmanandam is
a public property. When you go to zoo, you see various animals
like lion, elephant and monkey. People have different perceptions
towards different animals. But they do treat monkeys like
their own. They interact more with the monkey. People get
similar kind of feeling when they find me in public places.
You have done a very touching role in little soldiers
film. Why dont you do those kinds of roles too?
I am doing the roles the directors asking me to do. I am not
getting Little Soldier kinds of roles.
If I have to do these kinds of roles, I should be producing
films on my own.
is the happiest moment for you as an actor and when did you
get your best compliment?
There are several occasions that made me feel happy. Let me
narrate the best of those moments. Lord Nataraj is the guru
of all actors. Lord Nataraj is none but Lord Shiva. I played
the role of con purohit called Kasi Pandit in Indra
film. We did a scene on the banks of Ganga river which is
adjacent to Visweswara temple. After I completed a shot in
that film, everybody clapped in awe. Chiranjeevi, B Gopal,
Paruchuri Brothers, Aswini Dutt, K Raghavendra Rao, Allu Arvind,
KS Rama Rao, Sonali Bindre and VSR Swamy were there at that
moment watching and clapping for my performance. I felt it
as honor and appreciation from Lord Nataraj.
heard that you are writing a book. Tell us about it?
I am writing a book on my experiences in film industry. I
cant call it as auto-biography. Lots of people write
biographies in their 60s after retirement. People would
love to read experiences of celebrities when they are in form.
Who would be interested to read about Chittoori Nagayya today.
is the best comedian in your opinion?
I dont think any of our film actors are comedians. We
act as per the script. The real comedian is the one who makes
you laugh uncontrollably by telling a joke. Whoever creates
a joke that can be remembered for decades is the real comedian.
Among the film actors, nobody is less and nobody is great.
Everybody has got strengths and weaknesses.
can we expect the next film of your son Gowtam?
We introduced him at a tender age of 18. He was not ready
by then. But Pallakilo Pelli Koothuru was a project
by stalwarts like K Raghavendra Rao, MM Keeravani and Chandrabose.
Hence he made his debut as hero. Gowtam will act again when
the right time comes.
KS Rama Rao 2
Mohan Babu 2
KV Ramana IAS
Devi Sri Prasad
AM Ratnam 2
Ram Gopal Varma 3
Mahesh Babu 2
Mohan Babu 1
KS Rama Rao 1
AS Ravi Kumar
Ram Gopal Varma 2
Ram Gopal Varma