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Chitchat with Rajasekhar

February 8, 2007

Raja Sekhar's career graph has nose-dived and the actor is desperately trying for a comeback. He is pinning all his hopes on his comeback vehicle, the 9 February release Evadaithe Nakenti. Here is what he had to say in his tete a tete with scribes.

Your career is currently in a low phase, right?
I have not delivered satisfactory films in the recent years. Justifiably the audiences are angry with me for disappointing them. I am trying to correct my flaws and deliver the goods. We have ensured that my new film Evadaithe Nakenti will bring back my glory.

What is the story of 'Evadaithe Nakenti'?
It is the story of an army major who is visiting his parents after serving India for 10 years. His father is the education minister of the state and his brothers-in-law are IAS/IPS officers. All of them are corrupt. He observes that there is corruption all around him at home and in society. He resigns his job and takes corrective steps reiterating that our country is not under threat from across the border but from the very people who live in it. He also contests in the elections and the rest of the story is about his political experience.

What extra efforts did you put for this film?
It is a do or die situation for me. We have slogged for 8 months. It is like a race and I am confident of winning.

What is the cooperation you got from Jeevita?
I married Jeevita in 1991. However, I have never scolded her in the way I have done in the last eight months. She was my sounding board and I unburdened all my tensions by taking off on her for the smallest reason. If anybody says that Jeevita and Rajasekhar pair is good, it is only because of Jeevita. She takes on all my tensions and the smile never leaves her face.

Why did you take the credit for the story when it is actually a remake?
I have taken the basic story and adapted it to suit our nativity. I changed the story of Loin so well that I am sure the Malayalam producers would buy the remake rights of Evadaithe Nakenti. I also penned dialogues and the screenplay. I realised what people expect from me and I have taken it upon myself to deliver it.

This film was started with Samudra as director. Why did you add Jeevitha name to the direction credits?
Initially we credited her with Darsakatva Paryavekshana (directorial supervision). Nevertheless, Samudra suggested that she should also share credits with him as she worked very hard.

Tell us about the music?
Chinna worked with renowned music directors for the past 30 years. I gave him a break as music director. He is an expert at rerecording. He worked for 25 days on RR of this film.

What is the reason behind using Sai Kumar to dub for you?
Sai Kumar stopped dubbing for my films after he became successful as hero with Police Story. Then I used another dubbing artiste to dub my films from Maa Aayana Bangaram onwards. Sai Kumar's mother was very fond of me. She died recently. Later on, Sai Kumar said that she wrote in her diary that Sai Kumar should start dubbing my movies again. When I requested him to dub my voice for Evadaithe Nakenti, he gladly agreed and said that he will dub my future films as well.

How many prints are you releasing?
It is being released with 140 prints, which is the highest in my career. Evadaithe Nakenti will also release in USA on 10th of this month with three prints.

What is the censors' take on the film?
Censor board members said that Evadaithe Nakenti is the kind of film that people expect from Rajasekhar. Just like Ankusam film inspired the youngsters to join the police forces, Evadaithe Nakenti will inspired the youth to join politics.


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