Tell us about 2nd December release Mahanandi?
Myself and Sumanth are donning the roles akin to Lord Siva
and Nandi respectively. Sumanth is doing the role of my friend
and protector. He is like my army in the film. This film also
has Rayalaseema backdrop. My character runs away from Rayalaseema
in the childhood. There is also an important episode that
takes place in Mahanandi. Sumanth has performed exceedingly
well. I was amazed by looking at his performance. Mahanandi
is going to create history at box office.
are the highlights of Mahanandi?
The story of the film is based on friendship. It has a strong
element of love. Though there is a villain in the film,
a miscommunication between Sumanth and me plays more important
role in the film than the villain.
Director Samudra has dealt the film with sensibility. He
had put really good efforts.
Rerecording (RR) can give lots of impact to the right scene
in any film. I told Kamalakar that Mahanandi is RR based
subject and it would help both the film and him if he concentrates
more on rerecording. The RR of this film is coming really
good. Music of the film is also very good.
Swamy-Vijay contributed a lot for the script and dialogues
departments. The dialogues in the film are going to elevate
To me, the heroes of this film are producers. The budget
of this film was overshot by 2 crores. Producers of this
film are from Karnataka. They kept their cool even when
budget limits overshot and treated us very well. Their earlier
Telugu film Subbu too was made on grand scale. Since producers
are really good-hearted people, I hope that it would do
good for the film's result as well.
are playing brother character to Anushka in this film. How
different is this brother character in this film compared
to that of NVNV?
You got to watch the film to know the difference. I have come
to a stage where I don't have to accept films just for the
sake of money. I am doing the brother role in this film because
I am extremely impressed.
are rumors that your role in Mahanandi resembles a faction
leader. Is it true?
I might have done certain roles like that in the beginning
stage of my career. But now I am mature enough to discourage
such efforts by storywriters. If we insert real politician's
profiles in films with good story, it only does harm, as audiences
tend to get distracted from the story.
seem to have entered into new phase with NVNV film. There
seem to be lots of change in the way you select the scripts?
I should thank MS Raju for this. My mindset and orientation
towards selecting a story has changed from that moment. I
started thinking big. There was lot of crudity and rustiness
in my earlier films. There were lengthy dialogues. I did those
films because it attracts the masses. But with NVNV I learnt
that there is a big section of audience whom I lost because
of the films I made earlier. I realized that certain section
of people get hurt by watching crude scenes in films. Family
crowds ensure longevity of the film as they enter into theaters
in 4th week onwards and make the films run for 100 days if
they like it.
was your experience as producer in the past?
I did certain bad films in the past like Kubusam, Guri, Mass
etc. Whenever my own production film was released, it was
released after my bad films. Hence they did not get the openings
they deserve. If a film is bad, the collections would drop
from matinee onwards. But when Pruthvi Narayana (my home production)
was released, even the morning on the release day was not
full because prior to that I did bad films. People were upset
with me at that time. I had to pay price for another home
production film Seshadri Nayudu.
us about your new film Hanumanthu?
The role in this film is the most challenging one in my career.
Hanumanthu is a powerful title. The biggest hit in my career
was Bhadrachalam. I want to beat Bhadrachalam with the good
script of Hanumanthu. Hanumanthu is about how a man who is
loyal to his village serve the problem it faces by coming
to the city. This film would go to floors in a week.
last film Okkade did not have the long run it deserves. What
do you think are the reasons?
AA Arts is my mother concern as it has introduced me as hero
with 'Police' film. Okkade was the result of good efforts.
This film is a low budget one like Police. After completion
of the shooting of Okkade, the producer took two long months
to get the first copy. I was not aware why he delayed it by
such a long time. Okkade was released in bad season. It would
have fared better if it were released a month earlier. Cricket
matches and incessant rains became bottlenecks to the film.
Even then, Okkade made profits to the buyers. It collected
a share of around 66 lakhs in 3 weeks in Nizam alone. There
was no good publicity for the film after release. It was left
like orphan without any promotion.
us about Magadheera film in which you are working with Kamal
It is a great moment for me to working with my favorite actor
Kamal Hassan. Part of the film is being shot in Hollywood.
I am playing an important role in the film. I participated
in 4 days of shoot so far. I am eagerly looking forward for
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