is one of the very few non- Telugu heroes in the Telugu
film industry. He says, "Being from a joint family
in Delhi, I was always dreaming of becoming a commercial
pilot. But that did not workout and I had to settle
for a degree in Architecture. And during this time
modeling was a hobby and I took part in Gladrags Manhunt
'98. I was judged the runner up and this was a boost
in my confidence."
of the special features in all his advertisements,
"All the actresses that have acted opposite me
in the advertisements were well known or became famous
later on," says he. He further recalls, "I
did a Godrej soap ad with Richa Pallod, a Fair &
Lovely ad with Neha, who later had a good run in Bollywood.
This was an added feature of the advertisements that
I did as a model."
a trip to Hyderabad for the shooting of an advertisement,
he was spotted by Sana Yadireddy who was looking for
a north Indian boy for the lead role in his movie
Sampangi. "When I went to meet him, I was asked
to give an audition. The next day he called me and
said I was doing the film. I thought it was some sort
of joke and they were trying to pull me leg,"
says Deepak with a smile. "But Sana Yadireddy
and Sampangi will always be close to my heart,
he introduced me into the Telugu industry and Sampangi
was my break through into acting," he adds.
doing three more films, Neethodu Kavali, Kannulu
Moosina Nevvaye and Premalo Pavani Kalyan,
Deepak moved to bollywood to try out his luck. After
signing his first film Woh Tera Naam Tha, which
had a mediocre run and contractually stopped him from
taking up other films. "During that time I had
lost a lot of good roles in Telugu. Hindi was never
the priority as Telugu was giving me the kind of recognition
that I was looking for," says the actor.
about his current film (Bhadra with Ravi Teja
as hero) in which he is doing a special role, he says,
"It is not a guest role or a special role. I
play a full-length character in the film; my character
is the hero's friend and the brother of the heroine.
He brings them together and in the end dies trying
to protect them." And his take about doing multi
starer films, "Multi starrers are never a problem
if it is a well scripted role and the banner and script
are good. Look at John Abraham in Hindi, most of his
films are multi starrers but he is given due recognition
as an artist because of the kind of roles that he
back at his acting career he says, "I feel good
if not great about myself and my career. The film
industry has been good to me; I am doing my fifth
film even though I do not have a filmy background.
Even the audience has received me well in all my films
till date. Even though the films were not commercially
successful, my roles were received well."
actor has his strengths and weaknesses, so what are
Deepak's strengths, "Well they have to be my
confidence, my willingness to experiment with my looks
and my hard work." He further adds, "I am
looking forward to do more performance oriented roles.
I prefer realistic films to fairy tales, not that
fairy tales are bad. I feel more comfortable with
roles that are true to life and realistic." Godfather
is one of the films that he considers to be close
to his heart and true to life.
to his fans is something he does on a regular basis.
"When people come up to me and call me Sampangi
Deepak, it feels great. They try to converse in Hindi
and English and when I answer in Telugu they are shocked
and feel happy. People come to me and ask me to do
more of Telugu films, it is great feeling to know
that people appreciate you as an actor."
question about his love life brings a smile to his
face and the answer is quick, "I am still single
(look out ladies), but right now there is nothing
more important to me than my career. So there is no
trouble with respect to importance to films, they
rank number one on my priority list."
leaving he says, "I want to be known as a good
artist and one who has done some good roles during
his time. I want to work with good banners and earn
fame even if it is not a hero role"
Jeevi and Aditya
MS Raju (Producer)
& Krishna DK (directors)
Allu Arjun (Hero)