did the story idea for Style?
I had brain tumor when I was kid. I had gone through
lots of struggles after surgery. My uncles and elders
asked me to do some work for livelihood. But my mother
told me that I should not leave the art of dance.
That one dialogue is the inspiration for making this
film. My mother is the reason behind what I am today.
the titles of the film I have shown the disabled people
dancing with merry. If a disabled person can make
an attempt to dance, why cant we try it as all of
us are equipped with good physical and mental health.
I want to tell through this film that everybody has
talent and one need to recognize which field we are
have succeeded as an actor with this film. How do
you feel about it?
It was TVD Prasad who forced me to act as hero in
Speed Dancer. That film was a flop and people insulted
me on the face after that. I took it as a challenge.
I acted in 2 Tamil films as hero and those films were
also flopped. I introduced a Tamil director to the
producer and they made a film with me as hero in Tamil.
After the release, that director gave a statement
that the film would have become a hit if I were not
the hero. My mother cried after reading that statement.
I challenged that director that I would become the
hero of a hit film soon and would invite him to the
100 days function. Insults like these ignite fire
in me. I would like to thank him for insulting me.
I proved myself with Style film. I strongly feel that
script need to be good, not the hero. One director
can make ten heroes, But one hero cannot make 10 directors.
told me that Tamil audiences do accept men with dark
complexion. But Telugu audience wont accept black
skinned guys. With Style I proved those critics wrong.
did Style film materialize?
I prepared this script with me as hero. But as I started
consolidating the script, I realized that the budget
is going to be very high. Then I thought that I could
cast any established hero in the lead role so that
the budget could be defended. When I narrated this
script to Lagadapati Sridhar, he immediately said
that I should act as hero. Even when film was being
made, lots of people asked Lagadapati Sridhar about
why he is spending so much money on me. I would like
to thank Sridhar for giving me this opportunity and
standing by me throughout the period of filmmaking.
did you manage the climax casting coup (Chiranjeevi
There is a scene in the film in which I am hit by
bullets. I need two strongmen to rescue me. I zeroed
on Chiranjeevi and Nagarjuna. When I asked Nagarjuna
to do that cameo, he assured me that he would do anything
for me and all I had to do for him is to tell him
dates so that he can schedule. It was a very difficult
task for me to ask Chiranjeevi dates. I was so afraid
that I could not meet him, hence I called him up and
told the situation. He listened to the script and
said that he would do it.
about other casting?
I worked as group dancer under Prabhu Deva in the
beginning of my career. He is my guru and I was afraid
of asking for his dates. He kindly accepted the role.
Because of Prabhu Devas presence we managed
such good openings. Raja liked this script so much
that he did not mind doing such a small role. Suman
and Bhanu Chandar also acted in small roles.
Jaya Sudha initially told me that she would not do
the film. Later on she accepted it after listening
to script. After watching the film she proudly said
that she would have regretted her decision if she
rejected the role.
and Style are English titles and your future film
Power too is an English one. Why are you keeping English
titles to your films?
Nagarjuna is regarded as class hero. I wanted to cash
on it by projecting Nagarjuna as mass hero with the
always feel that style should be there in our work,
but not in our appearance. Beauty is attached to mental
personality, but not to the physical looks. That is
what I wanted to capture with Style film. For example,
Mike Tyson looks ugly when he walks on the street,
but is very beautiful when he is in boxing ring.
was not a sentiment or a deliberate attempt to keep
English titles. It was just a coincidence.
are your favorite scenes in Style?
Love failure episode: The scene in which I talk
about goal comparing it to love when I realize that
Charmme does not love me. I say that love is very
small compared to your goal.
Prabhu Devas suicide attempt: When Prabhu
Deva attempts suicide for losing legs, Kamalinee
gives him words of courage by giving examples of
how some disabled people gave outstanding contributions
to the society.
Mother death scene.
are the scenes that are enjoyed by the frontbenchers?
Drunkard fight scene.
Remix dance of Roop Tera Mastana
Dharmavarapu Subramanyams comedy
was supposed to release for Dasara 2005, but delayed
to January 2006. Whats the reason for delay?
We experimented with new concept in Style film. It
takes time. For Mass film, I had a hero like Nagarjuna
who can carry the film on his shoulders. But for Style,
there is no hero. Story should be novel and treatment
should be delicate. It needs lot of time for postproduction
work. I am a technician and I know technicians give
best output when they are given more time.
of the film is just ok when you listen on the audio.
And looks impressive on screen with visuals. Dont
you think a dance-based film like Style should have
Music of the film should go fine along with the narration
of the film. He balanced the background music and
songs of the film so well. All the songs in this film
flow with narration and there is no duet. I think
this is the right music for this kind of film.
would like to tell you that I introduced a dancer
called Madhu in my group as lyricist for Style. He
penned style title song and Chiru Cheyyeste songs.
used Super35 camera for this film. What are the advantages?
We used Super35 for the entire film except for a couple
of shots. It gives you wider and broader feel. Span
is more. Big sets and crowds appear more fascinating
when canned with Super35. It works really good for
big heroes and it gives excellent visual for heroism
elevation scenes. There is great amount of sharpness
in the output.
you still continue as choreographer?
Choreography is like mother. Who would ignore mother?
I will continue my work as choreographer. I am getting
offers now as director as well as actor. If the script
is good and I am apt for the subject, I will do films
as hero. I would continue directing films. My life
ambition is to direct Chiranjeevi. I very much eager
to direct another film for Nagarjuna who gave me life
your films Style and Mass have strong mother sentiment?
Mother sentiment is the mother of all sentiments.
I make sure that there is mother sentiment in all
have Charmme and Kamalinee in Style. But both of them
have no dance in songs. What is the reason?
For Style, subject is the hero. And the subject does
not demand heroines dance.
precautions did you take as a director for Style in
order to create your character?
People can watch me if I see dance, comedy and sentiment.
I know that heroism is not my strength. That is the
reason why I make my buddy tap me on my head and insult
me in the first scene itself to create an impression
that I am not a hero of heroism. People accepted me
because I underplayed my character. When a powerful
fight is needed, I took help of Nagarjuna and Chiranjeevi
during the last reel of the film.
made Hyderabad your home after coming from Chennai.
How do you feel about it?
I got insulted in Tamil. I got 3 flops in Tamil as
hero. Telugu people always encouraged me. AP is my
compliments did you get for Style?
Chiranjeevi appreciated me by saying that I made
an inspiring film.
Nagarjuna gave an SMS to me by saying that Style
is a hit film.
MS Raju complimented me by saying Style has good
screenplay. His daughter liked it so much that she
wanted to watch it for the second time.
Rajnikant phoned me and said that Style is going
to be a big hit.
us about your future projects?
Before taking up any projects, I need to attend to
unfinished business and some social service. I am
building a temple for my influential deity Raghavendra
Swamy in Ambattoor in Chennai. The work is halfway
through. I will finish that work first. I am also
going to start free dance classes for the students
of Devnar School for Blind. I want to keep my mind
free for next 3 months. After that I will think about
my next film.
here for another interview of Lawrence taken 3 years
Siva Kumar (Director)
(Cinematographer & Director)
SS Rajamouli (Director)
Sameer Reddy (Cinematographer)
Marthand K Venkatesh
Sayaji Shinde (Villain)
Gowri Mumjal (Heroine)
MS Raju (Producer)