us about your educational background?
I am born and brought up in Secunderabad. My roots
are in Telangana. I studied in St. Patrick School
till 10th class. I did my intermediate in St. Maries
(Himayat Nagar). I completed B. Com through distance
learning in Andhra University.
did you get interested in films?
I am a hardcore fan of Chiranjeevi since my childhood.
I used to watch his films in theater and go home and
dance along with my brother till I get tired. It is
Chiranjeevi who inspired me to become an actor. I
knew that I do not have any filmy background. Still
I wanted to become hero since there is a place in
film industry to every actor who is talented and hardworking.
efforts did to make to come into filmy line?
I got my primary portfolio done by Aravind Chenji
in 2000. Then I visited all studios and producers
with my portfolio. Nobody has shown interested in
me. Then I decided to have some formal training. I
got trained at Mr. Dixit first. Then I went to Kishore
Namit Kapoor institute (that trained celebrated superstar
like Hrithik Roshan) in Mumbai. I got my second portfolio
done by Aravind Chenji in 2002. Chandra Sekhar Yeleti
has seen my portfolio in February 2002 and cast me
as one of the four guys in 'Aithe' film. That is how
I got my first break.
kind of roles you are looking forward to?
Acting is my career. I am here to stay. I don't want
to accept all the offers that come in my way. I want
to be selective so that I can survive in the industry
for a long term. The three films I worked so far have
given me different image. I want to balance between
performance-oriented films and commercial films.
us your experience in working for your 3 films?
My interaction with Chandu (Chandra Sekhar Yeleti)
and Gangaraju has given me the experience of working
for 10 films. They have deeply affected my thinking
process. After Aithe film, I met almost all big producers
and directors. It was SS Rajamouli who encouraged
me by saying few kind words and then selected me in
a vital role in his film Sye. It is kind of an achievement
to work with such a topnotch commercial director SS
Rajamouli. And Chandu cast me again for his second
kind of homework did you do to play the cabbie role
I went to study the cab drivers in Hyderabad. Then
I realized that none of the cabbies have the profile
of Rajesh character, who is a graduate who drive for
a part time. It was Chandu who designed the looks
for me. I tried to imagine how a student cabbie would
behave in those situations and acted as per my intuitions
and judgment. I tried adding spontaneity on the sets.
I want to involve myself with the character.
you good at wheels? Is it difficult to drive Ambassador
I am comfortable at driving, even if it is an Ambassador.
I insisted on driving myself during the chase episodes
where camera was placed at remote location. I wanted
to be at wheel myself even if I don't appear in the
frames. I desist working with dupes unless there is
a grave danger to my life.
is your role model in acting?
I grew up with the diet of watching Chiranjeevi's
film. In Career, I would like to take Vikram as role
model. He balances the performance oriented films
with commercial flicks. I have done all my 3 films
so far with performance orientation. I feel lucky
to start my career with performance oriented roles
so that even if I do commercial films they would not
complain if I alternate between performance films.
you do your own dubbing?
I did my own dubbing for all the film I worked. I
am basically a Telangana guy. Fortunately all the
films I worked so far had the realistic accent of
a Hyderabadi. I am very comfortable at Telugu and
would love dub the way character requires me to do.
it not pinch you when most of the kids of film personalities
getting big launches as heroes, as you - being a guy
with non-filmy background - had to suffer your own
I don't have any grudges against them. There is a
place for every hardworking talented guy in the industry.
I am hardworking and talented. Hence there is no reason
for me to feel jealous.
us about your family background?
My father S. Raju is Assistant General Manager of
SBI (State Bank of India) for Orissa wing. My mother
Usha Rani is Associate Professor of Linguistics Department
in Osmania University. I have a younger brother who
is in 4th year of Engineering.
kind of support did you get from your family?
Like any other parents, my parents wanted me to shine
good in studies. But my heart was always there in
films. I could not concentrate in studies. My parents
understood my intentions and allowed me to aim for
acting. Once they decided to let me enter acting field,
they gave me complete support.
your future projects?
I am getting lots of offers. But none of those offers
seem exciting to me. I am here to stay for a long
run. Hence I am not getting tempted to accept any
role that comes in my way. I have come a long way
now. I don't want to go down from this point. If I
accept any film, I will make sure that it has something
new to offer.
you get any appreciations from industry for your histrionics
Krishna Vamsi, Prabhu Deva, Sekhar Kammula. Venky
and ML Kumar Chowdary appreciated me for my work.
I would like to thank them all.
about money? Are you earning enough?
I am after good films. If I do good films, then money
would be after me.
you get recognized in public? How do you feel about
A few people started noticing me after Aithe. My role
in Sye got a bit more recognition. After the release
of AOR, I am getting noticed everywhere. Surprisingly
I am approached more by girls than boys. What amazes
me is the fact that girls who generally are after
chocolate boys are preferring actors with realistic
portrayal. I guess the tastes of girls have changed
over a period of time.
you have any girlfriend?
I have lots of friends who are girls. But I do not
have any girlfriend. I am not looking for a girlfriend
at this point of career.
are you favorite actors?
Chiranjeevi, Vikram, Tom Hanks, Al Pacino and Rober
is your favorite director?
Ram Gopal Varma
are you favorite films?
Cast Away (Tom Hanks), Good Fellas (Robert De Niro)
and Scarface (Al Pacino)
How old are you?
I am 25. My date of birth is 22nd November 1979.
is your email address?
Any message to the visitors of idlebrain.com?
Expect good films from me all the time. Watch my films
and love me.
Gangaraju Gunnam (Producer)
Gowri Mumjal (Heroine)
MS Raju (Producer)