us about Subhash Chandrabose that is releasing
on 22nd April?
It has a novel story. We had an opportunity of taking
the present story to period time. Films with this
backdrop have not come in Telugu for a long time.
Hence I was tempted to start on working on this particular
storyline. It is also a prestigious project to Vyjayanthi
banner. It is the 101st film of K Raghavedra Rao.
60% of the film is period-based and 40% of the film
is contemporary. The period part of the film would
give a different experience to the audiences. At the
same time, this character of Subhash Chandra Bose
is not the character of Netaji. It is a fictional
character called Bose who is an ardent admirer of
Subhash Chandra Bose. Even though it is a serious
subject, the narration goes in a lighter vein commercial
pattern. The period part of the film is not treated
as a documentary. We cleverly blended the novel subject
with commercial touch. It excites me as I have never
done a film with this kind of backdrop in the past.
deliberately tried not to make the film a documentary
type. This film would have masala scenes, good
music and an ending that gives a message. Subhash
Chandra Bose offers some variety to Telugu film
lovers for this summer. This film comes up with a
message that national traitors would not be spared.
Somebody from public would rise to the occasion to
finish off the national traitors (desa drohulu).
Chandra Bose is star packed flick with two heroines
(Shriya & Genelia), a white heroine playing Britisher's
role, Gulshan Grover, Tom Alter, Brahmanandam, Kota
Srinivasa Rao, Venu Madhav, Ali. We are trying to
give new flavor with this film. Let us hope for the
you take any precautions while dubbing for the character
in period era?
There is not much variation in language and modulation
aspect for that character. We used simple Telugu.
There are a couple of emotional scenes of confrontation
with British people in which I used different way
song did you like the most in Subhah Chandra Bose
from visuals and picturization point of view?
Neredi Pallu is the best song which is picturized
in a very voluptuous way. Another catchy song of the
film is Jajiri Jajiri. We have a patriotic
Jaihind Vandemataram song that comes in 2-3
places of the film. This song has got certain emotions
and is visually shot well.
us about your latest blockbuster Sankranthi?
I have interrupted the schedules of Subhash Chandra
Bose to accept and make Sankranthi film.
I knew that people were expecting a family oriented
film like Sankranthi after Gharshana
film. Sankranthi is playing really well even
after completion of 50 days. It is poised to create
a record in Vizag and in lots of B and C centers.
It has become a big silent hit. People always accept
a well made family drama. The family audiences above
40 year old who never venture out of their house to
watch films are coming out and watching Sankranthi
film. I had been toying with the idea of doing Sankranthi
for the past 3 years, but only gave a go-ahead last
year because I knew it was the right time.
are clicking in a big way whenever you make family
oriented sentiment films. People are not embracing
you with the same fervor whenever you do mass films.
What do you think is the reason?
I just believing in doing my part with 100% conviction
for any film I am offered. I am not affected by the
result of success or failure. I have stopped playing
the game long back. I am watching myself now. I can
say that I am more sincere in my work than before
and I am more concerned towards the producer. I am
strict with my work. There are only two states for
a film. A hit or a flop! Either people accept the
film or not! And I accept what people give me. But
it does not stop me from continuing my work.
kind of films like Sankranthi run for a long
period of time and collect at par with any of the
big mass hits. Where as films done by mass stars start
off with great openings and falter in the long run.
Due to the openings mass heroes get, media and people
tend to give more hype for mass stars than stars like
you who have more potential in the long run. Do you
feel being robbed off the fame due to this?
I attribute this phenomenon more to the media. Media
try to focus on films with huge openings and they
often tend to ignore films that run steadily and win
in the long run. As of today, I am in a position where
I don't have to ask anybody to promote such kind of
films. Most of the people don't even know how much
silent hits like Vasantham and Sankranthi
collected in the total run. Media should find out
how the films are running after a couple of weeks
of release and it should encourage others to attempt
these kinds of films. That is the reason why I attempt
a family oriented sentimental film for every 3 films
started doing roles that suit you age now?
I know that I have matured in age now and I am attempting
those kinds of roles that suit my age. If you checkout
my character in Sankranthi, it is of an elder brother
of 4 siblings. I am gracefully started looking into
those kinds of characters.
you look at the Hollywood, all top stars start their
career literally in 40's. Heroes have their prime
time in their 40's and 50's.
us why Gharshana failed to get the cash registers
Gharshana film would not appeal to larger class
of audience. It has niche market. Hence we must have
made Gharshana in a limited budget. I think
that Gharshana slipped out of the budget by
a couple of crores. I get fan mail for every film
I do. The fan mail I got for Gharshana film
is from totally different set of audience. I got tremendous
applause from my friends in states. It appealed to
youngsters and urbane audience who love sleek films.
can we expect 'Professor Parvatisam' film from
I seriously get tempted to make that film. It needs
at least 6 months of workout to get my body molded
to the character. The other day I saw an ad in TV
with Amir Khan doing the role of woman. It needs lot
of alteration of my body.
want to do different characters and wide variety of
roles. I am not able to get access to directors who
could offer me such kinds of roles. Nobody offers
me 'out of the world' kind of characters because of
the kinds of audience we have.
you read books related to film personalities?
I picked up this book on Marlon Brando because I like
him the most. I also like Robert Redford. I don't
read many books related to films or film personalities.
I am a great follower of Ramana Maharshi. He opened
up a lot in me. I grabbed the maximum knowledge from
his works. I enjoy reading books by Ramana Maharshi.
is your opinion of percentage system that is recently
introduced by AP State Government. This kind of system
would affect big budget films. Subhash Chandra
Bose being the first big budget film to be released
after this system introduced, how do you feel about
Honestly, I never looked into the business side from
the beginning. So I never studied about which system
is right and which system is wrong. I finally feel
that one should look into how much work they put on
the script while making any film. If you have a good
script, it would become a hit film no matter which
system is prevailing. Most of the filmmakers are not
concentrating on making good scripts and they are
commenting about advantages/disadvantages of a system.
They do have a right to comment about it, because
some people of getting affected by it. What I personally
feel is that the Government should have given some
time (couple of months) before implementing it so
that the producers could chalk down their budgets
to suit the new system. I respect whichever system
is introduced by the Government. Beyond all that,
we should be more disciplined in script work and budget
of the film, which most of us are not currently doing.
Productions has got such a facility that a producer
could walk in with a script, finish his film off and
go out with the prints. When you have such a terrific
infrastructural support, why don't you produce experimental/different
films in low budget and act in them?
A couple of years back I mentioned that I would do
such films. But it is all about time management. I
am spending little more time with my family right
now. Once I get some time, I would start doing it.
At that same time, I have to be successful when I
do such kinds of films so that it would encourage
other filmmakers and heroes to experiment with low
budget films. There is no point in making such films
if they were going to fail. When I make such films,
I ensure that I make commercially successful films.
do you think is the most brilliant Indian heroine?
One has to be very camera friendly to become good
actor/actress. At times, few very good directors manage
to exploit the histrionics from the heroines. Among
the young heroines, I find Trisha to be the best.
She could express herself very well. Earlier Soundarya
was very comfortable with camera. Sridevi is great.
I find Kajol and Rani Mukharjee to be the best camera
friendly actresses. Kajol is a very good example for
lots of heroines. Others are of little more conscious
of their looks etc. Kajol mastered the technique of
being free to the camera.
are racing ahead in terms of connectivity in your
films. The audience tend to connect themselves with
you when you are doing emotional scenes. How did you
master that art?
In my early films, my emotions were not natural. At
that time, industry was going through such a phase
that emotions are said to be performed in certain
formats. During Chanti time I started doing
crazy things by standing in front of the mirror. I
started getting genuine emotions when I focus on something.
I used to take common man (men on the road) as an
example and perform those things naturally in front
of mirror and acting out. I have been through lots
of emotions since childhood. I knew deep down that
I could come up with any expression. Since then I
started applying them while doing my characters in
different films. Whenever I have the most natural
expression, I knew that I was going to make audience
laugh/cry. I was honest whenever I do an emotional
scene and I believed in the situation. That is when
I decided that I am going to stay here for a long
time and some director would come and exploit me as
about the comedy?
Times are changing and lots of new films are being
appreciated. You should look at those films and observe
the expressions. Regarding comedy, I always felt comfortable.
At one stage, I saw Jim Carry's film and he took the
comedy into another level. He got something else which
film brought the maximum performance out of you an
I got drained out when I did Ganesh film. That
film was set up in Hospital backdrop and scenes were
emotional. I tried to do emotions in different fashion.
It took really a month for me after the film to get
out of the spell it created.
is best film you saw in the recent times?
Recently I saw Black film. I was amazed by
the film and wondered when I were going to get these
kinds of roles. I am really happy for Rani Mukherjee
who has done a wonderful job. And great performance
by Amitab Bachchan! Sanjay Leela Bhansali is awesome.
us about your favorite Hollywood films?
God Father is my all time favorite film. I
do never get tired of watching it again and again.
I like all old classics like Gone with the wind,
Roman holiday, Ben Hur etc. Forrest Gump
is one of my hot favorite films. I am looking forward
for some director who could offer me such a kind of
role. In the recent times, I liked Gladiator.
I am planning to watch Million Dollar Baby
you have any message to idlebrain.com visitors?
Work hard, but try to find your trueself. Don't think
that the outside world is really real. The real world
is with in you. No matter how big successful person
you are outside, you grow as much inside. To grow
inside you better take up God seriously. Get the spiritual
knowledge as fast as you can. Don't postpone the God
within you. Keep in touch with your trueself, not
with the ego. If you are going to postpone the Truth,
you would end up living in a prison called outside
Gowri Mumjal (Heroine)
MS Raju (Producer)
& Krishna DK (directors)
Allu Arjun (Hero)