Babu is shooting for his film 'Athadu' in the direction
of Trivikram Srinivas at a lake located in ICRISAT campus in
Hyderabad on 7th August 2004. A scene on the bridge of the lake
is being canned on Mahesh Babu and Sunil. Idlebrain.com
has caught up with Prince Mahesh in the shooting break for 10-minute
chitchat as his birthday (9th August) and the film Arjun's release
(18th August) are fast approaching. Here are the excerpts
different is your birthday going to be this year?
I am looking forward for 18th August so that my Arjun film would
you make any mistakes in the past one year?
I think you wanted to know my opinion about the failure
of Nani film. Nani is a well made film. It is a big hit in Tamil
too. It did not do well in Telugu because my image did not suit
the Nani character. I think I miscalculated my image factor
when I accepted Nani film.
you make any changes in Arjun film because Nani flopped?
We did not do even a single change in Arjun script because of
Nani's flop. We went ahead and completed the film Arjun the
way we wanted to make it. Arjun is a complete commercial mass
the release of Nani, you announced that there would be another
film in the combination of you, Manjula and Surya. Is it still
The film with Manjula would start in the month of December
2004 (director is not Surya). However a film in the direction
of Surya would be there at a later point of time.
are you offering to the Telugu film lovers through your film
Arjun is a perfect film for big screen entertainment. Even
if you get hold of a pirated CD, you do not feel like watching
it, as Arjun would be feast to your senses only when you watch
it on big screen.
is a Rs. 20-crore budget film. Were you nervous while working
for this film?
Not at all! The main reason for my confidence is the direction
of Gunasekhar. He handled such a thin subject like Okkadu in
an extraordinary way. Now that we have a strong subject for
Arjun, I am sure Gunasekhar would take it to higher levels.
Srinivas is known for his soft scripts and lighter vein dialogues.
How is this 'Athadu' - a mass film - going to be?
The title 'Athadu' is a self-explanatory one. It is not a soft
title. There is so much of force (mass punch) in it. Trivikram
is one technician who is flawless with 100% success rate. He
would live up to the expectations movie lovers have for 'Athadu'.
seem to be getting hits and flops alternatively. How do you
feel about change of fluctuations in the results?
I feel sad about it. Do you think I enjoy it when I get flops?
(Giggles) I sign films hoping that they would become blockbusters.
I will try my best to deliver the next 2-3 films as blockbusters.
are accepting a lot of films from your home productions (Manjula's
film Nani followed by Ramesh's film Arjun and again another
film with Manjula as producer in December 2004). Don't you give
preference to outside producers?
Do you think we are making films on home banners only for the
sake of money? Arjun is such a big budget film and Nani is such
an experimental film. I took the risk by making good films on
my home banner.
are the highlights of Arjun?
It is a very high standard cinema technically. The Madhura Meenakshi
set is terrific. The night effect song in that set is mind blowing.
There would be lot many highlights. And it is a 20-crore film.
Hence we want to keep the surprise elements in tact till the
film is released.
you get any premonitions about the fate of the film while it
is under production? What is your gut feeling about the film
I am always confident for all the films I acted so far. But
with a director like Gunasekhar at the helm of affairs, I am
supremely confident about the success of Arjun film. More than
my gut feeling, I have tremendous faith in the judgment of my
father (Superstar Krishna). My father has seen all nine films
I acted so far before the release itself. For all films, he
appreciated me that I did well. But only for Okkadu, my father
told me privately that the movie was good. After watching Arjun
film, he is more excited than that of Okkadu. And he commended
that Arjun movie is very good.
- on behalf of our esteemed visitors - wish Mahesh Babu a great
birthday and a prosperous year of hits in form of Arjun and
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