us about you journey as an actor so far?
I had no aspirations to become an actor. But Director (Late)
Satya Reddy insisted that I act in the film 'Dongalunnaru
Jagratha' in 1991. That film bombed. Later on I acted
in a couple of films which went unnoticed. Once I started
acting in films, that acting itch has gotten over me. I had
no good educational background as I failed my 10th class.
Hence I had no other job to do; I wanted to continue in acting.
But nobody gave any offers to me in films. My father Giri
Babu is not that kind of person who recommends me to producers/directors.
He is against recommendation and feels that I should earn
the roles with my own talent.
shifted to Television media and started acting in various
serials aired on E TV, Gemini TV and DD8. I had aspirations
to become a producer. During that time I also acted in around
30-40 stage plays under the guidance of veterans like Rallapally,
Ramana Murthy and PJ Sharma. I won Nandi award for my performance
in Gandhi Jayanthi natakam in which I played the role
Vamsi cast me to act as brother of Sonali Bendre in Murari
film. We never met earlier. Sivaji Raja, Brahmaji and Kishore
(director of unreleased film Mr. Erra Babu) have recommended
me to Krishna Vamsi. I acted in films after a gap of almost
10 years for Murari. I got appreciation for that character.
But I did not get any immediate offers in Telugu.
Vinayak called me one day and said that he was impressed with
me in Murari film and he particularly etched a character
called Gangi Reddy in his script of 'Aadi'. The stupendous
hit of Aadi has paved way to more roles for me. My career
started blossoming from Aadi. I got the serious characters
of smalltime villain and henchman.
was Krishna Vamsi again who brought the comedian out of me.
My comical character of 'Production Manager' in Khadgam
got appreciated a lot. From then onwards I was also getting
comedy-oriented baddie characters. My performance in Dil
and Kabaddi Kabaddi were worth mentioning.
far I acted in around 50 films.
us about your role in Bunny?
I got my biggest break with the role of 'Soori' character
in Bunny film. The combination of Prakash Raj and me
in Bunny is similar to that of Rao Gopal Rao and Allu Ramalingaiah
in old films. In the first half, I play as the goon who thinks
that he is a big shot in rowdies. In the second half, he becomes
a guddi goonda. Film lovers are enjoying my role and
I have been flooded with telephone calls from 6th April onwards
congratulating my performance. I would like to thank Prakash
Raj, MS Narayana and Venu Madhav for their contribution in
elevating my character. I also would like to thank director
VV Vianayak, Allu Arvind, M Satyanarayana Reddy, Allu Arjun
and other technicians.
us about your role in NVNV?
MS Raju and Prabhu Deva are passionate filmmakers. When they
asked me to do the comedy-oriented goon role, they wanted
it to be different from my earlier characters. I modulated
my voice to imitate MR Radha (of Tamil films). That character
has comedy coming out of his innocence.
type of characters do you personally like?
Though I am willing to do all kind of characters, I personally
like comedy villain roles.
are you going to do the role of main villain?
I guess I am not ready for it yet. Let me climb the ladder
step by step.
our Telugu film industry, directors/writers have the tendency
of transforming Telugu-based serious villains into comedy
villains. Are you not afraid that you would be branded as
comedy villain in future?
No. People also enjoy my performances as serious villain too.
My role in Kabaddi Kabaddi was a very comedy-oriented
one. Dil was released 10 days after Kabaddi Kabaddi.
My character in Dil was of serious kind. People liked
Dil character as well. I think I have the versatility
to do justice to all kinds of characters.
are the films you are currently acting in?
PB Arts film (Bala Krishna), Jagapati, Srikanth's film
(produced by Tammudu Satyam), Mr. Erra Babu (Sivaji),
Manoj film (directed by Dasarath), Raja Sekhar's film, ML
Kumar Chowdary's film (directed by Devi Prasad) etc.
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