February 4, 2009
It’s doctor turned actor Raja Sekhar’s birthday today (4 February). After delivering two hits Evadaithe Nakenti and Gorintaku, Raja Sekhar is all set for the release of his next film Satyameva Jayathe directed by his actress wife Jeevitha. Raja Sekhar speaks about films and controversies surrounded him in this chitchat -
When is Satyameva Jayathe releasing?
We started working on this script two years back and now it is going to release on 13 February 2009. The film came out as per the expectations. Sai Kumar dubbed my voice in this film.
Is it a remake of Hindi film Khakhi?
No. We have taken only the base line. I did story and screenplay for Satyameva Jayathe. Screenplay will be different and characterizations will be good.
Has it any relevance to the society problems?
Yes. We discussed a few existing problems in the society like terrorism. The caption of the film is – Police is the first judge. I play a sincere cop leading a team of young cops and Milind Soman is doing the role of a terrorist. Satyameva Jayathe will tell how a man with power can change the society in a positive manner
Neetu Chandra accused you of manhandling her in RFC. Tell us what happened?
Satyamevaa Jayathe has many artists working in the film. Neetu Chandra asked us for dates adjustment for the last day of her shoot as she has committed a Bollywood project on the same date. We did a favor by shifting her work to the night before. We asked all other artists to stay back because Neetu has to go. We did not touch her. She is a kind of lady who makes an issue out of it if other caravan has a better color.
I am in this industry for the past 24 years and did you hear me behaving badly with women? I think the whole issue is politically motivated.
She gave interviews against you in national media. Why didn’t you respond to it?
We didn’t want to make a big issue of it.
How different is this birthday compared to your last birthday?
The unfortunate attack on my family has happened on 28 January last year. I saw tremendous solidarity from all corners of film industry. They all came and stood by me. I had two continuous hits Evadaithe Nakenti and Gorintaku. I am expecting a hat-trick with Satyameva Jayathe.
Tell us about your politics career?
I don’t think I am 100% qualified enough to be a full time politician. I am not eligible. But I am 100% sure that Jeevitha can become a good political leader.
What is your response to Pawan Kalyan’s comment about you talking Telugu improperly?
My Telugu is like this only. And at this age, even if I try to improve my Telugu, it is not possible. But I am doing script work and dialogues in Telugu only.
There are allegations on you that you don’t even provide food to your maid servant?
We are four family members and there are eight servants. We never trouble our servants. I feel sad that people are targeting us unfairly because we joined Congress party.
What about newspaper reports that your cheque given to the family of died fan at Gorintaku theatre was bounced?
We gave Rs one lakh cash to theater owner and asked him to give it to the family members of the deceased fan. But he gave a check to the family members and it was bounced. It was not our fault and that issue is settled now.
What is your birthday resolution this year?
I will be in Chennai supervising the final mixing of Satyameva Jayathe. We are buying a water purifier worth 6 lacs and donating it to a village in Nalgonda district affected with fluoride problem.
I am also good with medicine as I am a doctor. I want to spend some time every week and serve the people as the doctor.
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