was at Reliance Web World, Punjagutta on 23rd August
2004 to do video conference with Reliance Mobile customers who
won a contest held for Gharshana film. He took that opportunity
to have a small chitchat with the scribes. Venkatesh looked
very happy and was very honest and forthright about his views
and opinions. Here are the excerpts of the casual and informal
you happy with how Gharshana performing?
Yes. Our target audiences are the people in A centers who enjoy
different kind of cinema. This film is doing well with steady
collections in A centers. This film is not targeted for the
crowds of B and C centers. It was a bold attempt by me and the
target audiences appreciated it. I would like to thank them
all. At the same time I have also learnt lessons.
are the lessons?
The different films like Gharshana should have been made on
a low budget and should be released with not more than 50 prints
to cater to the target audience. If you release that film in
20 theaters in Hyderabad, how would it sustain in the long run?
kind of role do you expect media to play?
Media should write good things about different films like Gharshana
and promote them. Otherwise, the Telugu film industry would
be struck with the formula films. Fahrenheit 9/11, though it
is like a documentary film, the movie lovers identified themselves
with the content of the film. If media writes good thing about
Gharshana and promote it well, it would do a world of good to
the Telugu film industry as it encourages the filmmakers to
come up with different and better films.
you think experimental films like these would have a risk factor
associated with it?
Every hero has hits and flops. Even if you play strategies and
calculate your image and play to it, there is no guarantee that
the film would definitely become a hit. We should take our chances
once a while. However hard we work for a film, it needs something
beyond human effort to make the film succeed at box office.
Every film would get what it deserves.
you expecting a Nandi award for your performance in Gharshana?
I already have 4-6 Nandi awards. I think the committee should
consider giving Nandi awards to the newcomers so that they would
feel encouraged instead of giving awards for a person like me
who already have so many of them in kitty.
you planning to promote Gharshana in B and C centers?
Gharshana is not the film for B and C centers.
told in the last press meet about Professor Parvathisam role.
When are you going to do it?
I need to change my physical appearance for it. It would take
at least a year and half for that film to go on floors.
that be an experimental film?
No. It is a full-fledged commercial film, which would be a laugh
us about Subhash Chandra Bose film?
I am growing beard and hair for that role.
that get-up something similar to Aamir Khan in 'The Rising'
Yes it is! But let me make it clear that I did not know about
that get-up when we started the film. It is just a coincidence.
That character would be there for 9 reels, which are periodic.
The remaining story of the film would take place in the present
you want to do your brand of characters like Raja, Vasantham
I am not averse to do them. If fact films like Suryavamsam and
Vasantham had mind boggling shares in B and C centers. I would
do family oriented film very soon.
do you see yourself when you are at work or interacting with
There is an outer side and inner side for me. What I do from
9 am to 7 pm is drama. This drama continues till I die.
is the experience of chatting with fans over video conferencing
at R world?
It is a quite an exciting new concept. Thanks to R World. It
is a mutual promotional exercise where both the parties get
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