Upendra is fully charged for the release of his biggest-ever cinema of his career, Katari Veera Surasundarangi. The trend-setting filmmaker-actor is back with full-fledged 3D film, the first of its kind in the last two decades. As part of a promotional activity, he spoke to Prakash Upadhyaya of Oneindia about the film, his co-stars, making and more. Here are the excerpts of the interview:
You have known as a trendsetter. With Katari Veera Surasundarangi, you are opening a new chapter in 3D history in Sandalwood. Please tell us about how the concept of 3D happened?
The 3D concept did not feature in our scheme of things when we planned the film, but the lavish sets at Ramoji City and the overall rich appeal made us to think about it. Indeed, cameramen Venu was the first person to come up with the idea and producer Munirathna liked it too. Director Suresh Krishna responded it instantly and he approached stereographer of Chota Chetan. The things started felling into the places soon after that.
The trend of 3D and high-end graphics are slowly becoming the order of the day in South films? We can take Magadheera and Arundhati as examples. How do you welcome this change in filmmaking?
People demand growth and change. Technically, 3D has been difficult to be made. It is because the technology demands the 3D projectors, screens and glasses to screen. In KVS case, Munirathna decided to take the responsibility of setting the right infrastructure and the theatre owners also welcomed the change. He shelled out money from his pocket on many theatres in order to introduce the technology.
The promos and stills of the film make us to believe that the film falls under comedy genre. But your Rakta Kaneeru also had similar pre-talks and ended up being a fun movie with a serious message. Can audience expect the same from Katari Veera Surasundarangi?
This movie is not as serious as Rakta Kaneeru. KVS is a comedy and a colourful film. Having said that it will deliver a small message in the climax.
Could you please tell us about your characters in KVS?
Audience will get to see two roles: one of Mohan, who passed away in Rakta Kaneeru and other is his son. They will come face to face in the hell.
Your roles have often left a lasting impression amongst your fans. Be it in Upendra or Rakta Kaneeru, they have whole-heartedly accepted your characters. So, has your character been penned keeping it in mind?
Ya, definitely. The dialogues and the style of mouthing will impress the audience. They will surely like it.
You were paired up with Ramya in Gowramma. Now, after almost six years, you have teamed up with her again. How was the experience and did you see any difference in her acting abilities?
She really looks very beautiful in KVS. I felt that she has matured as an actress. Else, she would not have reached where she is now today. She is a hard worker and in this film, she has choreographed a song.
And, what about other actors.
Ambareesh and Dodanna are senior actors and they have done wonderful jobs. The roles of Yamadhama and Chitra Gupta perfectly suits them.
What role Muthappa Rai has done in the film?
He has a cameo in the movie and he has got a special role in the movie. Acting is in his blood and he is good performer. A lot of offer might come his way after this film.
Please tell us about director Suresh Krishna.
He is a great director and his contribution to the film is praise worthy. He along with Janardhana Maharshi and producer Munirathna have penned the screenplay.
Did you help him in direction department?
No, I used to give him suggestions.
Please update us about your future projects.
As I told you in my earlier interview, I have three movies like Godfather, Topiwala and Kalpana to complete. And the Upendra sequel is in the scripting stage.
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