"If you're from a star family, then expectations are always high
even before you enter filmdom. Sometimes the level of expectation
is beyond imagination and, therefore, it's important to make a
smart entry," Rahul told.
"Sometimes your biggest advantage can turn into a disadvantage.
For instance, when your film turns out to be a disaster, the
failure is even bigger than it has been anticipated because you're
a star kid," he said and added that a new entrant from a film
family has to work harder than other actors.
He admits that watching Chiranjeevi on the sets influenced him
to become an actor. "As a kid I spent most of my time watching
Chiranjeevi shoot. In fact, most of our family discussion would be
about him, how he prepares himself as an actor. It personally had a
lot of effect on me," said Rahul, who wanted to be an actor since
the day he was old enough to take decisions in life.
Even though four other members of Chiranjeevi's family - Pawan
Kalyan, Allu Arjun, Ram Charan and Allu Sirish - have earned a
place in the industry, Rahul doesn't see them as competition. "I
only see them as actors, but not as competition. I can't compare
myself with them because they have already earned stardom, and I'm
just making my debut. I want to choose different films and work
with new and aspiring directors instead of worrying about teaming
up with big banners," he said.
Besides Alias Janaki, Rahul is simultaneously working in Telugu
comedy Billa Ranga and Tamil thriller Piravi.
"Alias Janaki is the story of a common man. The entire
story happens within 24 hours of a day and it has a lot of
edge-of-the-seat moments. The story derived from a small thought
that occurred to me. I bounced off the idea to my producers and
they agreed to fund it," said Rahul.
Produced by Neelima Tirumalasetti, Alias Janaki is
directed by debutant Dayaa K, and also features Anisha Ambrose in
the lead. It is releasing July 12. Rahul says he is more keen on
doing small-budget, creative films such as Alias Janaki to ensure
longevity in the industry.
"I couldn't have asked for a better debut than Alias
Janaki. All credit to my director and producer. I want to do
more low-budget and creative films like these to ensure a long
career. It's important to earn the trust of the audiences as an
actor," he said.