At 54, Akkineni Nagarjuna plays roles that give actors half his age tough competition, but his son Akkineni Naga Chaitanya, who doesn't mind the "healthy competition", says as an actor he is always challenged by the roles his father portrays on screen.
In an interview to IANS, Naga Chaitanya said, "Dad and I have a very healthy competition and it doesn't bother me. But I'm amazed at the roles he plays at his age. His roles such as a suave urban lover challenge me as an actor because at half his age, I wish I could play such roles."
The young actor added, "I understand how much people love him when women of my age run to click pictures with him. Therefore, his presence in the industry would only challenge me to work harder, but never pose a threat as competition."
Chaitanya, who belongs to the third generation of actors from the Akkineni family, chose a career in films by will. "Coming from Akkineni family, I could say I was drawn into cinema, but nobody forced me to become an actor. I was 19 or 20 when I was confused whether to take up films as a career. At that juncture, I enrolled in an acting workshop and then eventually realised I was destined to be in films," said Chaitanya, who made his cinematic debut in 2009 Telugu college flick Josh.
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