Hyderabad: Telugu actor Akkineni Nagarjuna feels he can not typecast himself and must 'exploit' various commercial angles to 'cater to the masses'. The King of Tollywood admits revisiting romance genre with Greeku Veerudu was a 'conscious decision'. He has played all kinds of role in the past. He appears in a brand new get up in his latest outing, which is slated to hit the screens this Friday.
In an exclusive to IANS, Akkineni Nagarjuna spoke about his role
Greeku Veerudu. The Telugu actor said, "As an actor with a
star status, I can't restrict myself to one type of films and
roles. Once in a while I need to go out of my way to do different
films, to exploit all commercial angles to cater to the
In the recent past, Nagarjuna has played roles such as the Sai
Baba in Shirdi Sai, an army major in Gaganam, a
freedom fighter in Rajanna and an evil-fighting hero in
socio-fantasy Damarukam. He added, "A film like Shirdi
Sai caters to the family audiences, while Rajanna
evokes patriotic sense in viewers. Damarukam, on the other
hand, is a full-length commercial film made for the
Nagarjuna returns as a suave lover in forthcoming
romantic-comedy Greeku Veerudu. "It was a conscious
decision to return to the romance genre after a long hiatus. Some
of my memorable films belong to the genre. Since I haven't worked
in a romance flick for nearly a decade, I thought this was the
perfect time to do it. It will be a cool movie for this hot
summer," said Nagarjuna.
Continue to read Nagarjuna's interview in the slide
Dasarath and Nagarjuna's last film was Telugu Blockbuster
Santosham, a romantic movie that came out in 2002. Now,
the actor has teamed up with director Dasarath after over a decade
for Greeku Veerudu.
Nagarjuna Praises Dasarath
Talking about the director, Nagarjuna says, "Dasarath is a very
comfortable director to work with and he has been a champion in
churning out highly successful family and romantic entertainers. We
are extremely confident of the film's (Greeku Veerudu)
Nagarjuna's New Style Statement
Fondly called Nag, the actor has also been constantly sporting
different looks. Talking about his look in Greeku Veerudu,
he said, "Style has become a crucial differentiating factor for
most actors in the industry. I generally choose my look based on
the character I essay. I research a lot on the internet and pick
something that would suit my face."
Nagarjuna's Brand New Look
While he sported a grey beard to play Shirdi Sai Baba, he grew
his hair for his roles in Rajanna and Damarukam.
In Greeku Veerudu, Nag sports a spiked look with beard a
la Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 3.
Nagarjuna Takes Inspiration From Hollywood
Nagarjuna added, "I did take reference from the looks of Robert
Downey, Orlando Bloom and many other Hollywood actors. My look was
more or less a mix and match of several looks from the internet.
But, eventually I chose a look that suited my face and the
character I play."
Produced by D Siva Prasad Reddy, Greeku Veerudu also
features Nayantara, Meera Chopra, K Vishwanath, Brahmanadam, MS
Narayana, Sarath Babu, Ali and Venu Madhav in other roles.
Meanwhile, Nagarjuna is busy wrapping up action-drama
Bhai, and will soon feature in a film titled
Manam alongside his father Akkineni Nageswara Rao and son
Akkineni Naga Chaitanya. He said, "Once I finish Bhai, I
will take a small break and begin work on Manam post
Summer. It's an exciting project where I will share screen space
with my father and son."