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 in Dasarath's 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 masses."
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 masses."
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.
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