Actor Brahmanandam says he didn't help his son Raja Gautham, who had a disastrous Telugu debut Pallakilo Lo Pelli Koothuru almost a decade ago, because he wanted him to learn the hard way.
Talking to IANS, Brahmanadam told, "He was 18 when he entered films. It was unfortunate that his debut film didn't do well. I could've pushed him forward but I wanted him to learn from his own mistakes. I wanted him to learn the hard way. I'm always there for him but as a moral support."
The comedian added, "I'm happy that his second film is coming out. I wouldn't be promoting it if I didn't like it. I want to see him take up a variety of roles and prove himself as an actor than a hero."
Gautham's second Telugu release Basanti is releasing in theatres across the globe on Friday (February 28). Brahmanadam said, "His career is in his own hands. I can only guide him because when I made my debut many years ago, I didn't have anyone to guide me. I don't want him to rely on me."
Directed by Chaitanya Dantuluri, the film Basanti features Alisha Baig alongside Raja Gautham. It has music by Mani Sharma.