Jagapathi Babu, who turned 52 on Wednesday (Feb 12), says he is ready to take up mature roles and "strong" characters as well supporting parts in his second innings in the film industry.
Jagapathi, who has played a successful romantic hero on the big
screen for nearly two decades, will be seen in the role of an
antagonist for the first time in upcoming Telugu political drama
"Let's admit it that I'm getting older. I can't expect hero
roles to come by anymore. Therefore, I've decided to take up strong
characters as well as supporting roles. I'm interested to play
mature roles, even if it means playing negative characters," Jagapathi told IANS.
"I agreed to play a negative character in Legend because it's an
important character. It's not one of the usual villain types of
roles because it has a purpose. I feel I've begun my second innings
in the industry and I hope audience will continue to love me like
they did all these years," he added.
Going forward, he says he wants to work for his family. "All
these years I worked hard and hardly retained whatever I earned.
From now on I want to work hard and earn for my family, my wife and
daughter. I'm planning to take them on a holiday that is long due.
I think they deserve it more than me," he said.
On the occasion of his birthday, the makers of Legend
revealed his look from the film. He hopes the film does well. "I
can confidently say that Legend will be successful. I'm
signing films that I feel will work and I trust my instinct on
this. The other two films I'm currently working on will also be
successful when they come out," he added.
His other two films include Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham
and Ra Ra Krishnayya.
"I play a character quite contrary to what I play in
Legend in my forthcoming Ra Ra Krishnayya. This
is the kind of variation I'm looking forward to in roles in future.
No two roles should be similar and I want to ensure that never
happens," he said.