Telugu actor Navdeep, who has done some good as well bad films in his decade-long career, says he is happy that he has managed to survive in the industry. However, he is not too satisfied with his choice of films. The actor, who debuted in films with Jai in 2004, has starred in more than 30 movies in the last one decade.
Navdeep, who was last seen in Anukshnam, told IANS, "I
feel I could've been in a better position with solo hits to my
credit. I could've been even more successful. On the contrary, I
think I have successfully survived far better than any of my
counterparts, and I'm glad that I've been getting offers."
"There are some films I do because I have to do...(and) some
films I take up with the hope of doing something different. Every
role can't be challenging and I can't sit and wait for good roles.
I choose the best from what I'm offered. That's why I'm not too
satisfied with some films I've done," he added.
With hits such as Chandamama and Arya 2 to his
filmography, Navdeep's last few films did not do well at the box
office. Yet he's busy with multiple projects because "my attitude
towards work has kept me busy. I don't choose bad films. It's just
that some films don't work". He currently has three Telugu films -
Natudu, Antha Scene Ledhu and Antha Nee Maayalone
in his kitty.
Navdeep has also worked in a few Tamil films, with Arinthum
Ariyamulam being his biggest hit. He still couldn't build his
career there. "I was about 18 when Arinthum Ariyamulam
released. Had I got that success when I was 25, I would've managed
to succeed. I didn't have the maturity or exposure to cash in on
the success at that young age. I did a few films after that but
they didn't do so well," said Navdeep, who has also worked in Tamil
films such as Aegan and Solla Solla
The actor also has Tamil film Nondi Kuthirai in the
offing. When asked about what he thinks has changed in the industry
since his debut in 2004 Telugu film Jai, and pat comes the reply:
"Making a film has become easier but releasing it is challenging. I
think today anybody can make a film. The technology and budget is
no longer a constraint because filmmakers have mastered the art of
making low-budget films. I can make a film today with a 5D camera
and there are people who are even willing to work for
He feels the film-making process has evolved thanks to the
advancement in technology. But there's a catch. "Taking a film to
the audience has become tougher. People are not addressing this
problem seriously. Everybody is concentrating on making films but
not as much on this pressing issue. I don't think that's a good
sign," he added.
Looking back and learning from his own career, Navdeep said: "I would like to raise my standards as an actor. I've also learnt that when I don't have films, I need to be patient and when I'm busy, my attitude towards work shouldn't change."