Actor Srinivas Avasarala's passion for writing and storytelling encouraged him to don the director's hat for forthcoming Telugu romantic-comedy Oohalu Gusagusalade. He says he enjoys the storytelling process more than acting. However, he says that he doesn't like to discriminate acting from direction.
In an interview to IANS, Srinivas Avasarala told, "I've always wished to be a director ever since I started my career as an actor. I enjoy storytelling so much more than acting that I even ghostwrote for two Telugu films. I wanted to control the whole storytelling process. So when I finally found a producer, I decided to become a director."
He added, "I can't tell if acting or directing satisfies me the most because at the end of the day you want the audiences to be entertained and it doesn't matter if you're an actor or director. Maybe as a writer-director you're more responsible because everything on the screen is yours."
Slated to release this Friday, Oohalu Gusagusalade starring newcomers Naga Shourya and Rashi Khanna in the leads, is based on French play Cyrrano De Bergerac. Srinivas Avasarala said, "For most romantic comedies, the inspiration comes from this play. My film also has the spirit of a Woody Allen film. I have tried to find a common ground for these two sources of inspiration and made my film based on that." Continue to read Srinivas Avasarala interview in the slideshow.