Actor Daggubati Venkatesh has many firsts with Telugu thriller Drushyam. This is his first non-commercial film and his maiden venture with a female director. He says the "challenging" remake has helped him break all the trappings of a star. Set to release this Friday, Drushyam is an eponymous remake of a Mohanlal-starrer Malayalam blockbuster.
"I feel Drushyam has given me the opportunity to stop doing the regular commercial songs and dances. It has helped me break away from the trappings of being a star and approaching a film with a different mindset," Venkatesh told IANS in an interview.
"It's a film like this that will encourage star actors to back more meaningful scripts, work with newcomers and detach themselves from star status and do meaningful films. The success of Drushyam will change the face of the Telugu industry for ever," added the actor who did Hindi movies like Anari and Taqdeerwala in the 1990s.
Venky, as his fans fondly call him, has starred in several remakes over the years, but Drushyam was challenging for him. "I have a good success record with remakes in my career. Audiences have accepted me in several remakes over the years. But this is the first time I'm starring in a remake of a Mohanlal film and therefore it wasn't easy to step into his shoes," he said.
Venkatesh added, "When you work in a remake, there's always the pressure of living up to the expectations of the original. Moreover, I was working in the kind of film I've never done before. Therefore, the overall experience was challenging." Continue to read Venkatesh's Interview.