Did you learn new things while working with SS Rajamouli, knowing that you are also a director?
What I learnt from him was how to be a good student. He wants to learn new things and he experiments everyday. We should understand that we cannot do anything without passion and belief. One should have patience, and I believe I am blessed with that quality. I have seen lots of ups and downs and many a times, I never got what I deserved. There were times when my hard work went unnoticed. It used to hurt me a lot, but I told myself that a few people and things do not exist for me any more. So, I worked on what I have to do and stopped thinking about other things. When I look at the success of Eega, I feel that tough days are being rewarded finally. The interesting part of the story is, I was in Sandalwood all these years and now I am suddenly being introduced to the world. In fact, Ram Gopal Varma told me the same. He said that he introduced me to Hindi, but Rajamouli has introduced me to the world cinema and it is just a beginning and see where you will go.
In Karnataka, Eega has got an overwhelming response. But a section of people are not happy to watch it in Telugu, rather they would have loved to watch it in the local language Kannada. However, dubbing is unofficially banned in Sandalwood. So, what would you like to say on this issue?
I would like to follow the rules made by the elders in the industry. The good thing that is happening is my fans are watching it without complaining. But the disappointing point is that some big producers like Ramu and K Manju are dubbing my earlier movies to Telugu and Tamil. You should ask them why they are doing it when they are the last person to accept the dubbing in Kannada and first in dubbing our films to other languages. I don't want to get into this whole mess. Public is not stupid and they are quite intelligent. They know what is good and bad. People will answer some day. However, as long as it is my film, my fans will watch and I don't think a language can stop people from watching a film.
What difference do you find in Kannada and Telugu film industries?
I have just worked with SS Rajamouli. Frankly, I don't see major differences, except the fact that Telugu film industry does a lot of homework. Their preparation levels are too high. As far as Kannada film industry is concerned, we have a small market and is within our limits, we are able to make good films. I hope one day we will grow as bigger as Telugu film industry.
Have you started getting offers from Telugu and Tamil film industries?
No. I have not got any offers as of now. I am on cloud nine and let me enjoy the happiest moments of my life. These things happen very rarely in life.