Connect with us

Featured

An Interview Of Telugu Star-Actor Adivi Shesh With Subhash K Jha

Subhash K . Jha

Published

on

Telugu star-actor Adivi Shesh who shot to  superstardom with the thriller Kshanam  had a favourable  year with Goodachari doing impressive boxoffice numbers. Adivi  looks back and looks ahead

It was your birthday on 16 December.How did you spend your big day?

It’s the first birthday I’ve gotten to spend with my parents in a long time. They’ve moved to India after living in the US for close to three decades. That’s my biggest accomplishment this year! More than Goodachari, convincing my parents to come live with me!

2018 was a watershed year for you how do you look at the progress you made this year?

The credibility that comes with the perception of success is something I cherish. I’ve lived with the idea of Goodachari for fourteen years and the film itself was in the making for a little under two years. Of course, its always nice when a movie succeeds at the box office so beautifully. Kshanam 2016, Ami Tumi 2017, Goodachari 2018…. each year, it’s been nice to be part a film that has done well. On a separate note, I don’t take success or failure too seriously.

As an outsider how do you react to the opinion that the Telugu and  Tamil industry is lorded by nepotism ?

Like most outsiders, I used to come with a lot of pre-conceived notions about how nepotism might ruin my chances in the movie business. Today, I feel differently. I will tell you why. The idea of nepotism is fundamental to Indian culture in a way that it is part of our psyche, much less a derogatory term. A doctor’s son in India tends to be come a doctor. A farmer’s son tends to become a farmer. So on and so forth. So, I don’t see what the big deal is, when an actress’ daughter becomes an actress. A lot of the anti -nepotism brigade doesn’t realize that this culture exists across the spectrum in all facets of Indian society. If you’re going to scream it, then talk about it all across, why just limit it to movies? Because they’re a soft target?

In the South, audiences  are very sentimental and protective towards children of veteran  stars?

 It’s all about branding. When travelling, a lot of Americans tend to look for a McDonalds to eat at, no matter what country they are in. It is a brand they’re familiar with, and it brings them comfort, knowing that they can eat from a place where the menu and taste is familiar. That is why people tend to produce movies with star kids. The public knows the brand of the star, they are more likely to go the movie of that star’s son or daughter, because the public associates the kid with the brand of the star. It’s more comforting to watch a newcomer associated with a brand than it is to see a newcomer with no recognition. It’s human. We take comfort in the familiar. In the movie biz, If you can position yourself as a brand that can earn a profit for an investor, the movie business will give you chances, because they have a higher chance of earning their money back. Its dollars and cents, nothing personal. No one has the time or energy to discriminate or take away the chances of success from an unknown but talented actor. So, if you’re an actor who isn’t getting too many opportunities in the biz, ask yourself, are you a brand that the public is excited to see? If not, what do you do to get there? You figure this out, the opportunity comes on its own.

Did you find it tough to break in and when you did was it tough to convince the industry about your language of expression?

It was tough to find the credibility to become a lead actor. That didn’t happen until late 2015. But as an actor, my big break came in 2011 with my second film, Panjaa. A lot of people in the trade told me that I became a leading man of sorts in 2015, and Kshanam cemented that. I never took all that too seriously anyway. I always thought that growing up in different countries would’ve been my asset. And it has been, when writing a story. As a person living here, I’ve always felt like a square peg in a round hole. I still do. 

Goodachari was a smash did you expect it to be such a success?

It’s become my career’s biggest hit and I’m very proud of the work we put in. I’d always hoped and dreamt that it would be a huge success. That’s exactly what happened. And now, a franchise is born. I couldn’t be  happier.

Arjun Reddy ,Bahubali , Goodachari… is Telugu cinema going through a process of radical genesis?

I feel that the new wave started sometime in 2014. People’s ideas started changing. The kinds of concepts being discussed in Hyderabad were a little different. Baahubali was being made. For people to write these movies, start putting them together and release them, the public started seeing the fruit of that around 2015 or 2016. I’m proud to have been in Telugu cinema’s new wave with two of my films. Kshanam and Goodachari. For a big star like Ram Charan to agree to his character in Rangasthalam is incredible, and speaks volumes about how creatively inclined the movie business has become, top to bottom. Commercially as well, the last few years have been phenomenal for the Telugu movie business and that is entirely because of Baahubali, it revived a culture of proud movie-going, for the Telugu people. What Bhangra is to Punjabis, cinema has become that – for the Telugu people. I’m Proud to be told that we are the most profitable movie business in India.

Your career changing film Kshanam was made into Hindi as Baaghi 2 . What did you think of the remake?

To this day, I haven’t seen Baaghi 2. I haven’t gotten around to it, maybe because it’s not really mine. But I’m told by a lot of Telugu folk who’ve seen Kshanam, that Baaghi 2 isn’t their cup of tea. But then, Telugu audiences will always pick Mahesh(Babu) Sir’s Pokhiri over Salman’s Wanted. They’ll always pick the original. Regardless, I respect that Baaghi 2 has become so successful. It’s not that I’m being diplomatic about Baaghi 2. I just don’t feel anything personal toward it.

What are your plans vis-a-vis Bollywood? Or do you believe better to be the lion in your own jungle ?

I’ll be working on my debut Bollywood film in 2019. I’m quite proud of that project and will announce it in due course. I am essentially the product of my experience and my exposure isn’t limited to the Telugu states. I’d love to tell stories that are pan -Indian or even international.

Tell me about your forthcoming projects ?

I’m reuniting with the producer of Kshanam for a pulpy thriller, it’s nice to just be an actor and do something exciting. Goodachari 2 is on the cards and so is an untitled war film. They’re ambitious films. G2 will be huge. We are working very hard to exceed the expectations of G1. We are currently working on the scripts of both G2 and the War film.

I’m not really looking toward direction as a career step. I intend on doing it sporadically whenever a story speaks to me in a way that I feel that I should be the only one that tells that story. Besides, I feel that I’m a better actor than director.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Must Read

Featured1 hour ago

Hina Khan:“The Support I’ve Received From My Fraternity Is Overwhelming”

One condescending snobbish tweet from an arrogant entertainment editor has changed not only the course of television actress Hina Khan’s...

Featured1 hour ago

“Vivek Oberoi Is A Creep,” Says Asha Parekh ,Shatrughan Sinha,Renuka Shahane Blast Vivek

Two days after Vivek Oberoi’s preposterous meme featuring Mrs Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her little daughter, the anger and rage...

Featured23 hours ago

Inaamulhaq Takes On The Communal Issue In Varanasi

The Hindu-Muslim divide in India was never felt to be so pronounced before. And here’s where cinema could play an...

Featured23 hours ago

No Sridevi, No Mr India Sequel, Says Shekhar Kapur

Not again! Rumours and gossip about a sequel to the 1987 landmark motion picture Mr India which brought to viewers...

Featured23 hours ago

Career Frustration Behind Imran Khan’s Troubled Marriage

Imran Khan was at the top of the game when he married his long-standing girlfriend Avantika Malik in 2011. He...

Featured2 days ago

Pankaj Tripathi On Janhvi’s Kapoor’s Comment

The enormously talented Pankaj Tripathi is flooded with compliments for his recent performances.But at times the praise floors him. On...

Featured2 days ago

5 Reasons Why India’s Most Wanted Works Even Before Release

In the week when Will Smith will  take  over  the world over  as the  blue genie in Alladin , here comes  a...

Featured2 days ago

Hina Khan Triggers Off A Movement

Television’s very popular star Hina Khan has a lot to be thankful for, to entertainment journalist Jitesh Pillai. His disparaging...

Featured2 days ago

Vivek Oberoi’s Meme On Aishwarya Isolates Him Further From The Film Industry

If you have wondered why in spite of his  talent Vivek Oberoi made little headway with his  career  , his  latest  antic  gives ...

Entertainment3 days ago

Would Bharat Be The Lengthiest Film Of Salman’s Career?

Considering  it spans more than  70 years of storytelling  , would  Salman’s Eid release Bharat be the  lengthiest  film  of  his career?...

Featured3 days ago

Rajkumar Gupta Confirms Removal Of Controversial Religious References

We are living through volatile  dangerous  and touchy times when  one never knows what would end up offending one or...

Entertainment3 days ago

Saaho To Get A Much Bigger Release Than Baahubali

The  plans for Saaho are getting bigger  by the week.One now hears  that the producers  plan to put out  the film in...

Entertainment4 days ago

12 Actors Who Have Played Specially Abled characters.

Rani Mukherjee in Black, Konkona Sen-Sharma in 15 Park  , Priyanka Chopra in Barfi, Kalki Koechlinin Margarita With A Straw….what’s it about these inwardly-ravaged physically-challenged characters that makes them awards-worthy?...

Entertainment4 days ago

Priyanka Chopra One Song In Bollywood To Go, And She May Duet With Farhan

Priyanka Chopra has just one more song to complete before she’s done with Bollywood for now. The song, a romantic duet, will be filmed  on Priyanka and Farhan Akhtar who plays her husband  in Shonali Bose’s  The Sky...

Entertainment4 days ago

Malaal Gives Us Two Talents To Watch

The  trailer  of the Mangesh Hadawale-directed Malaal  is  out. Mangesh  helmed  an unforgettable film  called DekhCircus Dekh. It is  the finest  film of Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s career,and ...

Entertainment5 days ago

The Censor Board Didn’t Cut Babe-With-Booze-Bottle Scene

BFor a  couple  of days now there  have been stories  on  the Central Board  Of Film Certification(CBFC) ordering a booze...

Sunny Deol Career Hits Rock-Bottom Sunny Deol Career Hits Rock-Bottom
Entertainment5 days ago

No Plans For Gadar 2 Yet, Sunny Deol Denies It

 There were  reports recently  suggesting that Anil Sharma was  planning  a sequel to his  2002  mega-hit Gadar: EkPrem Katha the pre-Partition  love story about an Indian Sikh following...

Featured5 days ago

Ajay Devgan Is The Quiet Achiever

From balancing between two  motorcycles in his maiden  film Phool Aur Kante  to balancing two women  in  his latest  release De De Pyar De….that’s Ajay Devgan for you....

Featured6 days ago

5 Reasons Why De De Pyar De Looks Like A Winner

Because it’s Luv Ranjan, the game changer from Pyaar Ka Punchnama and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. This time Ranjan...

News & Interviews6 days ago

Sonam K Ahuja Preparing For Motherhood

From among the four high-profile recent Bollywood weddings(Anushka-Virat, Sonam-Anand, Deepika-Ranveer , Priyanka-Nick) it looks like Sonam and Anand would be...

Featured6 days ago

Hema Malini Hands Over Her Crown To Deepika Padukone

It’s official, Well,almost. Indian cinema’s undisputed Dream Girl Hema Malini has handed over her crown to a new successor. And...

Featured6 days ago

KGF To Release In China, Yash Reacts

Kannada superstar Yash has a lot to rejoice about. His last year’s release KGF was the surprise blockbuster of the...

Tiger Shroff No Kiss Clause Tiger Shroff No Kiss Clause
Featured6 days ago

Tiger Shroff Denies Being Approached For Bhaichung Bhutia’s Bio-pic

Youth icon Tiger Shroff is currently in the news for his all-system-go performance in Student of the Year 2. Though...

Featured7 days ago

De De Pyar De Is Cuddly Winsome & Naughty

De De Pyar De Starring: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Rakul  Preet Singh Directed by: Akiv Ali Rating: **** ½ (4 and a  half stars) Okay , guys,  there is  news....

Featured7 days ago

Ajay Devgan, Ranveer Singh Will Make Guest Appearances In Sooryavansham

Rohit Shetty’s khaki world just got much bigger, and more inviting. After Ajay Devgan’s Singham and Ranveer Singh’s Simmba, it...

Featured7 days ago

Siddharth Malhotra Dating Another Johar Protégé

Reliable sources from Karan Johar’s Dharma Production confirm that Siddharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani are in a relationship. “They are...

Featured1 week ago

Pooja Bedi Speaks On The MenToo Movement

In the wake of actor-musician Karan Oberoi’s incarceration for alleged rape, Oberoi’s close friend Pooja Bedi has launched a MenToo...

shah rukh khan shah rukh khan
Featured1 week ago

7 Things Shah Rukh Won’t Be Part Of

Since Shah Rukh Khan has made it explicitly clear that he is in no hurry to move on to his...

Featured1 week ago

No Bollywood Debut For Manushi Chillar Yet

There are reports going around that beauty pageant winner Manushi Chillar would be making her debut opposite Akshay Kumar in...

Featured1 week ago

Ananya Pandey’s Role Was Reworked In Student Of The Year2

The one certainty that emerges from the mess created in Student Of The Year 2 is the star potential of...

Featured1 week ago

Karan Johar Stares At Another Flop In A Month

Scarcely had  Karan Johar’s Dharma  Production gotten  over the debacle  of  Kalank than another setback stares the illustrious  production  house  in  the face. Dharma  Productions  Student ...

Featured1 week ago

Shah Rukh Khan-Aanand Rai Fall-Out

The great creative partnership between Shah Rukh Khan and director Aanand L Rai has gone kaput, after the thundering failure...

Shabana In Auntyji A Short Film Shabana In Auntyji A Short Film
Featured1 week ago

Shabana Azmi: “I Am Not Going Anywhere”

A fake tweet with Shabana Azmi’s picture is being circulated stating that Shabana will leave the country if Narendra Modi...

Featured1 week ago

Ajay Devgan Prepones De De Pyar De To Thursday, Poor Response To SOTY2 Responsible?

The Luv Ranjan-produced Akiv-Ali directed Ajay Devgan-Tabu rom-com De De Pyar De has a new release date. It will now...

Featured1 week ago

Roshan Taneja’s Star-Pupils Pay a Homage To The Imcomparble Acting Guru

Roshan Taneja was to the art of acting what Lata Mangeshkar is to singing,or Sachin Tendulkar is to cricket.His death...

Featured1 week ago

Irrfan’s Right To Privacy Must Be Respected

We mediapersons tend to think a ‘no’ is not a no when a potential interviewer clearly doesn’t want to speak.That’s...

Featured1 week ago

Dia Mirza: “I Take My New Responsibility As UN’s SDG Advocate Very Seriously”

The very lovely Dia Mirza has been appointed one of the 6 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Advocate by the...

Featured1 week ago

Roshan Taneja, The Incomparable Acting Guru Is No More

His star-pupil Shabana Azmi  speaks  to Subhash  K Jha  on   the legendary man-artiste-guru mentor.   “He was the only person...

Entertainment2 weeks ago

Tiger 3 Is Being Preponed For Katrina

While there was a  gap of five years between Ek Tha Tiger and Tiger Zinda Hai,the third film in the franchise will be  made  sooner  rather than ...

Entertainment2 weeks ago

Momma Dearest, Bollywood Stars Want To Make Mother’s Say Special For Their Moms

Shabana Azmi: “At 89 Mashallah, Shaukat Kaifi is my mother, my child and my friend.Warm compassionate generous to a fault. But brutally frank. Her memory is failing....

Badnaam Gali Badnaam Gali
Entertainment2 weeks ago

Badnaam Gali Means Well, But Flounders & Falls

Badnaam Gali(Zee5) Starring  Patralekhaa, Divyenndu  Sharma Directed  by Ashwin Shetty Rating: ** ½(two and a  half stars)   A film on surrogate motherhood  for Mother’s Day....

Entertainment2 weeks ago

Vishal’s Ayogya Is Better Than Ranveer’s Simmba

Ayogya(Tamil) Starring Vishal Krishna,Raashi Khanna, K S Ravikumar Directed  by  Venkat Mohan Rating:  ****(4 stars)  For those who were wondering, why a third version  of  the...

Blowing Kisses At Fans & Clicking Selfies Is Not My Idea Of A Birthday Says Vishal Blowing Kisses At Fans & Clicking Selfies Is Not My Idea Of A Birthday Says Vishal
Featured2 weeks ago

Vishal Krishna: “Politics Behind Attempts To Sabotage My Film.”

Tamil  superstar Vishal Krishna  says he was  stunned  when  his producer  informed him that he  won’t be  able to release ...

Vishal Krishna Vishal Krishna
Featured2 weeks ago

Vishal Krishna’s Ayogya Release Delayed

In a  shocking incident  of  last-minute  upheaval, Tamil star and political activist  Vishal Krishna’s new  releaseAyogya was  stopped  from release in Tamil Nadu as  per ...

Entertainment2 weeks ago

Saif On The Success Of Sacred Games, Models His career On Tom Hardy

 In an effort to get the optimum work done without compromising  on  the quality  of  work,  Netflix has appointed two  separate  directors...

Featured2 weeks ago

Salman Khan’s Tribute To Dharmendra, Dharmendra Reacts

Not many know this . But Salman Khan hero-worships Dharmendra and looks for ways to pay him a compliments off...

Movie Reviews2 weeks ago

Student Of The Year 2 Is A Splashy Bore

Starring Tiger Shroff, Aditya Seal, Ananya Pandey, Tara Sutaria Directed by Punit Malhotra Rating: **(2 stars)  In a  film that  runs on  and on , almost as fast ...

Featured2 weeks ago

Namrata Shirodkar On Being Mrs Mahesh Babu

Namrata Shirodkar had to wait for five years to marry the love of her life Mahesh Babu. God knows how...

Featured2 weeks ago

Varun Dhawan Won’t Wear Coolie Outfit In Coolie No 1

Irony can go no further. Varun Dhawan, the illustrious son of the great David Dhawan won’t be wearing the coolie’s...

Featured2 weeks ago

10 Unknown Facts About Ranveer Singh

Ranveer who injured his shoulder during the shooting of Bajirao Mastani had earlier suffered a serious leg injury during the...

Advertisement

Most Popular