Ever since the long-awaited Saaho was released the savage flak directed at its young director Sujeeth Reddy has left him reeling. Rather than justify what he has done in Saaho Sujeeth has sensibly decided to stay mum.
And stay with his Mum. Sujeeth’s mother is looking after him, as he recovers from the aftershocks of a film gone horribly awry, and from dengue fever.
“What did I do?” he asks rhetorically in an exclusive conversation with this writer. “I made the film me, Prabhas Sir and my producers believed in. The audiences came in large numbers to see our effort. But I am still being criticized harshly, as if I have committed a crime.”
Outrageous statements such as the one where Sujeeth is quoted as claiming that fans of Saaho in Bihar want to build a temple for him, has Sujeeth stumped.
“Sir please show me where I’ve said this.I never said this. One guy who has nothing to do with the film made this statement on YouTube. I would never give these kinds of statements . I know how ridiculous it sounds,” Sujeet laughs mirthlessly.
He wonders why he is being slammed so savagely. “I don’t know why all these reports targeting me are being published.I’ve not spoken to anyone in the media except you after the film’s
release. Even when I say ‘No comments’ it is turned into an interview.I last gave interviews one day after the release of Saaho. And those quotes are now being used against me.”
Sujeeth says he is not prone to selfcongratulations. “My mother would kill me if I became pompous. They build temples for people like Rajinikanth Sir and Mammootthy Sir. I can only be a devotee at the temple of great actors and great cinema. I am not into bragging, Sir. I am just staying away from the media and public appearances because of all the negativity being thrown at the movie. Love or hate the film. But why target me?”
Sujeeth says it will take him time to recover from the backlash. “I should be enjoying the film’s success. Instead I am sick in bed. All confused in my head. Fortunately for me Prabhas Sir and the producers are supporting me. That’s the only good thing happening in my life right now.Seeing all the criticism I decided to keep quiet, And still, all these negative things are being said about me.”
Sujeeth is trying to remain unaffected. “I am staying calm, wondering what wrong have I done.”