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The focus should be on character


Gummadi, the character actor who has enthralled cine buffs with his memorable roles for nearly five decades, says he is against acting in today's films, most of which thrive on vulgarity. The character should be the focus and not the artiste, he says.

His favourite directors are: K. Viswanath, Bapu and Raghavendra Rao, in that order. He describes K.V. Reddy's `Maya Bazaar' as one of the greatest screen plays in the world. "Only four of the main actors who had acted in that film are still alive," he recalls and adds "Poyinollu andaru manchollu, unnollu poyinolla teepi guruthulu".

"I imagine myself in real-life situation and try to do justice to the character," says Gummadi, who has acted in over 500 films.

Asked if he had regretted having not done any particular film, he says, "After seeing `Sankarabharanam', I felt I should have acted in it?". However, I later realised that J.V. Somayajulu had done full justice to the character.

"If I or some other known persons had done that character, people would have not have seen the character (Sankara Sastry) but the actor playing the role. I cherish my roles in "Maro Malupu", "Ardhangi" and "Timmarusu," he says.

Gummadi, who has his roots in stage plays feels that theatre should be given greater priority in the State as in Tamil Nadu and Maharastra.

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