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Steady success

Srikanth is riding high after `Shankardada M.B.B.S.' and `Swarabhishekam'


SRIKANT'S VICTORY in films is a result of relentless hard work. His is a story of tortoise who has beaten several hares. He has played the bad man of Telugu cinema, shifted to character roles and then to solo hero projects. From One by Two to Swarabhishekam, he has come a long way through sheer perseverance. In a freewheeling chat, Srikanth tells us that acting is the only job he ever wanted to do.

A quick flashback. Wanted to be an actor ever since Srikanth remembers, he completes a course in Madhu Film Institute and gets a break in One By Two. Taj Mahal resurrects his career and Pelli Sandadi catapults him to the top slot. He wears Egirey Pavurama, Aame, Preyasi Raave, Vinodam and a few others on his sleeve. Today, he is madly driven and is passionate about the characters he plays. Talking about the debacle of Intlo Srimathi veedhilo Kumari, Srikanth says he had to do the film for emotional reasons. "I had earlier done Pellam Voorelithe from the same banner and though the role was short, I felt since it was a remake of Hungama, it could pull the crowds. Unfortunately, it didn't work. The same happened with Letha Manasulu. We were wrong when we thought that this remake of Tamil film Alagi would do good business. We changed the original version to suit the Telugu audience's taste and the result is here for you to see."

Srikanth feels that films like Khadgam cross one's path very rarely. "It has the inimitable touch of Krishna Vamsi. The director got me charged for the role one week before the film got under production and through out I was in the same mood. So completely involved was I that sometimes when I went home, my guys would ask me why I looked so serious. I think that was one film for which I got under the skin of the character. The film was a multi-starrer but everyone made his/ her own special mark in the film."

Talking about his roles in multi-starrers, he says, "I think I'm the only person who has done many films with other heroes like Jagapathi Babu, Chakravarthy, Venu and Venkatesh. If the subject is good, I hardly bother about my role. I just wish the movie does good business."

Talking about Shankardada M.B.B.S., he says, Chiranjeevi and his other co-stars have helped him in his role — be it dressing, or dubbing of the Telangana dialect. He had watched the Hindi version but never imitated Arshad Warsi. "A lot of people were against me doing this role. But, Chiranjeevigaru had complete faith in me and I'm happy I lived up to his expectations."

Right now it is raining movies for Srikanth. He is doing Sankranthi, which he calls a feel-good film. "You will enjoy watching this because it advocates joint family system and there is nothing negative about it. Radhagopalam, directed by Bapu garu, is so realistic and picture perfect. I am lucky to work with directors like him and Vishwanath garu. I did Swarabhishekam only because of the director. When I got the offer, I immediately signed without hearing the story. I was doing Shankardada and Swarabhishekam simultaneously. One schedule followed the other and people wondered how I could manage two entirely different roles at the same time. The climax scene in Swarabhishekam was fulfilling."

Srikanth concludes that he is open to experimental films and is looking forward to working in scripts that have a humane touch. "I usually don't work in high-budget films. All my films are less risky and give a minimum guarantee. Even if my movie flops, it survives the bare minimum. If it is a hit, I like to see the satisfaction a producer gets. And yes, all of us should help curb piracy. "

Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY

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