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Looks of a winner

After hits and awards in the first phase, Jagapati Babu is all set to unleash round two


FROM OUTRIGHT action capers to emotional dramas, Jagapati Babu had been through the gamut, and excelled . Although his box office prowess was never in doubt, it was the Nineties that saw his ultimate apotheosis winning Nandis in a row.

He also came close to attaining an iconic halo, having delivered three resounding hits - Hanuman Junction, Sandade Sandadi and Sivaramaraju. Though he got the best actor award for Manoharam, the actor clocked in with what was by far his most authentic screen performance to date in Shubhalagnam.

He rounded it up with the best supporting actor for his fine tuned performance in Anthahpuram.

At his tastefully done up bunglow, a relaxed Jagapati bares his mind after a sabbatical, looking forward for his next release, Pandhem.

Jagapati claims that his entry and the consequent struggle to maintain his place in the industry is not very different from any other artiste.

"I had my own share of highs and lows as an actor. In these 15 years of my career I was without work for two years . Despite my bleak period I didn't go on a signing spree. I preferred to stay at home rather do something for the sake of money. Dabbu jeevithaniki avasaram kaani dabbu jeevitham kaadhu. My ultimate wealth is my family," he says as a matter of fact. An achievement

The actor feels that becoming a film star itself was an achievement for him followed by success and the phase of survival. " My parents were against me joining films initially. So, it was an impossible dream that came true. After the flops came success followed by awards, money and fans. I have no complaints. With a clean reputation and a career going great guns, Jagapati had always conducted himself with dignity. However, he strongly condemns the gossip and other slandering news that make the rounds in the industry.

"I get agitated when people gossip. There is no point clarifying because they would like to believe it anyway. One should go by their conscience . It's not at all fair. I feel very sad that some people are so perverted and a section of the media wants to capitalise on that.

I appreciate Trisha for showing grit and facing the media. She is very cute girl and a courageous one at that," says the gallant star of his junior colleague in the industry.

Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY

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