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Interview : Vamsi Paidipalli- Oopiri was only possible because of Nagarjuna

With the release date of Oopiri nearing soon, we caught up with the film’s director Vamsi Paidipalli, for a detailed interview. Here is the transcript.

Q) How did this project materialize ?

One of my friends gave me the DVD of ‘The Intouchables’. After watching the film, I was hugely fascinated by every character and decided right away that I should make this film in Telugu. I approached PVP cinema and they welcomed the project with open arms.

Q) What made you select Nagarjuna as a wheelchair bound person ?

Once I decided that I will remake this film in Telugu, the only name which came to my mind was Nagarjuna. Known for experimenting with his films, I hesitatingly approached him and even said that if he doesn’t like the role, I will not make the film at all. Luckily, he accepted the film and the way with which he has portrayed the character is top notch.

Q) Why did NTR back out of this project ?

NTR had serious date issues and had to walk away from the project. The only option left for me was Karthi, and with him agreeing to do the film, we had the opportunity of making the film as a bilingual.

Q) How important is this film in your career ?

Oopiri is a very important film in my career. I have evolved so much as a human being as the film is personally very close to my heart. I have learnt a lot during the making of this film and have worked with some talented people like Nag, Karthi and Tamannah.

Q) Tell us about Tamanna’s character in the film ?

Tamannah’s role is showcased from the audience point of view. She is a bridge between the characters of Nag and Karthi. Tamannah is a very hard worker and has even dubbed in her own voice for this film.

Q) Talks are that you are directing Akhil’s next film ?

Yes ! talks are currently on but nothing has been finalized yet. I will announce my next project only when I am done with Oopiri which releases on the 25th of this month.

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