Akkineni Nagarjuna is ready with his new film Manmadhudu 2 which will hit the screens this Friday. On this occasion, we spoke to him for a detailed interview. Here is the transcript.
How nervous are you about this film?
Even though I have done so many films, there are always butterflies in my stomach. I have the same feeling as I am eager to see how the audience is going to react to such a funny script.
Working with Rahul for the first time?
After watching Chilasow, I was really impressed by the way he made the film and felt that he will showcase me in a new way which will not look odd and still entertain the audience. He has made the film in a quick time and also showcased beautiful family emotions.
Why so many words were muted by the censors?
You should ask the question once you watch the film. All the swear words were used for a purpose and they will not look odd and will go with the flow of the film and will be loved by the audience.
Working with Rakul Preet Singh?
Initially, there were reports that I did not like Rakul being a part of the project. All those were just rumors as I had a lovely time working with her. She is a star actress who looks great and I tell others around me to be fitter like her. I had a ball working with her.
About the comedy angle in the film?
Manmadhudu had hilarious comedy featuring Brahmanandam. In this film, there is Vennela Kishore and we had a great time shooting. I hope that the comedy in this film will work well.
How hard was it to romance at this age?
It was not hard at all as the romance is subtle and sweet. I need to thank Rahul for narrating the romance in a sensible manner. More than romance, the film is a good and humorous family drama.
Your role in the film?
I play a middle-aged fun-loving bachelor who is strictly against settling down in life. He has three sisters and his mother who forces him to get married against his will. What he does to satisfy them is the whole story of the film.
How do you look at the new-age content films which the new generation is making?
I am happy about it and feel a bit tensed as work for seniors like me will be less as we cannot attempt those kind of projects. That is also the major reason, I have been attempting remakes off late.
What happened to Soggade’s sequel?
I have been working on it for over a year now. As Kalyan Krishna’s brother has passed away, things have come to a halt as of now. For now, I am busy with Bigg Boss and am enjoying it completely.
Will you do more films in Bollywood now?
No, I only did Brahmastra because I loved my role. The film is a three-part series where the characters keep moving to other parts. Also, as Karan Johar is producing this film, I had faith in him and did this project.
About Akhil’s career?
I am not worried one bit as he is young. He is learning from his mistakes and that is the way to go I feel. Even I was panned by the critics when I entered and Akhil’s time will surely come.
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