With comedy having repeat audience, Allari Naresh is revelling in the offers across languages
With a six crore market that revolves around him, Allari Naresh has long proven that he is above hits and misses. He can do a Sambho Siva Sambho with panache and on another hand adapts to Seema Sastry like a duck takes to water. He has recently been offered 17 Tamil films featuring him as the second hero. As Sudigadu, the remake of Tamil Padam gets ready, the actor talks about his other projects as well and states that he is not inclined towards a six-pack body. “Sudigadu has every cliché and formula of 108 popular films made from 2000 onwards to 2012 and some that are yet to be released. We have picked scenes and dialogues that are funny, that have worked and lampooned them. In case people have forgotten, there will be background music to remind them of the film that it has been picked from. Only 30 per cent is from Tamil Padam, we have included faction and naxalism that are more in demand and not Mooga Manasulu or some vague Janaki Ramudu, this is for the recent generation.”
He adds that they didn’t incorporate the dialogues just because it rhymed but because the scene demanded it. “For instance Nako Kukkundi, daaniko bokkundi (bone) is from Gabbar Singh’s Nakonchem Tikkundi daaniko lekkundi. They are all so silly and funny that I enjoyed dubbing. On a spoof on Boys, the senior actors are all my juniors, M.S Naryana calls me “Hey dude” and Kondavalasa instead of saying Bro pronounces it as Bru.”
With the rise in prices for satellite rights and Naresh’s comedy clippings and songs being shown at least four times in every channel, the demand for the actor has gone up. Comedy is something that people will enjoy seeing twice or thrice; unlike sentiment and action stories and the trailers guarantee a dekko. However, does he miss holding an axe? Is he trapped in his image?
“Not at all. In Gayam I revolt, hit out when people tear a prostitute’s clothes. If the emotion is necessary people will accept it. Didn’t Sunil who was a comedian wow people when he showed off his six pack and beat the baddies to pulp? Didn’t Venkatesh who was passive, rebel when his mother was targeted in Chanti?,” he avers. Ask him if he will sport a six pack and he says, “It is difficult, you’ve got to stay without water and maintain it. It won’t suit me — I’m lean and as long as I am this way, it’s enough.”
His next movie is a 3D which will thrill the audiences. There is plenty of comedy in it.
Fifty percent of that movie is done as is another socio-fantasy film. In that movie, Naresh falls in love with the daughter of Lord Yama (played by Sayaji Shinde). As if in answer for those who say that Sayaji’s Telugu isn’t perfect, the tentative title is “Marathi Yamudu..ithaniki Telugu raadhu.”
Now that all his contemporaries are getting married, when he is trying the knot?
“I’m busy attending weddings, once that is done, it will be my turn,” he guffaws.