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chat The lull is over for Varun Sandesh and he is as busy as a bee

For the first time in his career, Varun Sandesh did not have a film release for a year but he has no regrets. With a pocket full of movies, he is either busy wrapping up a few of them, waiting for a couple of them to release, shuttling between studios shooting and yes, waiting to finalise some projects.

The actor rues that most people did not know that Priyudu hit the screens last December – they were enquiring about when it would release . It has become important now not only to do a good film but also look into the credentials of the producer; without the publicity and promotion the movie remains a half baked product.

“True, I hardly saw a poster or a hoarding in the city and this is the longest gap I’ve had in my career. At the end of the day the film should come out well and the audience should receive it well. I've been working continuously for the past few months and two of my movies are in the final stages of production. Two films will be launched next month. Chammak Challo had some gaps but it was great working with Neelakanta,” he says.

Varun feels happy about being associated with directors who have worked with him for the first time and went on to bag plum projects. Srikant Addala who directed him in Kottha Bangaru Lokam is now directing Mahesh and Venkatesh in Seetamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu and Sampat Nandi directed him in Yemaindi Yeevela had a big hit in Ramcharan Tej's Raccha . He adds, “It feels good that their second films are all big ones. Though I don't know the story of Seetamma Vakitlo I can say with confidence that it will work, as I have seen Srikant's working style. Chammak Challo has been produced by DS Rao who had produced Pilla Zamindar and Mr. Nokia . Promoting movies is his forte.

Neelakanta wanted to go on this track after Missamma but couldn't and now he has chosen a college story. It feels nice to get back to a college story after a long time.”

The actor is all praise for Neelakanta and reveals that if he had not been a director he would have been a fabulous actor. “The director acts every scene for them and his expressions are so fabulous and meticulous,” he reveals. “Then he lets you do it in your style. I had a great equation with him and knew what he wanted.

What are the projects Varun has in the pipeline? “There is a crime comedy D For Dhopidi directed by Siraj. There is also a movie by Bhanu Shankar that I'm committed to another by the producers of Tanish's recent hit Mem Vayasuku Vocchaamu . Another film will go the sets from November and the remaining two projects I'm not allowed to talk about,” he.

Varun is wearing black and sporting an Ayyappa Mala. Ask him if his faith and religion come in the way of his work, he explains, “Staying without work for 41 days is strategically impossible. I'm leading a disciplined life within the time constraints and I am doing it perfectly. Work is worship, and no religion tells us to offer prayers without working. My uncle Sridhar wore the Ayyappa Mala eleven times and I would observe him. This time my grandfather had a complicated operation and my decision to do Ayyappa puja was spontaneous. These 41 days of austerity tests one's will power and already one week has passed without my noticing it, this is an experience I can never forget.”

y. sunita chowdhary

This is the longest gap I've had in my career


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