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interview Sundeep Kishan enjoys his role of a rustic villager in ‘Gundello Godaaari’

Sundeep Kishan is excited about his role in the forthcoming film Gundello Godaari where he plays a young villager who indulges in cock fights and reels off choicest epithets. This he had to do in both the languages as the movie will have a simultaneous release in Telugu and Tamil. For someone who has lived in cities like Chennai and Hyderabad, the village shoot turned out to be a ‘fun experience’. “It was the rustic and raw Telugu on one hand and Kanchipuram Tamil on the other. Every actor would like to show off their language and the ease and comfort with which they speak, I guess this is my moment of reckoning. This shoot was followed by the schedule for D For Dhopidi and the hangover of my East Godavari dialect that I used for Gundello Godaari was felt there.

Isn’t it a good feeling to be associated with cinema that takes one back to the roots? Sundeep thinks it is a welcome change but adds that it is not entirely a de-glamorised story, it is a commercially packaged interesting film with him and Aadi Pinisetty sharing equal number of fights and dances. The actor recollects, “Every evening I would return to the room after the shoot with dust from a rusted bi-cycle, mud and dust from the location as the character’s goal is to own a thousand-rupee note. Palakollu is a small village and I was sure people wouldn’t recognise me and Lakshmi but hundreds of people flocked to see us and the children would scream dialogues from Prasthanam . It was a stunning and a wonderful experience. The people would send us food, fish, prawns etc, it was a warm feeling and there was so much love.”

The movie has music by Ilayaraja and meanwhile Sundeep’s A Routine Love Story is also gearing up for release and there is D For Dhopidi and two films in Tamil.

Finally ask Sundeep if it is a coincidence working for the second time with Raj and DK in D For Dhopidi , who made Shor In The City with him, he replies , “It is their first Telugu film and it is like my home production for me. I feel more responsible for the film. We share a comfort level and it’s nice to have someone who believes in you so much.”

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