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neeraja murthy
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chat Subhalekha Sudhakar loves playing different roles on television

playing different rolesSubhalekha SudhakarPHOTO: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar
playing different rolesSubhalekha SudhakarPHOTO: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Subhalekha Sudhakar loves television. “This is the only profession which helps me be a different person everyday. I can play a rich industrialist, drunkard, sadistic husband or concerned father and a cheat. This is the beauty of television — one gets to play different shades,” his voice booms as he talks about his television journey. If on the big screen he played the hero’s trusted friend with aplomb, on television he made a mark with his varied roles. “Television is a God-given gift,” points out Sudhakar. “Actresses have made a big career on television, the small screen is a bonus,” he says. Ask him about his Nandi award for his performance in the serial Mamatala Kovela and Sudhakar laughs. “If you get an award at a young age, you get a kick out of it; Not at the fag end of your career. However, it feels good that your work has been recognised by the jury.”

Versatility is his middle name as he has done different kinds of roles. Besides Telugu serials, Sudhakar also acts in Tamil serials. He is now seen in Thendral on Sun TV and Mamiyar Thevai on Zee Tamil. His roles in Tamil serials Chitti and Kolangal (dubbed as Pinni and Mutyala Muggu in Telugu) Anubandhalu (Gemini) and Kotha Bangaram were appreciated.

Sudhakar decries the loss of quality on television. “Earlier we would take two days to finish an episode and it gave us time for improvisation. Now, we do two episodes a day. Serial makers do not give any importance to the language. With prompting, some actors do not focus on their pronunciation. Bhasha nu narikestunnaru,” he says and adds, “A prompter throws a sentence at the actor and the actor says it lazily without knowing where to stress the syllable. Some people, ‘who are settled in life’ enter the television industry just for time pass. This kind of careless attitude angers me a lot.”

Sudhakar says an actor’s life on the small screen is marked with uncertainty. “Sometimes an actor’s role in a serial gets terminated suddenly. There is no guarantee that an actor will work till the serial runs,” he says.

An avid cricket fan (“I wanted to be a cricketer”), Sudhakar loves watching cricket and sleeping. His son Srikar has finished his B.Com and is preparing for higher studies. Will he enter movies? “No, he is an ardent follower of cinema and has an ear for music,” he says.

Finally, any favourite roles?

“If you think you have done your best, you have put an obstacle in front of you. That attitude will not let you grow. I enjoy all my roles and I am hungry for more.”

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