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Cinema Dileep will soon be seen as Satya Sai Baba. The actor talks about his preparations for this role

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Talking to Dileep is exactly like watching him in his films. His wacky humour is intact and he speaks with refreshing originality. It is evident that he loves talking, taking time to answer every question in detail. And while he does so, a good many laughs are guaranteed.

The box office has received his My Boss well and he is still basking in the glory of his mega success Mayamohini, but the real game changer is yet to come, he feels. Dileep will be playing Satya Sai Baba in a multilingual project by Kodi Ramakrishna from Andhra Pradesh.

The actor, who has experimented with his on-screen persona, feels he is still coming to terms with the magnitude of the role he has taken on.

“The project is huge. For the first time, I am doing something this big that is not a comedy. And I am a bit tense. The Baba is an international figure. He has millions of devotees all over the world. When I play someone like him, there is so much that I need to do… so much that I need to understand about the person,” he says.

Homework for the role is elaborate, Dileep explains. It entails watching countless videos of Satya Sai Baba. “Getting his mannerisms right is a challenge. There is a peculiar way in which he walks.”

He describes how he was overwhelmed by the Baba’s humanitarian activities. “Take, for instance, his hospital in Puttaparthi. Free medical service to so many people is not something an ordinary human being can do,” he says.

Visits to the Puttaparthi ashram and the Satya Sai Trust Hospital reaffirmed his respect for Baba’s personality. The mega-budget film will be simultaneously released in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. Hindi, English and Malayalam versions, too, are on the cards.

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