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Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
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In focus Actor Nani is more than happy with the success of ‘ Bheemli…kabaddi jattu'. He tells, Y. Sunitha Chowdhary why this is his favourite role among all the movies he has done so far

Playing roles with ease It's a quick success for hardworking Nani
Playing roles with ease It's a quick success for hardworking Nani

N ani can't stop smiling. The box office collections of his latest film Bheemli…kabaddi jattu is rising and is doing exceptionally well in rural areas. It's a quick success for the clap boy-turned-actor who's earned the reputation of being a , simple young man who can slip into any role with ease. He plays a deglamourised role of a poor lad who is passionate about kabaddi, leads a hand to mouth existence, plays for his village and wins the elusive cup for them but not before losing his life. “A lot of people are calling and telling me that the climax shouldn't have been sad, but I guess what makes the film click is the realistic ending. Suri's character all through the film has been portrayed well. . This is my favourite role amongst all the movies I have done.”

The actor recollects playing kabaddi when he was young but says that he doesn't know the rules of the game. All they would do was draw a line, go in while threatening the opposite team and come out before he would get breathless saying kabaddi kabaddi! The director of the film would take them to the kabaddi playground in Kachiguda opposite the railway station and they would get familiar with the game with the State level players chipping in their bit. The State players too acted in the movie as the opposition team. Most of the shooting took place during the nights and the actor would doze off in the morning, this continued even after the shooting ended he adds.

Though Bheemli..is the name of the movie, only one song had been shot there. Rest of the film was picturised at Rajahmundry, Palakollu, Antharvedi, Narsapuram and Pochampally. Nani gives all the credit to Tatineni Satya, the director who's the grandson of the famous director Tatineni Prakash Rao for bringing out an authentic feel and retaining the magic despite the story being a remake of a Tamil film. He showers praise on his co-star Saranya Mohan for giving out wonderful expressions. He says, “She being a classical dancer helped and I think she was tailor made for the role.”

Nani's next projects are Alaa Modhalaindhi and Veppam (Tamil) both directed by women. While Alaa Modhalaindhi is a fun movie, Veppam revolves around a brother, his sibling and the sibling's friend. The actor has something interesting to narrate on both these directors. He says, “Nandini Reddy, Anjana and me are very good friends. We had been to the Goa film festival last time and saw four films every day together. After seeing the movies, we were so charged up that we resolved that we wouldn't come to the film festival again without at least one of us turning director.” Nani is more than happy now, both Nandini and Anjana have become directors and he's playing the hero in their films which are set to release this year. Now the trio are planning their next visit to Goa.

How is it working with women at the helm? Nani replies, “Except for the fact that they are women there's nothing different about them.” The actor has no dreams, he is just thankful to God for making him an actor!

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