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Sarath Babu. - Photo: R. Shivaji Rao
Sarath Babu. - Photo: R. Shivaji Rao

S.R. Ashok Kumar

Actor Sarath Babu has played a variety of roles in the past 28 years.

Many of these got him awards and rewards and the actor is still going strong. Sarath Babu talks about his experience in the industry and intentions for the future.

While at college, I wanted to be a police officer. When I was doing my final year I had to wear glasses and the dream was shattered.

My friends goaded me try my hand in films.

May be that was what the Almighty had decided for me.

After finishing college, I went to a function where I saw the giants of the silver screen K. Balachander and Singeetham Srinivasa Rao. There I think K.B. saw me. Mr. Rao called me and introduced me to K.B. sir.

He asked me whether I was interested in acting. I said yes. He asked me to come to his office the very next day. I was given a role in the film `Nizhal Nijamagirathu.'

I have done nearly 200 films in all the South Indian languages and a couple of films in Hindi and one in English.

I just finished an English film `Waking Dreams' and it is to be released in November at the New York International Film Festival and then later in India.

When the film `Nenjathai Killathe' went for the National awards, Hrishikesh Mukerjee was the chairman of the committee. I got a letter from him saying that I missed the supporting actor award by a whisker. For me, that was the biggest award.

I have also received eight `Nandi' awards from the Andhra Pradesh Government for best actor and supporting actor.

Apart from acting, I would like to do some other work in filmmaking. But that too only after five years. Till then I am only a director's actor.

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