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Comedian Satya has no qualms about his modest screen time in Telugu cinema

The trend of having a bunch of comedians perform in a movie is catching up, especially after television shows like Jabardasth became a hit. Sreenu Vaitla’s latest release Amar Akbar Anthony has Satya playing one among a group of comedians who establish a Telugu Association in America. Ever since the first screening, the comedian has been getting congratulatory calls for his evangelist act.

He takes the compliments with humility. He says, “I guess it is all luck, Sreenu Vaitla is very good at extracting performances, I played a disciple of K A Paul, the evangelist. I also had to be someone who does black magic. A lot of people have been calling me, ever since the film released, to say they liked my performance.”

This year Satya’s success run began with Chalo and Rangasthalam, two big hits. He was talked about in Devadas as well. Right now he has Nikhil-starrer Mudra and a Vi Anand film with Ravi Teja.

Satya, along with his fellow comedians Srinivas Reddy and Shakalaka Shankar, formed a banner called Flying Colours.

Their debut film will go to the sets shortly. “Srinivas Reddy is directing it and he has written the story as well. I still have the interest to direct a film but I can’t give up acting. I should be doing something to stay afloat in the industry right?” he reasons.

Dreaming big

Speaking about his talent for comedy, Satya says, “I always had the funny bone in me, people would always laugh at what I said, even if it was something normal and ordinary. I grew up in a small village away from Amalapuram, which had no electricity. Even at that time, in a remote place like that, I nurtured dreams of being something, I would imagine myself flying on the plane. I was ambitious.”

It was after he watched Shankar’s films and idolised Rajinikanth, that Satya resolved to join films. I discontinued B.Tech in Hyderabad and through contacts found a job as an assistant director. I would be a live wire on the sets, and people observed me and offered me roles. That’s how Swami Ra Ra happened and it was a turning point in my career. I owe everything to my role in that film.”

Satya says he never consciously worked at being different from other comic portrayals. There is a phase in the industry when each actor shines for a particular period. Ever the realist, he knows this phase is temporary. He adds, “Even when people call and shower praise for my work in a certain film, I take it with a pinch of salt.I firmly believe everyone has a place in the industry.”

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