‘Many advantages in doing a villain role’

Updated - October 22, 2016 12:57 pm IST

Published - September 26, 2014 01:30 am IST - HYDERABAD:

Still of actor Aadarsh Balakrishna from the movie Govindudu Andari Vade.

Still of actor Aadarsh Balakrishna from the movie Govindudu Andari Vade.

It is almost a rare occurrence to see an actor’s movies, one as a protagonist and the other in an antagonist role, clash with each other around the same time.

Call it an actor’s nightmare or a dream but actor Aadarsh Balakrishna presently is in this peculiar phase. While he is awaiting the outcome of “Superstar Kidnap” which is gearing up for release in October second week, he is equally nervous about his role as the main villain in the big ticket movie ‘Govindudu Andarivadele’, starring Ram Charan Tej and Kajal Aggarwal and releasing next week.

This cricketer-turned-actor promises to enliven the screen with his rich spoilt brat character from an absolutely rural background. “I play the son of a M.P. who lives in a village,” says Aadarsh, “I sport a very different look in the movie. My character believes in showing off so I wear jewellery with Indian attire complete with long hair. I have quite a few action sequences in the movie too. This might be a negative role with the same emotion but the way director Krishna Vamshi moulded the character is very different.”

So how does he feel about two of his movies with diametrically opposite roles releasing soon. “I can have the best of both the worlds,” he says “There are many advantages playing a villain. You get to play a lot more roles than a lead hero does in a year. There is so much to learn as well,”

It would have been challenging for the actor to play the baddie while sharing screen space with two other actors, Prakash Raj and Srikanth, who proved their mettle in villainous roles very early in their career. “I got to learn a lot from Prakash Raj sir and Srikanth is like my brother as we bond a lot over cricket.”

What went wrong?

In Tollywood, a good movie might be praised to the skies but a bad one often has to bear the brunt of the audience, especially the disappointed fans. The latest Mahesh Babu starrer “Aagadu” could not live up to the expectations of the movie-goers which set off a post-mortem analysis of the failure.

While some say what tanked the movie was its glaring similarity to Mahesh and director Srinu Vaitla’s earlier movie “Dhookudu”, then a few others cribbed that a half of the movie was a carbon copy of Pawan Kalyan’s hit movie, “Gabbar Singh”. What might be disheartening to the cast and crew of “Aagadu” apart from the movie collections would be branding their project as an “unoriginal flick”.

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