Return of the super cop

TAKE TWO Saikumar makes a comeback with `Police Story 2'

TAKE TWO Saikumar makes a comeback with `Police Story 2'  

Saikumar is back with a sequel to his `Police Story'

Numerous films have been made in India with the super cop theme, but very few made an impact. One such film was Police Story (1996). The Kannada film, directed by ace stunt composer `Thriller' Manju, starring `dubbing king' Saikumar was a big hit when dubbed into Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. The police officer Agni from the film made a great impact on the common man. Now the team is back to strike again, with a sequel titled Police Story 2.Interestingly, the film retained most of its actors and technicians from the original version. How do the protagonist feel re enacting Agni, we ask Saikumar. "The film and the role Agni is my passport to the tinsel town and into the hearts of general public. The then Mumbai police chief, J.F. Rebiero after watching the Hindi version said the emotions I showcased are a common occurrence among police personnel and praised my performance. ` Ardha Satya' is for class audiences and Police Story is for masses,' he said. A post-graduate, Saikumar had enrolled for M. Phil when filmdom claimed him and made him the highest paid dubbing artiste in South. "I was studying as well as lending my voice to actors. When the demand increased and also when Rajasekhar and Suman for whom I was lending voice became busy, I had to put a stop to my research work and take dubbing as a full-time job," says Saikumar whose delivery of dialogue for Rajaskehar in Ankusam won him a gold disc. Sai's tryst with dubbing came much earlier, while he was still in school. He dubbed with none other than the legendary N.T. Rama Rao. "It was in 1976, director T. Prakash Rao asked me to dub for a child actor in Samsaram. N.T. Rama Rao, the hero of the film encouraged me a lot during the dubbing session and I cherish every word of praise I received from him," he recalls. Sai made his debut as a child actor in T. Ramarao's Devudu Chesina Pelli but created an impact with Bapu-Ramana's Sneham, the remake of Dosti. Kalikalam, Anthapuram and the recent Samanyudu where he played a negative role were some of his best works in Telugu. A busy actor in Kannada, Sai also made his foray into Tamil cinema with Thayyal Karan, Kathal Geetham and recently in Aadhi remake of Athanokkade. The multi lingual actor returns to his pet topic. Police Story 2. "When we decided to make a sequel, we wondered from where to begin. So we decided to extend the story to Rayalaseema . Since there is no heroine, there are no songs (R.P. Patnaik composed the background score) and I am saved of dancing in the rain," he guffaws.The surprise choice is Sana, who otherwise plays docile roles, as a female don. "Ultimately the film gives a taste of the power of police," smiles the actor. He's excited about getting varied roles. "It is to my fortune, I was chosen to play the bangle seller-turned-Saint Kaivarada Thathayya (Kannada), a role that Dr. Rajkumar played in the Sixties. The character is akin to our Pothuluri Veera Brahmendraswamy. The film is now complete. Again, I am fortunate to don the role of Shirdi Sai Baba in Sri Sai Darshanam. Such roles pose a challenge to any actor." From Samanyudu to Sai Darshanam the actor seem to be going places.M.L. NARASIMHAM

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