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Akhanda Movie Review : Mass Masala Flick

Akhanda review

Akhanda review

Telugu360 Rating 3/5

Story:
Murali Krishna (Balakrishna) is a rich person with good reputation in Anantapur district. Varada Rajulu (Srikanth) and his Godfather Swamiji run illegal mining business in the area. Balayya takes on the mafia because of his area people and kids get sick with the uranium mining effect. The powerful Swamiji use his clout to get Murali arrested, then enters the AKHANDA the savior. Rest of the film is about Akhanda ideology and his war on the evil

Analysis:

As with any Boyapati Balayya films, Hero character is designed as a people leader. Set in Ananthapuram , Murali Krishna ( Balakrishna) provides service to poor people by establishing hospitals. Saranya ( Pragya Jaiswal) who is district collector impressed by Murali’s works marries him. The introduction fight was good, Jai Jai Balayya song was impressive. After few routine scenes, Akhanda entry at interval is high voltage action episode. Overall, first half has some good mass elements. Post interval scene in police station followed by back-to-back high voltage action scenes fill the second half. Thaman’s background score is impressive it backs Balakrishna’s larger than life characterization.
The hero director duo who proved their strength in earlier films Simha, Legend this time a bit diluted in terms of emotions in the story. The mass appealing fights in second half are not coupled with strong story base.

The ‘Jai Balayya ‘ song , Interval blocks stand out in positive aspects. In second half, the scene in which Balakrishna explains the true meaning of ‘Ahimsa paramO dharmaha’ Hindu principles is highly impressive.

Production by Dwaraka Creations is adequate. Graphics could have been better done. Director Boyapati succeeded in what he is good at.

Performances:
Nandamuri Balakrishna carries the movie on his shoulders end to end. His towering presence as Murali, his transformation into Akhanda role make him very special. His diction is impeccable while rendering sansrikt slokas as Akhanda and also while villain bashings as Murali. Pragya Jaiswal role is limited, she is impressive looks wise and performance as well. Hero Srikanth debuts as villain in this film, and he did quite well.

Positives:
-Balakrishna’s performance
-Thaman’s background score
-Boyapati’s large scale fight sequence setup
-Heroism elevation scenes, Akhanda Theme

Negatives:
-Length of fights, too many of them
-Lack of strong emotions

Verdict:
‘Akhanda’ caters to the targeted segment of Fans and Masses. First half has some good mass elements, and second half is full of action sequences without much story. Balayya’s Akhanda character’s ferocious performance, Thaman’s outstanding background score, Jai Balayya Songs are the plus.

Telugu360 Rating 3/5

 

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Pragya Jaiswal Interview

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Pragya Jaiswal plays IAS officer in Balakrishna-starrer ‘Akhanda’

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Pragya Jaiswal, who made her mark with Krish’s directorial ‘Kanche’ in Telugu, is now all set for ‘Akhanda’. Touted as a commercial action thriller, ‘Akhanda’ stars Nandamuri Balakrishna in the lead role.

Pragya, who will be seen as an IAS officer in ‘Akhanda’, explains that the role she asserts is a strong one, which is potentially one of the most memorable characters in her acting career. In conversation with IANS, the actress shares her experience working with actor Balakrishna, director Boyapati Srinu, and the team.

“The role I have played in ‘Akhanda’ is something that I’ve never done before. I appear in the role of a bureaucrat, which appeals to the audience with a stronger conviction,” Pragya shares.

The excited actress expressed, “I am sure, the combination of Boyapati Srinu and Balakrishna has turned out a great action thriller. I can’t wait to show the audience how well the movie has turned out”.

However, the actress had to face anxiety, regarding the shootings during the pandemic. But, she explains that her team made her quite comfortable by taking all the necessary precautions on the sets of ‘Akhanda’.

Pragya explains that she had very little time to prepare for the role. “I had to join the film sets as soon as I was roped in, so my prep time was very little. It took me a while to transform myself into the character, and that happened on the sets of ‘Akhanda’. I had taken a few references from the real-life lady cops and noted every detail related to their dressing, mannerisms, and small-big details. That helped me a lot to get a grip over the role, the ‘Kanche’ actress said.

“I want to credit Boyapati Srinu sir for all the efforts he had put in, to make my role appealing to the audience. He made sure the Pragya he wanted to show in ‘Akhanda’ doesn’t match any of the roles I have played in my previous movies”, Pragya explains.

The actress mentions that it makes her happy to see things getting back to normal after the pandemic, and explains that the real entertainment is to watch a good movie at the theaters. “No matter what, to watch a nice movie at the theatres is just blissful. I am thankful that the movies are back at the theatres.”

‘Akhanda’ releases on December 2 and has Balakrishna and Pragya Jaiswal in the lead roles. While actors Srikanth, Jagapathi Babu, and others appear in important roles, S.S. Thaman has scored the music for the commercial entertainer.

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Pragya Jaiswal opens up on her new look in Telugu film ‘Akhanda’

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Actress Pragya Jaiswal dons a look that audiences haven’t seen before in her upcoming Telugu film ‘Akhanda’, where superstar Nandamuri Balakrishna is in the lead role. She says director Boyapati Srinu meticulously designed her character and look.

“My look in the film is very different. The director, Boyapati sir, went through my look from every single previous film of mine and he made sure that I do something different and unique in this film, yet sticking to the character that I am playing. So that was a huge challenge for him but he wanted to give complete changeover and freshness to my character,” Pragya tells IANS.

The actress adds: “He has worked very hard and gone into every single detail to design this look for me and I am really looking forward to the film’s release. I can’t wait for the audience to see our labour of love. It’s Boyapati sir’s film, so you know it’s going to be a theatre movie and there is going to be a lot of action, drama and fun. It’s a super exciting story.”

The track ‘Adiga adiga’ from the film released recently and Pragya is completely in love with her look and the song.

“I am really excited that first song from my film has finally released. ‘Adiga adiga’ is my favourite song, which I think is a very beautiful song. The voices of singers SP Charan and Shruti are the sweetest and do complete justice. The song has been shot beautifully and I think I am looking my most beautiful in this. I am really excited that everyone got a glimpse of the song in lyrical video,” she says.

While the release date of ‘Akhanda’ has not been announced, it is inclined to be a theatrical one.

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Pragya Jaiswal happy to be back in ‘second home’ Hyderabad

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Actress Pragya Jaiswal is back on sets to shoot for her Telugu film “Akhanda” here. The actress is thrilled to be back in the city she calls her second home.

“It feels amazing to be back in Hyderabad because it is definitely one of the cities that are close to my heart. It’s almost like a second home to me and I was really missing the city over the last two months. The weather right now in Hyderabad is pleasant, so it’s amazing to shoot,” Pragya tells IANS.

“Last time I was here, it was in April and it was super hot. I was craving Biryani two days ago, so I am really happy that it is finally happening. The most important thing for me, which is associated with Hyderabad is the warmth of the people. Whenever I am here, I feel I am showered with affection and I was really missing all of that. So, I am really happy to be back to my team and crew,” she adds.

The actress is happy to work again and meet her team. “Akhanda” stars Balakrishna in the lead role and is directed by Boyapati Srinu.

“It feels absolutely amazing to be back on the set post lockdown. The second wave was way more intense and at that point it seemed way too important to take care of ourselves and stay at home. But after a point it was really caging but now I am finally surrounded by so many people who are positive, inspiring with what they do and especially this crew has almost become like a family now. I was really missing the shoot and I am very happy,” she says.

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Balakrishna’s passion for cinema unmatchable: Pragya Jaiswal

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Actress Pragya Jaiswal is currently busy shooting for her upcoming film alongside Telugu star Nandamuri Balakrishna. The film is tentatively titled “#BB3” and is directed by Boyapati Srinu. Pragya says Balakrishna’s passion for cinema is unmatchable.

“Working with Balakrishna sir is fantastic because he is a powerhouse of energy and brings so much positivity and energy on the sets. His passion for cinema is unmatchable,” Pragya tells IANS.

Srinu has directed Pragya in “Jaya Janaki Nayak” (2017) and Balakrishna in “Simha” (2010) and “Legend” (2014). Talking about being directed by the filmmaker, she says: “I have worked with Boyapati sir before, so that made it a bit easy to work on BB3. His vision, conviction and clarity is inspiring. He is the driving force of the entire unit and makes us all do our best each day and keep pushing our limits.”

The actress calls shooting for “#BB3” a special experience.

“The film is even more special because it is the first film I started shooting post the pandemic, so it seems like it is a fresh start,” says Pragya.

The actress, who is currently shooting in Hyderabad, adds: “I’m happy to be back to work after months of lockdown. I was so looking forward to resuming work in 2020 and now I am on the set of two films. (I am) Just happy to be living my dream.”

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Pic Talk: Pragya Jaiswal wows in a Bikini

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Kanche fame Pragya Jaiswal hasn’t been seen in Telugu films in the recent times. But she is offering a treat with her bikini clicks. The actress who loves to tour across the globe is a fitness freak. After she has a perfect bikini shaped body, Pragya Jaiswal sizzles in the outfits and posts them in her social media handle. Pragya Jaiswal wowed in a pink bikini and carried a beautiful smile in the recent click. On the occasion of World Oceans Day, the actress posted a click from the past which was taken across the beachside. Pragya Jaiswal is expected to play one of the female leads in Pawan Kalyan’s upcoming movie that will be directed by Krish.

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Pic Talk: Smoking hot Pragya Jaiswal

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Kanche fame Pragya Jaiswal received a decent response on her debut but the actress failed to make it big in South. The actress took a glamorous path but she fell short of offers. Pragya Jaiswal is keeping herself busy after posting a bunch of her sultry poses on her Instagram page. One of her clicks from an indoor shot is recently posted. Pragya Jaiswal looks smoking hot in the click. There are speculations that Pragya Jaiswal will romance Pawan Kalyan in Krish’s film that will roll soon. Pragya Jaiswal enjoys a huge fan base across social media and the actress keeps them active and lively with her regular posts.

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Pic Talk: Pragya Jaiswal’s sizzling show

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Pragya Jaiswal created a splash with her debut film Kanche but the actress could not make it big in Indian cinema. She has been struggling for offers. Pragya Jaiswal enjoys huge fanbase across social media circles because of the glamorous photoshoots and the clicks. Her recent sizzling hot click is now viral. Pragya Jaiswal looked super hot in the click and she is spotted in a relaxing mood across the poolside. Her skin tone and her gorgeous looks are a treat to watch. There are speculations that Pragya Jaiswal is one of the female leads in Pawan Kalyan’s next that is directed by Krish. An official announcement on this is awaited.

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Pic Talk: Pragya Jaiswal nails in Style

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Kanche fame Pragya Jaiswal started off her career with traditional roles but she later shifted her focus towards glamorous outings. She even sizzled in special songs in various films. Pragya Jaiswal keeps in touch with her fans through social media and is quite frequent in posting her pictures on her Instagram page. Pragya Jaiswal looked dashing, simple and stunning in the recent picture. She sizzled in a simple orange sleeveless frock and her hot looks have been making many sleepless. Pragya Jaiswal is playing a pivotal role in Megastar Chiranjeevi’s next film Syeraa which will release next year.

Pragya Jaiswal nails in Style
Pragya Jaiswal nails in Style

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Pragya Jaiswal Latest Stills

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Pragya Jaiswal Latest Stills

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Did Nakshatram Trailer Scare Distributors?

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Teasers and Trailers are expected to create hype on films and attract buyers to invest. For ex. after the release of teaser of Pawan Kalyan’s “Katamarayudu”, a film with zero buzz until then, buyers stood in queue to acquire the rights. Such is the potential of a 1-2 minute promo material. In contrast, sometimes the trailers do so much damage that audience as well as buyers lose interest in films. Veteran director Krishna Vamsi’s upcoming film ‘Nakshatram’ unfortunately falls in the second category.

Despite Vamsi’s dubious track record in the recent past, people had decent expectations from ‘Nakshatram’. He pulled a sort of casting coup by roping in the likes of Sai Dharam Tej, Sundeep Kishan, Regina, Pragya Jaiswal, Shriya, Prakash Raj etc. and managed to evoke curiosity on the project. Fans of Vamsi even assumed that he was making another ‘Khadgam’. Some buyers were interested to grab the film’s rights by shelling out decent prices. Well, this is the story before the release of the film’s trailer.

Once the ‘Loud & Low-quality’ trailer was of Nakshatram had been released, the scene reversed completely. Vamsi’s mark was seen only in the ‘erotically’ filmed songs. After witnessing the response of movie lovers to this shabby trailer, the once-interested buyers have now allegedly backed off. Makers have yet to announce the film’s release date as the theatrical rights are yet to be sold.

Unless Krishna Vamsi cuts a second trailer and hopefully doesn’t scare buyers and film buffs with it, Nakshatram may lie in cans for indefinite time. Own release is another option, but the producer needs immense guts for that.

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Sai Dharam Tej worked in ‘Nakshatram’ for free

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Actor Sai Dharam Tej, who will be seen in a cameo in filmmaker Krishna Vamsi’s upcoming Telugu action-thriller “Nakshatram”, play his part for free out of his love and respect for the director.

“Since it was a cameo and was something that got Sai really excited, he did not charge any fee for it. Krishna Vamsi went out of his way and thanked him for the gesture,” a source from the film’s unit told IANS.

In the film, Tej will be seen in a 20-minute cameo. He plays a police officer called Alexander.

On working with Krishna Vamsi, Tej said in a statement: “I really enjoyed working with him; he taught me a lot. It is one experience that I would cherish throughout my career. I want to thank him for giving me this opportunity.”

The film, slated for release in August, also stars Sundeep Kishan, Regina Cassandra and Pragya Jaiswal.

Tej is currently busy dubbing for his upcoming Telugu actioner “Jawaan”.

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Shriya Saran signs an Item Number

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Timeless beauty Shriya Saran made her comeback to Tollywood with Gopala Gopala after which she grabbed an opportunity in Balakrishna’s Gautamiputra Satakarni. Impressed with her work, she has been retained for NBK’s next film which is being directed by Puri Jagannadh. The actress has been approached for a special peppy item number in Krishna Vamsi’s next titled Nakshatram and the actress gave the team a nod for the song. The special song will be shot during the mid of this month informed the makers with which the entire shoot will be wrapped up.

Krishna Vamsi has been in hunt for a lead actress for the item song and he locked Shriya Saran finally. Nakshatram is said to be a mass action entertainer and Sundeep Kishan, Regina Cassandra, Sai Dharamtej, Pragya Jaiswal are the lead actors. Nakshatram is busy with the post-production work and with many releases in May, the makers are in plans to release the movie during June this year. Krishna Vamsi pinned many hopes on the film.

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Krishna Vamsi’s Nakshatram Updates

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Creative director Krishna Vamsi has not tasted success in the past few years. He pinned lot of hopes on his next movie titled Nakshatram. Sundeep Kishan and Regina Cassandra are the lead actors and Sai Dharamtej, Pragya Jaiswal will be seen in other prominent roles. The movie has been under shoot from the past one year and with no recent updates, rumours started flooding that the film has been shelved. A leading web portal came out with the news that the movie has been shelved due to over budget.

Trashing all the rumours the makers revealed that the entire shoot of Nakshatram has been wrapped up except a song which will be shot soon. The movie is currently busy with the post-production work and Nakshatram will hit the screens during May this year. The song will be a special number and will be shot on a lead actress. Sri Chakra Media, Butta Bomma Creations and Win Win Win Creations are producing Nakshatram.

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Om Namo Venkatesaya Review : A Nice Devotional Movie !

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Om Namo Venkatesaya movie review, Nagarjuna ONV movie rating

ONV review, Om Namo Venkatesa

TELUGU360 RATING  3.5/5

Star hero Akkineni Nagarjuna and legendary filmmaker K.Raghavendra Rao are known for delivering devotional hits like Annamayya, Sri Ramdasu and Shirdi Sai. The hit combination is set to weave magic again with yet another devotional outing Om Namo Venkatesaya. After a huge round of promotions, Om Namo Venkateshaya is all set to hit the screens today. Let’s us see if the hit combination of Nag – KRR repeats the magic or not.

Story:

Set in 16th century, Om Namo Venkatesaya , is about Raama – an ardent devotee of Lord Sri Venkateswara. Being so fascinated by the appearance of the Lord, Rama ( Nagarajuna) visits Tirumala temple often and spends time looking at the lord continuously. Finding it suspicious, temple authoritarian Govindarajulu (Rao Ramesh) , orders his men to push Raama out of the temple premises. Dejected Raama, begins constructing an ashram on Tirumala. At the same time he leads other devotees in their revolt against Govindarajulu who doesn’t follow Aagama Shastram.
Impressed by his dedication, Lord first appears in his dream and later in real, plays dice with his devotee. One day Lord loses all his Gold ornaments to Raama in dice. Around the same time, some miscreants steal the gold ornaments belonging to Tirumala temple. Temple authorities and the emperor suspects Raama might have done the theft and raids his aashram. Knowing about the presence of ornaments at Raama’s aashram, emperor orders to take him to custody.

Rest of the story is how and why Raama becomes Hathiram Bavaji ! At the end, Raama requests Lord to take his life away by performing Sajeeva Samadhi near his aashram .

Performances:

Casting is the main strength of “Om NamO Venkatesaya “. While writing about performances, reviewers have a tendency of using “one of the career best performances” so casually, so often. But, in this film, Nagarjuna’s performance is truly lives up to such statements. In Annamaya, Ramadasu movies he performed well but in those films his character was elevated because of the depth & finesse of real characteristics of Annamayya & Ramadasu apart from his performance. Playing the role of Hathiram Bavaji is relatively more challenging as people knew little about Hathiram. Only with performance one has to elevate the character in such circumstances, a good actor always performs with panache. Nagarjuna is one such, hats off for his confident portrayal of a devotee.

Sourabh Raaj Jain as Lord Balaji is a superb choice. His divine looks were already popular in mythological roles such as Srikrishna in TV Mahabharata, and now as Sri Venkateshwara Swami he is top class. He looked little bit young though.Anushka as Krishnamma got good role. Her costumes, pleasant face appeals to the audience. Pragya Jaiswal as Raam’s sister-in-law got a smaller role. In one song , K.Raghavendra rao mark artistic and glamourous portrayal of Pragya Jaiswal appeals to youth.Sampath Raj as emperor, Rao Ramesh as Govindarajulu are just OK. Brahmanandam played an insignificant role.Jagapathibabu’s special appearance is a surprise, has one song with Anushka. However, his role is insignificant.

Analysis:

In Om Namo Venkatesaya , director K.Raghavendra Rao sticks to the core devotional point. Devotee Hathiram’s story doesn’t have Sri Ramadasu like arresting conflict point, nor Annamayya’s like emotional outbursts … yet in this film, the director manages to get our attention.He smartly fills the scenes explaining the concepts like Significance of Swamivari Sesha Vasthram, Agni Teerdham, Venkatagiri and details about rituals like Nitya Kalyanam. This movie is a divine travelogue about Venkateshwara swami / Tirumala at times.First half of the movie is backed by 4 superb songs, while second half is better with core story and the climax is emotional.

Negatives:

  • Two songs are unnecessary drag especially at the times when movie is a bit slow while pathos
  • Lack of  as much as emotional depth of previous installments in these bhakti series
  • Lord and Devotee playing dice scenes are redundant

Behind the screen:

When K. Raghavendra Rao and M.M Keeravani join hands, a musical is assured and Om Namo Venkatesaya is no exception. Background score by Keeravani is fine as well. Producer A. Mahesh Reddy has spent adequate money on this film to look grand. Dialogues by J.K. Bharavi are just average, should have been better. As the film is set in 16th century, he has taken almost current day’s slang at times. Cinematography by S.Gopal Reddy captures K.Raghavendra Rao’s presentation well. The lighting schema for songs, 16th century Tirumala sets are good.

Songs that stand out:

  • “Entho Anandam..” shot on Nagarjuna , pragya jaiswal
  • “Veyi Namala vaada venkatesudaa..” shot on Anushka
  • Song that comes as background while Swami Nija roopa darshanam – Sung by Keeravani – “Brahmanda Bhandamula pal sobagula..”
  • “Akhilanda koti brahmanda nayaka ..”- is the highlight in the movie
  • Shankar Mahadevan’s “Pareeksha” song
  • Some other songs are Govinda Chantings and few are pretty average and couple of them could have been edited

Verdict:

Om Namo Venkatesaya is an effectively made film about Lord venkateswara’s one of the greatest devotees Hathiram Bavaji. Devotional Songs and Nag’s finest performance, Sourabh Raj Jain as Lord are the movie strengths. K. Raghavendra rao deserves an applause for sticking to the core story. Emotionally this film is not on par with Annamayya, but a MUST watch for devotees and a decent watch for all.
TELUGU360 RATING  3.5/5

 

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Hardwork behind Pragya Jaiswal’s dream debut

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Pragya Jaiswal is another addition to the long list of models who have turned actors. She promises of having her own identity and seemingly has only one distant relative who’s into films, barring a strictly academic family. However, she earned permission to explore this side of the world too, ultimately landing up at the audition of Gabbar is Back, where she was rejected. However, the good news was in wraps for a while. Krish had her in mind for another film, which happened to be Kanche and she was quite surprised to receive a call from the producer. She auditioned yet again but there was no looking back since then. In a conversation with Telugu360.com, she calls her role in the film, Sita Devi, a dream and feels, its her hardwork with the team support which made all of this possible.

The hardwork behind her appearance:

I would like to believe that I am tailor made for this but to be honest I have put in a lot of hard work. The entire team has worked hard to make me look the royal and regal girl from 1930s, a Sita Devi look believable and convincing. Obviously this is how I look, but the role really suited me. Initially, I too had my doubts but later I was very happy. I am excited that I am looking like the part that was expected.

Her background and entry into films:

I was born in Madhya Pradesh and we moved to Pune later. My schooling, college and modelling started there. I did not take it seriously and also my family is remotely connected with cinema but for some distant relative. Acting and modelling were never career options. It has been a natural progression. I had it in me but I didn’t know I could do it. At last, with my family’s permission, I could actually take a step towards it. I was always a dancer and would perform plays in school and college. Since I was into modelling, many doors opened and that’s how the journey began .

In films, you never know what works out, when and how. For me, it all just happened, there was never so much planning and strategising. I had actually auditioned for Gabbar Is Back and it never happened. One day, I got a call from the producer Rajeev Reddy. Maybe, Krish sir had me in the back of his mind as he liked my audition. I was very excited and I have seen quite a few friends in South films doing very well. For me, language is not a big deal as long as you are doing good work. I had to audition again for the Telugu film though the first audition helped. I did a small film in Hindi and Telugu and that time I did not know I wanted to really act. That little experience helped me understand the technicalities of film shoot.

On the sets of Kanche:

Here, everything is so unpredictable and you never know what can happen and where life can take you, so just keep working. It is actually a period film that happens during 1930 and eight years from then and how the two characters fall in love. Dhupati Hari Babu and Sita Devi study in the same college. The love story is happening in the backdrop of World War II. Hari Babu goes to a war which is about the world at large and a village too. The title is Kanche and how people create fences between each other and not what God has created; how we create differences between caste, creed, sex, rich and poor. It is a bigger meaning and a bigger message. My story is very integral to the war, Krish Sir has the knack to bring a lot of metaphorical connection to various stories and lives.

About the experience with the film’s team and the role:

I have seen Krish sir’s films like Vedam, that made me cry. They have a meaning and a message. Varun Tej is just not good looking but a good actor and has completely fit into Hari Babu’s image. He has two different phases, once when he is a young boy, then in college and how he transforms into an Army man. Varun Tej is tall and I am tall too but he had to bend a bit for me.

Getting into the skin of her part

So early in my career, am getting a hard core and yet unconventional role. It was a dream come true. The name is normal 75 years ago, Rajakonda Sita Devi is a big Zamindar’s daughter, very rich, goes to college, sweet, innocent and falls in love. She has strong values, doesn’t adhere to society’s rules and regulations and has her own mind, beliefs and principles, even if the world goes against her. The expression of love at that time is completely different then, very subtle and very intense, cannot be expressed in words. It is slightly different from what we see today. My costumes are done by Aishwarya, the producer’s wife. They went all out to research and also struck a balance between reality and cinema. They did not want to go too far and make it unreachable.

We first shot in Hyderabad, sets like Madras Cultural Club, before Independence with jazz music. Sita Devi was way ahead of her time, in terms of thinking, dressing, outgoing. On her birthday, she goes to the club like what you saw in the trailer. The era so authentic with the chandeliers and the pianos. Baba Sir recreated it so well. There was a palace, like a house where we stayed, me and my family. We also went to villages like Palakollu, Thatipaka, because they had the Brahmin houses which looked authentic. The second schedule was in the villages. Then a big period was in Georgia, where the war sequences was shot including the songs. The equipment war, actual guns, artillery, tanks were found there. You increase your knowledge as an actor with this. Even if my history is not brushed up, you have a great team to help you with it.

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