It’s a misconception that potboiler movies don’t provide a platform for actors to explore their skills, says Allu Arjun who wants to be known as a âstar actorâ rather than a star.
Arjun, who works primarily in Telugu cinema, said his recently released film âPushpa: The Riseâ gave him the opportunity to try something different.
While the 39-year-old actor enjoys playing with his ‘strengths’, he doesn’t stick to his comfort zone.
” ‘Pushpa’ is a movie that really inspired me to do something different. I wanted to be known as a star artist, that’s my goal. People still mistakenly think that commercial films have no room for performance. Rather, there is enormous scope, which is untapped. We have to explore it.
There is more room for performance in a commercial film than an independent or parallel cinema. In parallel cinema your performance is stage based, while in commercial films it is dance, action and stage based. In ‘Pushpa’, even if I dance less, I am still in the character. Before ‘Pushpa’ it was ‘Rudhramadevi’ (which) is not just the usual movie. It was about performance, no dancing and less action, ” Arjun told PTI in an interview here.
Billed as a pan-Indian multilingual action thriller, ‘Pushpa: The Rise’ is set against the backdrop of the smuggling of red sandalwood that follows the violence that erupts between smugglers and cops.
Released on December 17 in theaters in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi, the first part of the film amassed Rs 275 crore gross in 11 days.
Arjun said the team were pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming response to “Pushpa: Rise”, especially in the Hindi-speaking market. The film has earned Rs 39.95 crore in Hindi since its release.
We are happy that so many people come to the movies after a long period of pandemic and enjoy the movie. We weren’t expecting this big response, it’s a huge surprise for us, ” he added.
During his two-decade career, the actor has featured in action films such as ” Bunny ”, ” Arya ” series, ” Desamuduru ”, ” Parugu ”, ” Ala Vaikunthapurramloo ”, and action film from the biographical period ” Rudhramadevi ”.
In his latest ‘Pushpa: The Rise’, Arjun plays a red sands smuggler in the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh.
The actor said he lost his “megastar image” to play this character in the most realistic way possible.
I wanted to make a pan-Indian film out of it because the subject is such. It’s a difficult film to shoot, physically, mentally. This film has a serious tone, unlike my other films. I saw this role as an opportunity, which no one has ever done. We are used to seeing this kind of role in Tamil cinema but not here, ” he said.
Arjun said he took courses to learn the dialect spoken in Rayalaseema.
âI normally speak in the Andhra dialect. Also, we shot action sequences in a forest for about 50-70 days, it was also very physically tiring. the topic may have aroused public curiosity about ” Pushpa ”.
” We have heard about red sandalwood ever since it occurred in Andhra Pradesh. It is not a foreign subject for us. But it is an interesting backdrop for other languages.
We were banking on its uniqueness. It (the plant) grows here in Andhra Pradesh. All of this makes for a very authentic story … We hope people like the authenticity of the subject matter. ” The film also stars Fahadh Faasil, Rashmika Mandanna, Dhanunjay, Rao Ramesh and Ajay Ghosh.
Malayalam movie star Faasil, who makes his Telugu debut with the film, plays the menacing Inspector Bhanwar Singh Shekhawat in ‘Pushpa: The Rise’.
Arjun said working with Faasil was a wonderful experience.
” I’ve seen a few of his films. He’s a good actor. He justified the role in ‘Pushpa’. He’s a very hardworking and sincere actor and that’s what got him to where he is today. I respect his work. It was a great pleasure working with him. ” The film marks Arjun’s reunion with director Sukumar – the two delivered two 2004 blockbusters ” Arya ” and its sequel ” Arya 2 ” (2009) .
The second part of the film, ” Pushpa: The Rule ”, produced by Mythri Movie Makers in association with Muttamsetty Media, will hit the parquet floors in March.
When Part One works, there are huge expectations from Part Two. That will be difficult. We are now well prepared to shoot for the film, ” Arjun added.
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