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Jagapati waiting for the right script
By B. Anuradha,
Hyderabad, Feb 14 Telugu star Jagapati Babu, who bounced back
into the reckoning with back-to-back hits "Saamaanyudu" and "Pellaina
Kottalo", is not in a hurry to cash in on his newfound success.
"I always preferred to wait for the right project. I will wait
for the right script, producer and director. Until I find them,
let me savour my latest success," Jagapati told IANS.
The actor, whose recent releases were made on moderate budgets,
says big-budget films cannot guarantee success.
"It's the script that makes the difference. Good plots remain
the soul of every successful film and the budgets are
Excerpts from an exclusive chat:
Q: How do you feel about delivering back-to-back hits after a
string of duds?
A: Success is bound to give you happiness and two hits in a row
enthralled me. My belief in strong scripts has paid dividends
yet again. And my confidence in up-and-coming directors stands
vindicated. According to me, after the masses, youth are the
most loyal audience you can rely upon. And now I can have them
as my audience.
Q: Were the themes of the two films different from each other?
A: Yes. "Saamaanyudu" was meant for the masses, while the other
one was targeted at the family audience. But both turned out to
be all-round hits, impressing all sections of the audience.
Initially, Madan came up with an action subject but I asked him
to prepare a script for family audiences. I was bowled over by
his perseverance and commitment and did "Pellaina Kottalo".
Similarly, Ravi's passion prompted me to do "Saamaanyudu".
Q: While most of the big budget films are bombing, two of your
films, made on moderate budgets, have worked wonders.
A: I reiterate that big budgets cannot guarantee success. It's
the script that makes the difference. Good plots remain the soul
of every successful film and the budgets are secondary.
Though it is not my job, I do insist that my producers keep a
check on the budget of my films because I don't want my producer
to go bankrupt.
Q: Unlike Hindi cinema, why aren't multi-starrer films popular
A: Primarily, it is because of the fans. I have done some
multi-hero films but I have never tried to shorten the role of
my co-stars. I did "Sandade Sandadi" and it was remade in Hindi
with Sanjay Dutt, who played a role done by comedian Kovai
Sarala in the original. Sanjay is a good artist.
Q: Why haven't you tried to cash in on the success by signing
A: Even when I was going through a lean patch, I didn't do films
in a hurry. So why should I rush during a good phase? I am yet
to sign any new film. Recently, an old man asked me when I would
deliver my next hit. It shows viewers are expecting another
successful film from me.
I will wait for the right script, producer and director. Until I
find them, let me savour my latest success.