Star Director Koratala Siva’s latest with Megastar Chiranjeevi, ‘Acharya’ also starring Mega Power Star Ram Charan in a crucial role is gearing up for its grand release on April 29. Here are some excerpts during his media interaction about the film and his upcoming film with Young Tiger NTR.
-I am well aware about Chiranjeevi gari pull as a star. When it comes to such a huge star, things are easy about what kind of story I need to narrate. I know he will play it to the galleries with wide reach to all sections of audience. I played it more safe and on a more commercial scale with a new backdrop. There should be nothing preachy but the way the protagonist reacts will be different.
-Acharya and Siddha are different characters. Ram Charan plays a person who is very soft in nature studying in a gurukul. Youngsters will want to be like him after watching the film. Ram Charan’s character will be introduced towards the end of the first half. And he will be seen in the second half more. Whereas Chiranjeevi plays an aggressive person due to his past. What happens when two such persons come together and fight for the same cause.
-My Hero is always honest, Even if he is in a beast mode. Take ‘Mirchi’, for example. Prabhas is honest whether he is violent or non-violent. After his realisation, he wants to bring transformation in the villains. I want my characters to be honest.
-I am always aware that I am handling biggest commercial stars. Their conversations and dialogues will be very sharp. Both the characters have equal importance in the film. With their stardom, my storytelling got enhanced even more.
-This film has an universal appeal. But me and my producers felt that one should not rush the post-production just to cash in on the craze. It’s a fair decision. Just because we want to grab the market, we shouldn’t hurry through.
-Chiranjeevi gari screen presence is something else. Matching him is not easy. Charan didn’t make any calculations and He wanted to play his character. There is a natural sync between them as they are father and son. The output has been free-flowing. The scenes involving the two actors are an eye-feast. A lot of people from the film industry visited the sets and watched the father-son duo.
-Song situations are very tough in Acharya as the story is not in a regular template. But Mani Sharma made sure he gave the best of the music beyond these restrictions. His BGM is also superb.
–‘Acharya’ doesn’t highlight religious aspects at all. The story is beautifully narrated it will conect with everyone irrespective of religion. Even the Naxalist ideology hasn’t been deeply explored, It is only shown at a surface level where the protagonist has that backdrop.
-I only write strong characters in a new premise. I don’t worry about giving a message. Does ‘Bharat Ane Nenu’ have any message in it? It’s about a loyal son who was told by his mother to always keep his promise come what may. Such a son goes on to take the oath as Chief Minister. That’s the biggest promise anyone can make. ‘Srimanthudu’ was also about a heroic character who was born with a silver spoon wants to give away his money to the needy. I was inspired by Good Samaritans in real life in writing some of the scenes in the film.
-Not as of now. But in the days to come, I want to make a film on Swami Vivekananda like Gandhi on a wide scale. But to make it, I need to gain more experience and research more. I am fascinated of Swami Vivekananda, whose gospel inspired everyone when there was no mass media.
-NTR 30 will be a high-voltage film written to cater to the largest possible audience segment. I can’t say who is the film’s heroine and all. The story has been locked already and once Acharya releases, I will sit with NTR, and more details of the film will be announced on the 20th of May on NTR’s birthday.