Actor Akkineni Nagarjuna is a relaxed and satisfied man post the release of Uyyala Jampala for which he donned the hat of a producer. The actor seems to have a turned a corner in his three decade long career and says he will only do films which he genuinely appreciates. Wishing everybody a very happy new year, the 54-year-old gets talking about the year 2013, his films and family.
On Uyyala Jampala
The actor was delighted with the way the movie turned out and said that it was extremely satisfying to be associated with it. “Making this film brought me immense pleasure. What worked is that it had a producer like Ram Mohan, who is extremely passionate about films. These days, not many non-commercial films are being made in Andhra Pradesh, and I’m delighted to be associated with a small scale movie like this. I am certain that the film will also withstand even during Sankranthi,” he said. The freshness of the film is what attracted the actor and he insists he has no plans of commercialising it. “Uyyala Jampala is a completely fresh movie and everybody is new. We did not include any item songs or the usual commercial content because then the genuineness and innocence of the film would be lost,” he shared. The movie has not shattered any box-office records but has been well received by the audience and Nagarjuna feels that it is his biggest milestone of the year. “Having completed this, I’m feeling very good about myself and for me, it is the biggest hit of the year. Not collection-wise but personally, it’s my biggest film this year,” he said. Nagarjuna also shared his views about the political scenario in the country and felt that the change is imminent in films as well. “I sincerely believe that a change has started in films. A change has happened in our country with Arvind Kejriwal becoming the Delhi Chief Minister. This change is being translated into our films too and new concepts are coming up,” he said.
On the year 2013
Looking back at the year, the 54-year-old expressed disappointment and said that he couldn’t wait for it to get over. “2013 was a terrible year for me. I just want it out of my way, and I’m really waiting for this day to pass,” he said. With his father Akkineni Nageshwar Rao (ANR) being diagnosed with cancer, it was a really tough year for Nag and his family. Also, both his films, Greeku Veerudu and Bhai turned out to be duds at the Box-Office. “Most important thing was my father’s health. It has been a tough time for all of us. I lost my way with Bhai and after watching the movie, I lost respect for myself. It is a really bad film, and I was afraid that people might lose respect for me after watching it. None of my family watched it, and I told them not to watch it. I do not blame anybody but myself for being part of a movie like Bhai,” he added.
The actor also spoke about the ailing health of his father and how precious it is for him to spend time with him. “The health of my father is of primary importance to me. He is fine now under the circumstances and I want to spend more time with him as each moment is precious. Even after his surgery, he continued to dub for Manam as he felt that he had to complete the film. His dedication and commitment is remarkable,” he said. With growing speculation about his younger son Akhil’s entry into films, the actor was quick to downplay the hype. “There is no hurry for him to get into movies. We are planning to launch him soon but there’s no hurry at the moment,” he said. Talking about their relationship, he added, “More than father and son, we are like friends. He is very calm and stable and he often cools me down,” laughs Nagarjuna.
With the year turning out to be a rather miserable year for him, the actor is hoping for a better 2014. “I wish everybody a happy new year, It will hopefully be a good year for all of us. This year, I would like to spend more time with my father. Also, I don’t want to do regular movies anymore. I will look for a film which excites me, otherwise I’ll just spend time with my father,” he said. With his upcoming film Manam releasing in 2014, Nagarjuna is excited about it’s prospects. “It is a very emotional film. I have seen some of the records and I’m really happy with it. The movie should release by March 19. Most of the shoot is complete and we are just waiting for Samantha to give her dates. I’m not rushing the makers at all. I told them that I want a nicely cut diamond,” he added smilingly.