Returning to his Roots
By Rinku Gupta | Express Features | Published: 12th February 2014 12:07 PM |
For Tollywood actor Naveen Chandra, things couldn’t have been better. After a successful beginning in Tollywood, he is now set to enter K Town with Bramman that is releasing on February 21. What’s more, his Sivappu, is also readying for release. Being a Tamilian born in Hyderabad and raised in Karnataka, Naveen is now happy to be doing roles in the Tamil industry. The actor has also bagged the lead role in producer CV Kumar’s Sarabam for which he is shooting at present.
In the K Manju Cinemas and Anto Joseph Film Company’s Bramman, Naveen’s role has largely been kept under wraps.
Naveen tells CE, “I play the second lead as the friend of Sasikumar. We both want to do something big in life, but part ways. How we come together and reach our aims is the story.”
The film is directed by newbie Socrates, a former assistant director to Kamal Hassan.
Naveen was first signed up for Sivappu in Tamil, but Bramman will be released first. Talking about the preparation he says, “For Bramman I had to grow my beard and hair, but keep it trimmed. In contrast, for Sivappu, in which I play a construction worker, it was a more rugged and unkempt look. I had to stop exercising for Bramman, in order to look like a director. I also befriended many short film directors to understand my character better.”
While Andala Rakshashi (AR) was his debut Telugu film, he also has Dhalam, Naara Kumarudu and Juliet Lover of Idiot to his credit. Incidentally, it was his role in Andala Rakshashi that led to his foray into Kollywood. Says Naveen, “Sasikumar saw my song from that film on TV and thought I was perfect for Bramman. Sivappu too came to me because of AR.”
Naveen is excited that he got to work with Raj Kiran and Madhu Ambat in Sivappu, directed by Sathyashiva. Rupa Manjari plays a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee in this love story. Naveen says. “From Raj Kiran I learnt about humility. Despite being such a big actor, producer and director, he was so down to earth.”
Naveen’s dedication to acting is apparent when he says.“I went incognito and worked at a building under construction for a fortnight to get into the character.”
The shoot involved a five-day risky fight sequence on a thorny, stony ground, which he completed despite nursing a fractured knee.
Eyeing both Tollywood and Kollywood he says, “I love acting. As long as I get substantial roles, I will take up projects in both the languages.”