With the clock ticking for the grand release of Gautamiputra Satakarni, actors Balakrishna and Shriya claims that they don’t feel any pressure and are brimming with confidence. “We don’t have any pre-release jitters and we sincerely believe in our hard work. A few hours are left for the audience to experience the magic of Gautamiputra Satakarni,” says Balakrishna.
Directed by Krish, the historical drama is also the 100th film of Balakrishna. The Legend actor admits that it was a privilege to play King Satakarni in his career. “Like many of us, I never knew anything about king Satavahana till Krish approached me for the project. I feel it’s a matter of pride to essay such a spectacular role in my 100th film.”
So, how was the makeover like? “Our team did thorough research and procured all the information available. I did play a king in a few films but this role is challenging and different. The omnipotence of Satakarni had to be conveyed through my body language and diction. All credit goes to Krish and his conviction,” adds Balakrishna.
Shriya dons queen Vashisthi and she calls it a powerful role. “For the first time, I will be seen as a mother of two kids, who believes in dharma. She was a self-made woman and plays an instrumental role in Satakarni’s life.”
Talking about her unique chemistry with Balakrishna, she says, “We did two films together and people like us together. I’ve gone from being a teenager to a woman. Balayya is a still a child at heart and he was someone who likes to mingle with everyone around.”
Balakrishna says that his father late NTR missed out an opportunity to work in a film based on the great king and believes that his decision was inspired by his father. “My father fancied about doing a film on Satakarni but that didn’t happen. Perhaps, his thoughts had influenced me to take up this project. I feel like he guided me as an invisible power and encouraged me spiritually.”
The film boasts of spine-chilling war episodes and Balayya states that he never trained for any of these sequences. “Sword fighting and horse riding came by instinct. I was never trained in any of these forms. I attained perfection only after I started performing them in my films. May be, I inherited this trait from my father. I am proud of being the son of the legendary person who showed me to overcome obstacles in my life. ”
Balayya is not worried about his film clashing with Chiranjeevi’s comeback film Khaidi No. 150 which is releasing on January 11. “It’s a common sight for two films to vie for box office supremacy during Sankranti season. Both films are prestigious and I wholeheartedly wish success of these projects.”
Talking about his future projects, “A project with Krishna Vamsi is in the pipeline. It will materialise only if Amitabh Bachchan agrees to do a cameo. I met him recently and he showed great enthusiasm but we are waiting for his response.”
The 56-year-old actor confidently says that he is carefully planning his career path from now. “After my 100th film, I am meticulously planning my career. You will get to see a new Balakrishna in my upcoming films. To put it better, Balakrishna era will begin soon.”