Hyderabad: “It’s been a mixed bag so far,” says Anand Deverakonda explaining his daily routine during the pandemic. “Work has been slow and being at home always makes me feel a little less motivated. But I’ve tried to maintain a routine, mainly ensuring to workout every day,” he adds.
But, Anand agrees that he “can’t complain”. “I’ve been fortunate to have stability even through the pandemic. All this wouldn’t have been possible for us as a family if the pandemic hit six years ago. The only lesson I can think of is to ‘get busy living’. Life is unpredictable, short and never enough. So we have to make the best of what we have everyday,” he shares.
Anand has recently put up an Instagram reel where he is seen shaking a leg with his choreographer Sunder for the single Silakaa from his upcoming movie Pushpaka Vimanam. “I don’t get to dance in the movie, so I thought why not try and do an Insta reel. It’s peppy, high-spirited and has fun lyrics. Therefore, making it a brilliant song to dance to. Sunder is my dance master who’s equally talented. It was composed by Ram Miriyala. The movie has all montage songs, this songs comes at a very crucial point in the movie,” he says.
How different would Pushpaka Vimanam be from Singeetam Srinivasa Rao’s classic that came way back in 1987? Shares Anand, “The only thing common between the two movies is the title. The story and the genre are completely different. We’re using the title as a metaphor, “a life that could’ve been” for the protagonist. The title also has a positive sound and we have received good feedback on announcing the title. Having said that, stalwarts of the industry such as Singeetam Srinivasa Rao, EVV Satyanarayana, Jandhyala and SV Krishna Reddy are big inspirations to director Damodara.”
The Dorasani actor says he wants to explore through different genres but he didn’t envision a certain path yet. “I’m trying to be diverse with my story selection, which will help me reach audiences and also help me learn a lot more as an artiste. I’ve a line-up of three films after Pushpaka Vimanam, which are different from each other. One is a rustic love story, another a crime thriller and the other a heist comedy. So I’m extremely excited about the work coming my way,” says Anand.
On his brother
“I am bewitched by his (Vijay Deverakonda) earnestness, and entrepreneurial nature. One could see that through his promotions. He looks at his films with incredible passion and that takes his films to wider audiences. And his help to me is undeniable. But he always advises me to “have fun”, and that I’ll live by for as long as I’m doing films,” Anand laughs.
Of late, the actor is inconsistent with his social media activity. “Personally, it takes huge effort to make a post on social media. However, it’s really nice to see how fans and people react positively to your work. Social media is really effective for actors, it helps them have conversations with so many people and reach wider audiences,” he signs off.
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