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Chay feels duty-bound to give his best

Published: 13th Jan 2022 12:51 pm

Hyderabad: Naga Chaitanya isn’t ecstatic about the accolades he has been winning since ‘Love Story’, the film which changed his career graph to new heights. But he has a deep sense of commitment and feeling of being duty-bound towards the films he is taking up presently. As the release date of his much-awaited film ‘Bangarraju’ approaches, the actor is nervous as well excited to score another blockbuster.

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Admitting how jittery he has been about experimenting with a sequel soon after scoring a hit at the box-office, Chay says he has a volley of questions bothering initially, in between, and during the breaks when ‘Bangarraju’ was on sets. “I was pestering director Kalyan Krishna with too many doubts. Because ‘Soggade Chinni Nayana’ was a runaway hit in 2016. And I am new to the sequel. I was a bit nervous, but also happy that my on-screen chemistry with my father (Nagarjuna) came out very well. Better than what we have done in ‘Manam’. I had to watch ‘Soggade…’ on repeat mode just to get into the right mood. I had to listen to the audio recordings of the director to better understand the script,” he says.

The story revolves around the titular character ‘Bangarraju’, played by Akkineni Nagarjuna. “It’s not true that Bangarraju’s character is less significant than others. The trailer cut was different altogether and the story has so much to offer. I play the role of Ramu, the naughty grandson of Bangarraju (Nagarjuna). Ramu resides in the USA and frequently interacts with his grandfather back in India via video call. My screen space is equal to my father’s. Krithi Shetty is my love interest in the film. Ramu keeps quarrelling with his lady love. And how their relationship evolves will be entertaining to watch; there will be tamasha that audiences get to watch every 10 minutes in the story,” says Chay adding that ‘Bangarraju’ is a film that should be enjoyed keeping aside the logic.

“I’ve done love stories, realistic romance and films that have logic, but ‘Bangarraju’ is a different ball game altogether,” he adds.

Admitting that he frequently hangs out with friends in the industry, Chay says actors Rana Daggubati and Akhil are his best buddies with whom he shares good time. But as far as his film career is concerned, the piece of advice always comes from his father. Every call with ‘Bangarraju’ was taken by his father, Chay admits.

Responding to how low-ticket fares affect the business at the box office, the actor said, “The budget of ‘Bangarraju’ was planned keeping the earlier rates in view. But as an actor, I usually won’t get involved in such issues unless my producer needs help externally. We have to adapt to the developments in the industry.”


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