To say, Jagapathi Babu’s second innings as an actor has been more fruitful than what it was ten years ago won’t be an understatement. The actor’s recent film Aravinda Sametha, where he played the antagonist Basireddy is doing well at the box office and it is being termed as one of the best performances of his career. Speaking at the sidelines of the success celebrations of the movie, the actor shares what the shooting the movie was like and his future projects.
Three big films of the year where you played the antagonist have turned out to be blockbuster hits. How are you feeling?
Yeah. That is so true. Rangasthalam, Goodachari and now Aravinda Sametha have made this year a great one for me. All the three directors I worked with are very talented. Each film belongs to a different genre and the actors were also so passionate. Thanks to the fans and public who are showering their love on me.
Are you happy with the way your second innings have shaped up?
Yes. I started the second innings with Legend by playing the role of an antagonist and I admit, it came about because I had no choice. My market was over long ago and if I still want to make money, I have to go ahead with what I get. I just don’t randomly say yes to any film just because they are paying me. I can make sure that I say yes to films only when I like the script.
What had happened when you were dubbing for the role of Basireddy?
According to the script, Basireddy slowly looses his voice because of the attack on him. So, I had to dub in such a way where it had to sound like I am losing my voice. And it really happened. Due to the extreme cruelty of the character, I had to show variations in expression and emotion in voice and I collapsed a couple of times. I was least bothered about my voice and just wanted it to be the best. I think I am very good at dubbing. That is where we can correct a lot of things.
How was Tarak on sets? He is all praises about you.
That is the beauty of him. He is more like a brother to me. I even questioned him and asked, ‘what is the confidence he has, that he is praising me, being a big actor and a hero? He said, the film is the hero and not him. A film is larger than the concept of a hero. He is a very passionate and energetic person.
Can you reveal anything about your role in Sye Raa?
You all know that I cannot talk anything about it. I will be doing a special role in it and there is nothing that’s similar to playing an antagonist or protagonist. Though it is not a full length role, it is definitely the one which has lot of scenes with Chiranjeevi. I am happy to be a part of this project. Ram Charan will make a passionate producer. The hospitality of the production house is really good.
Any projects in any other languages?
I have around three films in Tamil and two in Malayalam. In the Malayalam film industry, I am working with Mohanlal and Mammootty again. There is a Bollywood project but I am yet to announce it officially since it would take some time. I am now used to Malayalam films after doing a couple of them there. I am familiar with the Tamil as well now. I want to do films in all Indian languages. I am what you call a thirsty actor.