Actor Nabha Natesh was a bit apprehensive of reprising the role of Radhika Apte in ‘Maestro’, the Telugu remake of Bollywood blockbuster ‘Andhadhun’. “I was a bit frightened at how I would be able to pull off the character in Telugu. Radhika Apte is known for portraying diverse on-screen roles. The film ‘Andhadhun’ has changed the face of Indian cinema. A landmark film from the genre. Even though I was doubtful initially, I could slowly get into it. I ensured that I shouldn’t take reference from the original work. Because it might influence me subconsciously,” says Nabha, who is in the city ahead of the movie’s release on OTT this month.
Situation appears volatile
‘Maestro’ is the third film in a row after the movies like ‘Tuck Jagadaish’ and ‘Narappa’ which were released on OTT platforms in recent times. “I’ve had this threat to me long before, two of my Telugu movies have been released during the pandemic. ‘Maestro’ is the third one. The situation is such that we should get used to it as WHO announced it as endemic. Situation seems to be still volatile. 50 percent occupancy .. so we thought an OTT release was the right choice as everyone could watch the film hassle-free sitting at home,” adds ‘iSmart Shankar’ actor.
Like every remake in Telugu, Nabha says ‘Maestro’ too has been processed, rehashed and tweaked in small amounts to suit the sensibilities of Telugu audiences. “There was a lot of unlearning went into it. ‘Maestro’ is going to be a proper Telugu film even though the storyline and underline theme are the same. Songs were made more peppy to get that Telugu flavour. It’s going to be a fresh movie. I am excited how people will react to it. These kinds of stories have to be told to Telugu fans,” she adds.
Sharing her experience working with actor Nithiin for the first time in her career, the ‘Alludu Adhurs’ actor says, “Co-star Nithiin is so accommodative. Fun as well as very cautious in his approach as an actor. He took proper care of his role as a visually challenged man.” Directed by Merlapaka Gandhi, the movie is set to release on September 17.
Nabha takes time to binge watch some OTT exclusive series in Spanish and Korean languages. “During the lockdown, I used to do it every day. Now I’ve shortened the average hours of watching webseries and other content. It helps me as an actor to know performances and contentful stories that are being made outside India,” she adds.
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