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The more I go overboard, the more fans like me: Sampoornesh Babu

Published: 25th Nov 2021 2:00 pm

Hyderabad: If there is any actor who has no limitations in the Telugu film industry, it is Burning Star Sampoornesh Babu. Not just the content, his movie titles are enough to evoke laughter. Like every time he does something unthinkable, this time too his movie has been titled ‘Cauliflower’, and it’s all set to hit the screens this Friday.

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“There’s certainly no specific formula or a recipe to try such films. Since all my previous films were well-received at the box office, expectations on me get high every time. And I’ve the urge to be creative and bring something new to audiences. ‘Cauliflower’ is nothing short of a laugh riot,” the actor says.

Breaking the routine, Sampu will be seen first as a British official Andy Flower, and later as a cauliflower. “That sounded a bit odd to me initially after hearing the script; I was sceptical whether audiences are ready to take me in the role? Am I deviating from the pattern that I had experimented with? Playing a role with the name ‘Cauliflower’ itself looks very odd and overboard. And the reason that director RK Malineni gave as a justification had convinced me to move ahead with the project,” he adds.

Sampu’s talent is unorthodox that none would dare at the box office. “I always think about what creates laughter in the cinema hall. There’s one sequence when the lead character gets physically assaulted by a group of women, and immediately a song follows. Even while filming the movie, I felt normal as I usually do. When the poster was released, the response was huge. Friends and family kept asking me how I could dare to do such a thing with a semi-naked pose. For a second, I thought, am I so brave to do such a feat,” he quips.

Unlike his previous characters, ‘Cauliflower’ doesn’t have any signature floor moments or dance moves. “After Aamir Khan’s ‘PK’, none has tried something of this sort. Maybe audiences will like me whatever I do, that gut feeling keeps me going. The more I go overboard, the more they (fans) like me on-screen. Take for example, ‘Hrudaya Kaleyam’ where I get up from the pyre. In ‘Singam 123’, the lead character jumps into a swimming pool and surfaces somewhere near Charminar. All these movies have created an image among people that only Sampu can experiment with such roles. That’s a blessing for an actor.”

Ask him whether there is an expiry date for such a genre that he is currently dabbling with, he says, “Nothing is permanent, I haven’t thought that far. I am concerned with what audiences like. The story and the content are what make audiences happy irrespective of seeing myself as a hero or a comedian or a villain.”


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