Uday Kiran Manager Interview Essay

There comes a time in everyman’s life when what he needs is a change, much more than anything else in his life. “Knowingly or unknowingly” something happened to him and that’s not the end of it. Uday Kiran, who was considered the Lover Boy of AP till a few years ago, found his going tough. “This made some people think that I am done. I have never been lazy or out of screen all these years. Of course, luck didn’t favor me and luck will not be against me always. Every dog has its day and so has every man,” he says. He doesn’t consider using words like “Ex-Lover Boy” to mark him. “You wait and see. Lakhs and lakhs of families in our state are eagerly waiting for one hit movie for me. Surely, that will be my second invasion,” Uday Kiran asserts in an exclusive interview to Idlebrain.com. He also wishes good luck to the flood of new comers into Tollywood. His latest Gunde Jhallumandi is releasing tomorrow (Sep 12).

How about working for Gunde Jhallumandi? Looking back at your recent past, how special is this film to you?

Fantastic Experience: It is a fantastic experience. Luck didn’t favor me for the last few years. There are some people who might think I am gradually fading out. But, I know I wield the genuine fandom in Andhra Pradesh. I never hurt anyone. And nobody will feel like harming me. Countless families ardently wish that Gunde Jhallumandi should become a hit. They don’t feel that I am a film hero. They think I am one among their family members. In five out of ten families, you find a boy like Uday Kiran. I am neither too fair, nor too well-built, nor too stylish, nor too handsome… but an alert youth with genuine hopes and no avarice. All these factors give me special hope.

Big discussion: I am telling you for the first time. Even before conceiving the project Gunde Jhallumandi, Madan is a good well-wisher of mine. He belongs to my circle with a very few people. One day, he felt like doing a film with me to suit my taste and also to suit his taste. We discussed for the right subject for several months. We spoke hours and hours together, we laughed, we cut jokes and what not. Finally, the script was ready. In fact, it is the result of live emotions felt in real situations. It is not a mere love story. Gunde Jhallumandi is the reflection of live romantic feelings.

Madan, a hard struggler: We know, Madan generated much heat in the industry with his cool hits like Aa Naluguru (as writer) and Pellaina Kothalo (as director). Working with Madan is a rare opportunity. He is not rigid in his work style. He works not like a director in its conventional meaning. He works like a friend to give success to his friend. His friendliness is equally distributed to all on the sets. Such a genuine relationship I cherished with him. Like me, Madan was also a silent struggler. He worked for my blockbuster Manasantha Nuvve as II Camera Assistant. This shows his hard work and relent pursuit to scale new heights with varied interests.

What are the strengths of Gunde Jhallumandi?
I play the role as Balaraju. I maintained some peculiar features for this characterization. In fact, I learnt the art of toning my body from character to character based on the suggestions of my godfather Teja. I and Madan have a clear idea. To whom does GJ belong to? Why made this film? What the audiences exactly expect from us? See, I am not a mass hero, but at the same time I am not a class hero. This means my audiences are cosmopolitan. We just picked up the skeleton and adorned it with the best of the parts and it’s for the audience to start their treatment to our body. Foundation of GJ is extremely strong. Not to forgot, the audio is already a chartbuster. I tell you, it is going to long last for many years to come.

No doubt, you wielded strong fandom among our girls and the youth. All our heroes have organized fans associations. Why didn’t you have such associations?
Please note. It’s not “wielded”. It should be “still wielding”. Just I talk about my fans. But not for them, I would have been really finished. My big strength is my fans that range from LKG kids to senior citizens and golden citizens. The power of my fans is very powerful like “Chapa Kinda Neellu”. It is not seen just like that. It is intensely felt. You don’t find beating of dappulu (drums) and blasting of crackers and displaying cutouts. They don’t make any hungama. They just share their happiness in a cool manner. Perhaps, I am one and the only hero, better I say an actor, who holds unwavering fandom. In all my hard times, I was never neglected. I can proudly say, almost all the audiences in Andhra Pradesh wish that I should get a hit film. This blessing and hearty wish is enough for me. My life has its beautiful meaning, at this young age.

How exactly is the response from your fans and well-wishers all these years of your low profile?
I didn’t know what sin I had committed. Something had happened. That was all. I too made some wrong steps. It is all because I had no proper guidance. Now my sufferings turned into a pool of experience, priceless wealth to carry out my advancement. Wherever I go – restaurants, temples or factions – people come to me and with spotless smile. I find in their faces a cordial attachment for me. It seems to sound: ‘Yes. We are with you. You are our boy.’ They question me: ‘Why are you doing such films? Why don’t you do good films?’ They hold it as their right to question me. In turn I feel its my responsibility to answer them… to fulfill their wish. I hope I am going to answer my people with GJ. They made me realize that all these drums, garlands, cutouts and phone calls are not permanent. After all, neither success nor failure is everlasting. As long as we live, our heart beats. A heartthrob with love for our beloved ones alone is enduring.

Can you narrate your career during the period of low profile?
Sure. I am never away from the film industry. I did some flop movies. I still can’t understand why our people talk about the flops of a hero and not the flops of production houses. There are some big production houses which gave flops. When time comes, everything will be alright. To that matter, I never did any “Alla Tappa films”. All my films during this lean period – Lakshmi Putrudu, Viyyalavari Kayyalu and Abaddam – are done either with big people or with big respect for the subject.

Lakshmi Putrudu: The producer and director have repeatedly approached me with this subject. The story: Every young man attaining the age of 25 gets separated from his parents. He might leave them in pursuit of a job or after marriage. When such a situation comes, the hero decides to stay with his aging father. He even gets ready to forget his love for his dad. I liked this subject and I did it. I ran considerably well in Tamilnadu and it’s a flop in Andhra Pradesh. Now, you tell me is there anything wrong on my part having done this film?

Abaddam: Everyone in the film industry, all over the South knows how great is Balachander garu. He is guru to superstar Rajnikanth and Loka Nayakudu Kamal Hassan. When I got an opportunity to get directed by such a legendary person, I simply rushed to him. The movie is a flop, but as an artiste I am highly satisfied. Even in the years to come, the experience will be a milestone in my career. I did a film with Balachander garu. Doesn’t it sound great? Then why the perception that I did a flop movie?

Viyyalavari Kayyalu: See, Larsco Entertainments is not a small banner. Lagadapati Sridhar is not a small producer. Sattibabu is not a flop director. More than that Srihari is not an ordinary actor. With this combination, I ventured into VVK. Something might have gone wrong and it’s gone? So what’s wrong in doing this film? But, I will never blame the audiences. I bow my head to their patronage. This is just my clarification to those who are given to think that I did the so called “Alla Tappa films”.

Trend of introducing new comers began with your Chitram. Coming from that platform, how you find the heavy influx of new comers into Tollywood? Any classification from your side?
Actually, I don’t feel like answering this question. But, I can’t disappoint you. I am very proud to have done a film like Chitram with which dawned a new beginning in Tollywood. This way, Uday Kiran is like Columbus, who came to make a new discovery in Tollywood. We are having more films these days on human relations, current affairs, thrillers and the like. I am happy.

Pre-Chitram Days: I am not ashamed to tell you this. I must say this. I want all my new friends (new comers) to know this. Everybody knows the difference between non-filmy and filmy backgrounds. There is the third dimension. That is non-economical and economical class of entrants. Now, you don’t need filmy background, but economical background is a big yardstick. I came from a class where I didn’t even have money to take photographs of mine (bust, full and profile) for submitting it with Teja’s office (Selections for Chitram). Against the specified rules, I just submitted a single photograph that I picked up from our family album. I hailed from a class where I used to stand in long queues to obtain buss pass at the Ratifil Bus station. I made the footboard travelling almost all my college career… And because of these strengths, still I hold my stamina and continue to hold it for many years to come.

Present scenario: Our new comers are in fact lucky. 100 % of them come from a background where their parents support them. If required, the boys could even have excellent training in acting, stunts, dances with some of the premier film institutes in Mumbai or LA. The parents invest on their boys. They even make their best efforts to find a producer for their son. They also finance or aid the producer. They take every minute care – from poster designing to trailers to regular publicity. Ironically, sometimes they decide the producers and directors. Importantly, the risk factor is zero for our new comers. As they come from financially sound backgrounds, they always have alternatives, even if they don’t click as artistes. Anyways, I heartily welcome my new colleagues. They are must for our industry.

Poor and downtrodden: Unfortunately, you don’t find a new comer (in the main lead), who has come from a middle class or lower middle class or the downtrodden sections. We all of us know the zeal of the front-benchers in the theatres. They enjoy watching the movie more than the back-benchers sitting relaxed. This section, I mean the underprivileged, too possess the dream for the tinsel world, but they can’t afford to fulfill theirs. Something practical should be made to rope in artistes from this platform also.

Tell us the most pinching happening in your career?
So, you want me tell this also! (Laughs) Okay. When I was shooting for Gunde Jhallumandi, I was hurt in the knee. I was advised compulsory rest for two months. During this period, some of my colleagues on the sets of GJ came and spent time with me. My fans, better I say my friends, came to me. I forget all my sufferings and pain. But, none of our people with whom I had traveled for many years was not seen anywhere. I don’t know whether they knew about my bed rest or not. See, I am not blaming anyone. If a mosquito bites a big hero, it’s news. If a heroine catches cold, it’s news. But, God is with me.

How are you going to plan your future?
I have learnt a lot in my life, seen the best and worst. My dream for doing different kinds of characters is unending. Time will answer this.

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Finding his film Gunde Jhallumandi as a “strong platform” for his further advancement in Tollywood, hero Uday Kiran gets ready for his immediate next – Ekaloveyudu, set to release this Vijayadasami. The movie, projecting several new comers in the departments of direction, music, cinematography, comes from the banner of senior producer Medikonda Murali Krishna, who delivered an all time blockbuster Narasimha Naidu. “The film directly or indirectly will be an inspiration to those who entertain suicidal thoughts when they fail in love. They will find that by resorting to extreme step, they will not achieve anything. I live for love in this film,” says Uday Kiran. An exclusive interview to Idlebrain.com.

Tell us about the box office result of Gunde Jhallumandi?
The movie provided me a strong platform for my further advancement in the industry. The movie is like a Manasantha Nuvve and Nuvvu Nenu to me. The movie generated immense public response. Its songs also become chartbusters. Directly or indirectly, a number of my well-wishers and fans and general audience who look at me as their own family members are enjoying the film.

What about Ekaloveyudu? What’s the specialty in it for audiences?
KRK told me the subject three years ago. When I wanted to do this project, I met Medikonda Murali Krishna. On hearing the subject, he immediately liked it. There are many kinds of movies – General, commercial, love, story-based, creating new trend each time. Ekaloveyudu is a sort of film with a story on the lines of the 1980s, but with big modern treatment. This is the point of our film. We took special care about the music, which already became a hit. I heard the subject not as an actor but from the audience point of view. With all my experience all these years, I hope I earned some amount of judgment about the story. I earnestly feel it will not fail.

Why should audience watch Ekaloveyudu?
Audiences do watch all kinds of films. If they like, they spread it to their circles. I strongly believe that only mouth publicity plays a major role in the movie success or failure. No one in the film industry could exactly predict the success of failure of a film. Just they can say just like that, because everybody hopes for the best. As of Ekaloveyudu, I hope we touched the tastes of the audience. The film’s hit depends on how best we went nearer to them. With Gunde Jhallumandi becoming a success, already people are expecting something from Ekaloveyudu.

What’s your characterization in the film?
I play a normal guy in the film, a passed graduate. Just like all my films, I have not given any buildup as hero. I always did the roles nearer to real life. Say, brother, son, lover. In this film, there will be extra responsibility on me compared to all my previous films.

How do you justify the title Ekaloveyudu to the film?
It is one hundred percent apt. In Mahabharath, the character of Ekalavya is known for his devotion towards his guru. He kept his word for the guru. He cut his thumb and presented it as dhanam. Here, the hero too holds his promise. He is committed to deliver his word. Highlight is that he can go to any extent to fulfill his commitment. The title is suggestive of both action and love.

Your director said the film is about the hero “living for his love”? Any message to those who get ready for suicide, failing in love?
We generally don’t intend any message to such segment. But the film will be a big inspiration to them. Failing in love, some people commit suicide as they think they achieved nothing while living. Now, I ask them. By committing suicide, what will they be achieving?

Tell us about the love aspect in this film?
There are different kinds of love stories. Ekaloveyudu is the one with lot of depth in love, with great emotion in the feel. There is intensity in this subject. When the hero goes to any extent to achieve his love, you can imagine the emotion involved. I wanted to live in love.

What about the music?
Our music director Anil Krishna scored excellent beats for the film. It is very difficult to get noticed at the very first venture. But, people are talking about the music of Ekaloveyudu. Yes. This is real. As a music director, he passed out successfully. Now, it’s our turn on the screen. We kept in mind both the mass and class elements in music. We achieved it.

Tell us about cinematography?
Luckily, all the cameramen with whom I had worked so far showed me handsome. Even the surroundings are superb. Particularly, we shot the major portion of the film in Ooty. Definitely, we will be giving the audience the best cinematography. Our audiences today care much for this technical aspect also. Ramesh Krishna (cinematographer) did show a distinct flavor, the advancement of the journey (the movie will be enjoyed like a journey), and a particular pattern all through. From lighting to locations, he took extreme care. This will surely enhance our success range.

How about your producer?
Most of us are new comers. New director KRK, new music director Anil Krishna, new photographer Ramesh Krishna. New heroine Kriti Ahuja. This way, everything will be fresh. For achieving this, we need strong support. We found him in Medikonda Muralikrishna garu. Today, producers don’t readily support the new comers. It is almost very difficult to find such people. When you do a film with a technician, definitely you look at his track record. Interestingly, Medikonda garu introduced his son Amarchand as producer for Ekaloveyudu. Above, all we trusted in him; and he trusted us equally.

Do you think KRK brought justice to the film?
See, most times there will be a lot of difference between story heard and story presented on the screen. But, KRK told me the story three years ago. Even now, he holds the freshness. I see exactly the same feel what I felt three years ago. Generally, KRK is a silent man, but he wields great ideas. He is a passionate director.

You saw several debut directors for your films? Whom you think is the best?
All the directors, to that matters technicians and artistes, do put their maximum effort in their first film. They work with zeal, a sense of unknown expansion into creativity. Moreover, the debut director does feel the responsibility more than the seasoned directors. This way, I consider all of them nice, irrespective of the movie’s report.

Do you think a sequel to your film Manasantha Nuvve will click?
I personally feel that sequels do make good only for thrillers and action films. Manasantha Nuvve is like Maro Charitra. You can’t take a sequel to Maro Charitra, but you can remake it. Same is the case with Manasantha Nuvve, I feel.

Your dialogue… Ee Peddavallu Unnaru choodandi… turned into your brand of dialogue delivery. Are there any such memorable dialogues in this film?
Yes. I also hear that this particular dialogue is used when people think of me. They are unique in one’s career. I hope in Ekaloveyudu too, there will be such dialogues. It is for the people to catch such things. When we deliver the words, we do it casually. But, sometimes luck prevails on them; bring a typical style for its hero.

Tell us about your heroine?
Kriti Ahuja. If you observe all my films, my heroine is not a dummy. She holds more or less equal footage on a par with the hero. She becomes a strong point in the story. Here, this girl also enjoyed such privilege.

Are you ready to do guest roles?
Definitely. Some directors also asked me for such roles. And I too gladly accepted. But, somehow, it didn’t happen in any film. But, I would be really happy if such roles could be on the lines a Jagapati Babu in Anthapuram and Karthik in Mouna Ragam.

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