Rajasekhar, who took a sabbatical of two years, has delivered a good comeback at the box office with PSV Garuda Vega. The movie will have a free run in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana until next week when Vijay's Adirindhi is scheduled for release. Rajasekhar also sought the blessings of senior actor Chiranjeevi yesterday. The boss has reportedly loved the film and assured Rajasekhar that it will set the cash registers ringing. Here, actor Rajasekhar talks about how he approached the role in PSV Garuda Vega, which is directed by Praveen Sattaru and has received rave reviews from both critics and the public alike for its action sequences.
What makes you sound very confident about 'Garuda Vega'?
I had always wanted to do films like 'Bourne Identity, 'Die Hard' and 'Lethal Weapon' in a way that would suit the Indian sensibilities. But no producer came forward with such an offer for years. I am lucky that Praveen Sattaru came up with 'GV'. This has a gripping narration. Rich visuals and an interesting screenplay make it a unique film for Telugu cinema.
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Coming to the budget, what justifies the very high Rs. 25-30 Cr?
'GV' is my comeback movie. Praveen came to me with this script. He had called it 'Magadu-2' initially. It was later titled 'Garuda Vega'. The estimated budget was Rs. 7-8 Cr. When I wondered as to who will invest such a huge amount, Jeevitha told me that this film has to be done. My father's friend's son was interested in making a movie. Initially, when my father told me about this, I thought he was saying it in order to console me during my bad days. But when we met Koteswar Raju garu (producer) in Chennai, we knew he was ready to do a film with us.
So, how did you approach the role, you being a known angry young man?
My director didn't want me to act the way I did in 'Ankusam' and the like. I am an NIA officer in the film. And in such an officer's life, finding suspects is a daily routine. So, he wouldn't behave like the hero of 'Anuksam' upon finding a suspect. My acting in 'GV' is totally subtle and understated. You will see a new Rajasekhar.
What kind of physical exercises did you put in?
I underwent a physical training for this movie. It's a James Bond-like movie where the hero has to do flight and parachute shots. I promised the director that I will be as energetic as I was in 'Prathighatana' and 'Vande Mataram'. But a month before the shoot was to start, I had chest pain. A stent was put in my left artery. I was asked to take complete rest for one month. But after just 10 days, I was ready to join the shoot.
(Text by Surendhar MK)
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