the audience welcomed Anish of Nagarjuna Akkineni With cheers and whistles at Brahmastra. However, this kind of audience reaction is not a new phenomenon for Telugu actors. For nearly 40 years, he’s become accustomed to seeing his audience loving him and his movies.
Commenting on his reaction to the Brahmastra, the 63-year-old star said: I think everyone reacted like that. They responded that way to the film itself. It’s a content that makes you feel good when you whistle. Many people have sent me videos home. Fans of mine here share how there is an uproar while watching the movie and how people are having fun. I always looked south, so it felt good. I am glad that this happened to Brahmastra. We worked really hard for it.”
Fans have complained about the limited screen time of Nagarjuna’s Anish.
“I haven’t shot much. I shot in 2018 and when I first met Ayan[Mukherji]during that time Covid broke out and then followed. What you see of me in the film is exactly what Ayan told me.
Speaking to some fan theories and a possible spin-off, Nagarjuna said he and director Ayan Mukerji are discussing what’s next for his character in the Brahmastra franchise.
He said, “We pay attention to all the fan theories. We enjoy it. It’s such a strong character. I like Nandi Astra. When Nandi Astra takes over, he’s calm and composed.” I had to show Ayan that he was going to change from one man to another completely. Let’s talk about these things when we’re done.”
The actor also shared how he did Brahmastra because the concept excited him and he wanted to do a Hindi film for his fans. Thanks to my movies (Telugu movies) there, they watch a lot of movies on OTT and satellite, especially during Covid, everyone was watching everything on OTT. I know I have big fans in the north because I see notifications popping up on social media, and many of them ask me when I’ll be in another Hindi movie. to ask them to make a Hindi film.”
Brahmastra has also become a pan-Indian film loved by North and South Indian audiences alike. Does this mean that the future of cinema is pan-Indian cinema? Nagarjuna quite disagrees. In fact, he says, “Not all pan-Indian films work.”
The actor said, “A pan-Indian film needs a certain quality and a certain temperament. You can’t just make a film and call it pan-Indian. We need scale, and I think that today, directors who dream big and can dream it (making pan-Indian films) have an opportunity because Brahmastra is doing very well in the South as well. Because it opened very successfully in Telugu states, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Brahmastra opened its gates, people got used to the idea of pan-Indian movies that they can watch everywhere. I mean, if they can see Doctor Strange dubbed in Hindi and Telugu, why watch our own movies? Don’t you see. They see Tom Cruise speaking Telugu (laughter).”
— Nagarjuna Akkineni (@iamnagarjuna) August 29, 2022
What prompted Nagarjuna to continue his experiments at the age of 63? Motivation now is to get inspired and the project has to be satisfying. It turned out to be an all round holistic experience. It’s been 38 years since I’ve been absorbed in movies, and my motivation hasn’t changed. I feel that this is a beautiful and wonderful time for filmmaking. There was a certain kind of turmoil that made it a great time to make a movie, there’s multiple media, theaters, little boxes at home, OTT, and there’s social his media that influences. So many mediums. You just have to look out for it and avoid it. It is amazing. “
Towards the end of the interview, Nagarjuna said he wanted to share screen space. Amitabh Bachchan After Khuda Gawah (1992).
“I keep seeing him all the time. That’s it,” the actor concluded.
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