Actor Naga Chaitanya, like his legendary father Nagarjuna, wants to use the Hindi film industry to experiment with roles that he feels would likely “backfire” if ever attempted in Telugu cinema.
When he made his Hindi film debut in 1990 with Shiva, the Hindi version of his Telugu smash Siva, Nagarjuna had already established himself as a star in the Telugu film industry. He then went on to play supporting parts in films like Khuda Gawah, Criminal, and Mr. Bechara, among others.
When Chaitanya opted to join Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha in the Hindi film business, his father just offered him the advice, “Go do the characters you have always dreamed of portraying as an actor,” according to Chaitanya, who has provided Telugu blockbusters like Premam, Majili, and Love Story.
The introduction of my father to the Hindi market was natural. He always claimed to have had no genuine plans, in my memory. His passion was always for Telugu movies. But there is a basic expectation of us in the Telugu film industry, or we sort of project a certain image. There is a possibility since the local Hindi cinema audience is unprejudiced.
“He offered me the same piece of advice: “Go play the roles you’ve always wanted to play as an actor.” It isn’t required to be the lead role. Use that as a chance to explore yourself more as long as your character remains essentially the same throughout the movie and you go ahead in some way “the actor, age 35.
Chaitanya expressed his pride in his family’s lineage, which includes some of the most well-known figures in Telugu cinema, including Rana Daggubati, Venkatesh, Daggubati Ramanaidu, and Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
He does, however, also want the freedom to show himself in a wholly different “texture” devoid of any expectations, the actor claimed.
“I can’t do a lot of the things I did in “Laal Singh” in Hindi in a Telugu movie. I’m unsure of how it will be received. It may go wrong. Certainly, it resembles an alter ego that is active in the Hindi market. I believe that not everyone knows me entirely, and I’d want to take advantage of that “said he.
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In the movie, Chaitanya plays Army soldier Balaraju Bodipalem, a Telugu-speaking guy from Andhra Pradesh who is one of Laal, the main character played by Aamir, closest friends.\
For the actor, joining the film as his first in Hindi was a logical step, he added.
“I’ve been attempting to make a name for myself in the south all this time. But I was genuinely eager to sell in Hindi. However, I felt insecure because of how poorly I spoke Hindi. I was chosen to play a Telugu youngster in “Laal Singh”.
“They requested that I have a somewhat south Indian flavor in my essence, language, style, and diction. I believe that this shift was ideal since it enabled me to confidently assert that “I would fit in a Hindi film.” I believe I needed this shift “stated Chaitanya.
Advait Chandan, who previously worked with the Telugu star on Majili, directed Laal Singh Chaddha, which actor Atul Kulkarni adapted.
The actor described working on the film with Aamir, who he considers to be one of his heroes, as nothing less than a masterclass.