Allu Arjun says that there is more scope for performance in commercial films than in India

Allu Arjun says that there is more scope for performance in commercial films than in India. (Photo credit: Twitter / alluarjun)

Allu Arjun says that there is more scope for performance in commercial films than in India. (Photo credit: Twitter / alluarjun)

It is a misconception that potboiler movies do not give actors a platform to explore their talents, says Allu Arjun, who wants to be known as “a star performer” rather than a star.

Arjun, who is mainly working in Telugu cinema, said that his recently released film Pushpa: The Rice gave him the opportunity to try something different.

The 39-year-old actor likes to play in his “strengths” but he does not stick to his comfort zone.

“Pushpa is a film that inspired me to do something different. I wanted to be known as a star performer. That is my goal. People always misunderstand that commercial films have no scope for performance. Instead, they have a huge scope. There is more scope.In parallel cinema, your performance is visual, in commercial films it is dance and action scene.In Pushpa, even if I dance a little, I am still in character, before Pushpa, Rudramadevi (it) was not just a normal film, performance and dance and action was lacking, ”Arjun told PTI. Interview here.

Billed as a pan-India multilingual action-thriller, Pushpa: The Rice is set against the backdrop of a red sandalwood smuggling scandal that erupted between smugglers and police.

Released in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi on December 17, the first part of the film grossed Rs 275 crore in 11 days.

Pushpa: Arjun said that the team was amazed at the excellent response received by Rice, especially in the Hindi-speaking market. After its release, the film grossed Rs 39.95 crore in Hindi.

“After so many days in this epidemic, we’re happy that so many people came to the theaters and enjoyed the movie. We did not expect such a big response, it’s a big surprise for us,” he added.

During his two-decade-long career, he has acted in action films such as Bunny, Arya Series, Desamuduru, Parugu, Ala Vaikunthapuramlo “and Rudramadevi, a biographical action film.

In his latest, Pushpa: The Rice, Arjun plays a red sand smuggler in the Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh.

The actor said that he has given up his ‘megastar image’ to portray this character in the most realistic way.

“I wanted to make this a pan-Indian film because it’s such a theme. It’s a film that is difficult to portray physically and mentally. Unlike my other films, this film has a serious tone. We have never seen such roles in Tamil cinema before, but not here,” he said.

Arjun said he took the class to learn the language spoken in Rayalaseema.

“I usually speak Andhra. Also, for 50 to 70 days we filmed some action sequences in a forest and it was very physically exhausting.”

During his growing up years, the actor believes that he has heard many stories about red sand smuggling and that the subject may have aroused curiosity among the audience about Pushpa.

“We’ve heard of sandalwood since it happened in Andhra Pradesh. It’s not a foreign subject to us, but it’s an interesting background to other languages. We used to do banking on its own. Hopefully.

The film also stars Fahad Fazil, Rashmika Mandana, Dhanunjay, Rao Ramesh and Ajay Ghosh.

Fazil, who is making his Telugu debut in this film, will play the role of Inspector Bhanwar Singh Shekhawat in Pushpa: The Rise.

Arjun said that working with Fazil was a great experience.

“I have seen two of his films. He is a good actor. He justified the character of Pushpa. He is a very hard working and sincere actor. That is what brought him to where he is today. I respect his work. It is a great pleasure to work with him.”

Marks Arjun’s reunion with director Sukumar – both released two blockbusters 2004 Arya and its sequel Arya 2 (2009).

The second part of Pushpa: The Rule, produced by Maithri Movie Makers in association with Muttamsetti Media, will hit theaters in March.

“While the first part is working, there are high expectations from the second part. It will be challenging. We are now well prepared for the shooting of the film,” Arjun added.

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