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Nani on the ‘V’ of director Mohana Krishna Indraganti: I play a unique role and have a unique release


Actor Nani opens up on enjoying the antagonist in motion thriller ‘V’, which is able to quickly stream digitally, and plans to renew capturing for his subsequent undertaking, ‘Tuck Jagadish’

“We’ve got opened the floodgates, extra mainstream movies are more likely to stream straight on digital platforms,” says actor Nani, after we start speaking about his new Telugu movie V, directed by his mentor Mohana Krishna Indraganti. The motion thriller starring Nani, Sudheer Babu, Aditi Rao Hydari and Nivetha Thomas will stream on Amazon Prime from September 5.

V was to all set to court docket theatres on Ugadi, March 25, when the pandemic compelled a change in plans. Six months later, Nani is wanting ahead to a special pre-release state of affairs: “The theatre expertise is what I work for. You all understand how a lot I like the primary day, first present expertise at Prasads (multiplex in Hyderabad). However we’re in an uncommon scenario and the uncertainty continues. The movie was accomplished way back and we are able to’t wait endlessly. We mentioned and eventually agreed that somebody has to make a starting — to carry an enormous, mainstream Telugu movie on to an OTT platform.”

Final week, the makers of Suriya starrer Tamil movie Soorarai Pottru directed by Sudha Kongara (Aakasam Nee Haddu Ra in Telugu) additionally introduced an OTT launch.

Mentor and protégé

  • Nani and Indraganti share a rapport that goes past protégé and mentor, says the actor. When Gentleman was provided to him, Indraganti was clear that Nani ought to decide it up provided that he favored the story, not as a result of he feels indebted to work with the director who gave him the primary break.
  • The mutual respect continues: “When he involves narrate a narrative to me, I all the time hope that I’ll prefer it, as a result of I like working with him. He’s nicely learn, a terrific author and his enthusiasm is infectious. I cherish the conversations on set. With this movie, he, and cinematographer P G Vinda have outdone themselves. After V, folks will count on much more from our mixture,” says Nani.

Second probability

Nani is assured that when theatres re-open, there shall be a window to display screen V: “At totally different levels of filming, dubbing and re-recording, we’d think about how the viewers would collectively react to a scenario in theatres. I’m certain those that love V will watch it once more for the theatre expertise. For now, I shall be glad to trace the feedback on-line from midnight when it begins streaming. I’ve a singular position and the movie will get a singular launch.”

V is his 25th movie, he performs the antagonist and it’s his third with Indraganti after Ashta Chamma (2008) and Gentleman (2016): “The crew and my followers have been sort to rejoice it as my 25th. I used to be very intrigued when the story was narrated to me. I play a personality that’s scary and eerie, however you may find yourself rooting for him,” says the actor.

The teaser hints at cat and mouse video games between Sudheer’s and Nani’s characters. Duels involving thoughts video games should be sharply written and executed to seize the eye of viewers, extra so at a time when worldwide content material is being consumed greater than ever earlier than. Having watched V a few days in the past with the director, Nani agrees, “In actual fact, we have been discussing this; extra than simply sensible twists and turns, viewers will join with the feelings in V. We haven’t had movies on this style in Telugu, however even when we had tried to do one thing on the strains of an acclaimed worldwide movie like Se7en for example, we wouldn’t have been in a position to match up. However when a movie is powerful on feelings, it can stand out.”

The antagonist?

Taking part in the dangerous man, a killer on the unfastened because the teaser suggests, the character has been a detour from the endearing good man roles Nani has essayed in recent times: “Numerous thought went into shaping a personality who kills folks, has a bizarre giggle and remains to be likeable at some stage. V just isn’t a bang-bang motion movie. There are conversations that make you assume…” Speaking of unfavourable roles, Nani reveals his admiration for Joker, and the gray shades portrayed by Chiranjeevi and Mohan Babu amongst his favourites.

Nani and Sudheer Babu in a still from ‘V’

V was additionally a bodily difficult movie for Nani, after Jersey which required him to coach extensively in cricket: “It was an thrilling and tiring movie. I’ve all the time labored out, however haven’t executed something excessive. Sudheer, after all, sports activities six-pack abs. We did motion sequences in several situations in several areas. I loved doing them.”

The six-month break from the movie units gave Nani time to decelerate from his hectic tempo of labor (three or 4 movies every year). He smiles when he talks about spending the lockdown together with his three-year-old son Arjun: “I used to be capturing for Tuck Jagadish (directed by Shiva Nirvani) earlier than the lockdown. After I return house after a 10 or 15-day out of doors schedule, I might discover one thing new that Junnu (Arjun) does and missed watching him develop. We bonded so nicely throughout these months that even when I step out for a couple of hours now, he calls for to know when I’ll return.”

Again to shoot

The time away from units has additionally helped Nani consider contemporary concepts, write and focus on them with family and friends, like he used to when he was an assistant director.

Come October, plans are on to renew capturing for Tuck Jagadish and work in direction of an early 2021 theatrical launch. Plans are additionally on to supply an online sequence. Will Nani act in a sequence? “I by no means thought my movie would have a direct OTT launch. So who is aware of? However I’m a cinema man and luxuriate in engaged on a movie slightly than a 10 or 20-episode sequence,” he says.

In direction of the top, I ask what V stands for and he laughs, “The fifth scene within the movie will reveal the reply.”

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