Varun Tej is ready with the release of his new film Valmiki and has pinned a lot of hopes on it. On this occasion, we caught up with him for a detailed interview. Here is the transcript.
How difficult was it to maintain this whole new look?
Trust me, I love this look as it has no boundaries. Wearing a lungi, having long hair, no makeup and minimal efforts for costumes, it loved this get up and is the best so far in my career. I used to just wake up, comb my hair and get on to the sets.
How did this film materialize?
Initially, Harish Shankar came to me with a romantic comedy. But I told him directly that I do not want to do such a film and am looking at a mass kind of film in his style. So, he told me about Jiharthanda and after a few detailed discussion, we locked the remake.
Did you discuss this project with your family?
Yes, when I decided to do the film, I took the script to Chiranjeevi garu and made him listen to it in detail. He loved my role and encouraged me to do it without any fear. Once his nod came, there was no looking back from thereon.
How fun was it playing Gaddalakonda Ganesh?
I had a ball playing this role which is quite carefree. My slang in the film will be rash and what I liked the most was my role never had any boundaries. There were no rules that I should play my character in a particular manner. With Harish’s inputs, I went all out and gave my best. I hope the audience will really like my new avatar.
Working with Harish Shankar?
I had a great time and learned a lot from him. The way he made the changes to the script and kept the soul intact was superb. He has his own touch to the film and showcased me in a special way. The mass bits that will be showcased in the film will be the highlight of Valmiki.
Pooja Hegde’s role in the film?
A lot of changes were made in the film and the main one was Pooja Hegde’s role. Her character was induced in this film in the second half. The flashback will showcase why my character becomes the bad boy in the film.
What’s the reason behind doing different subjects?
I don’t want to do stereotyped in my career and break the mold. Every film of mine should be different from each other and portray roles and characters which are grey and have something different for me to perform.
Finally, what you have to say about the film?
We loved the film from day one and now it is the audience who should like it. The film has non stop entertainment and will please many who come expecting something new.