Age is just a number for Ravi Teja
The actor, whose Touch Chesi Chudu is set to hit the screens this week, talks to us about his upcoming film, working with debutant director Vikram Sirikonda, and his distaste for taking risks
Ravi Teja shoots down reports that his upcoming cop drama Touch Chesi Chudu bears similarities to his previous film Vikramarkudu. “It’s unfair to compare both these films. You will see me as a tough and dutiful cop, and the role is laced with more wit, sarcasm and humour than my previous cop dramas,” says the actor.
The film marks the debut of Vikram Sirikonda as the director. “I have known Vikram from Mirapakaya days. He assisted VV Vinayak and eventually graduated to screenplay writer and was associated with many films including Race Gurram. Working with him was a delight and I enjoyed every day of the shooting,” Teja says.
The fast-talking actor wants to continue working on commercial films and is unwilling to take risks with scripts owing to his past experiences. “I did a lot of experimental films like Ee Abbayi Chala Manchodu, Autograph, Shambo Shiva Shambo and Neninthe which didn’t fare well at the box office. So now, I don’t want to experiment with my films and have been selecting scripts with universal themes. Entertainment has always been my forte and my priority,” says Ravi Teja, who believes every director has a distinct thought process. “You'll find a sea of difference between Puri (Jagannath), Anil (Ravipudi) and Vicky (Vikram Sirikonda) when it comes to writing comic sequences. The directors should come up with entertaining stories and ensure that all the characters are filled with humour. We are also seeing a drastic change in the audience’s tastes. Of late, I have been going through different scripts and I may attempt something new soon.”
The Balupu actor, who recently turned 50, says that age does not bother him as it's just a number to him. “It doesn’t stop me from doing anything. I always believe in talent.”
Also starring Raashi Khanna and Seerat Kapoor, Touch Chesi Chudu is set for release this Friday.