Ravi Teja: Failures don’t deter me
The actor, who is a strong believer in doing his kind of cinema, is currently awaiting the release of Nela Ticket
Ravi Teja is on a roll, what with two films up his sleeve, besides a film in the pipeline with director Vi Anand. The 50-year-old actor, who has played a variety of roles will next be seen as an orphan in his upcoming Nela Ticket. The actor who has been dubbed 'Mass Maharaja' is confident about the outcome. “We made a sincere attempt and there are many clap-worthy aspects in the story. The trailer showcases the protagonist’s fight for the rights and well-being of senior citizens. The film highlights the instances of children ill-treating and abandoning their elderly parents. I believe it’s the duty of children to take care of their parents in their old age. That's what attracted me to do this film. The story follows the familiar trajectory of a revenge drama, but the execution will be fascinating,” he affirms.
The actor is eager to gauge whether the young generation will warm up to the film. “In the past, there were only touring talkies where we had only three classes – Nela (floor), bench and kurchi (chair). My memories of buying a floor ticket for Rs 1.10 and watching films are still fresh. Those who sit on the floor would savour every frame in the film. The younger generation knows nothing about those things and are clueless about the phrase 'Nela Ticket'. A few days ago, my children asked me its meaning and I shared my past experiences with them. I believe this film has something to offer to all sections.”
His last outing Touch Chesi Chudu failed to create an impact at the box office. But, the actor is undaunted. “Each film will have its own space and is different. Even if you deliver 10 flops, it doesn’t affect your next release. If a film is good, nothing matters and the audience will throng the theatres. I don’t worry about the past and never think of tomorrow. I’m working on my own terms and strongly believe in doing my kind of cinema.”
The Bengal Tiger actor reveals that he draws inspiration by watching a different kind of cinema. “Cinema is my inspiration and my life as well. I watch a lot of foreign language films during my leisure time and feel inspired. I also watch some films recommended by my friends,” he shares.
Recently, director Ram Gopal Varma shared a video from the audio release of Nela Ticket where Power Star Pawan Kalyan was seen playing around with Ravi Teja’s torn jeans. The Sarkar director took a dig at the Gabbar Singh actor for showing interest in the Balupu actor’s thighs.
Unperturbed by the incident, Ravi Teja explains, “I’ve read many tweets and stories about that. As it was a torn jeans, he casually touched the frayed thread and it was totally blown out of proportion. As you know, Pawan Kalyan is a fun-loving person and he is my dearest friend. Such stories don’t bother me.”
Ravi Teja has started working on the Telugu remake of the Tamil film, Theri. He reveals that a lot of smart changes have been made to the original. “About 70 per cent of the Theri script has been tweaked to suit our sensibilities. It’s completely a fresh film with my role having many variations,” he says.