Sushanth gets a dream role in Chi La Sow
The actor is delighted to play a boy-next-door in his upcoming romedy directed by actor Rahul Ravindran
Sushanth started his career in the industry with Kalidasu, but couldn’t capitalise on the start. Grandson of veteran actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao, the actor, who has clocked a decade in the industry, is now looking for a change and is part of the upcoming romcom Chi La Sow (Chiranjeevi Lakshmi Sowbhagyavathi), which marks the directorial debut of actor Rahul Ravindran.
Expressing his growing disinterest in formula films, Sushanth says, “I’m tired of doing age-old commercial potboilers and wanted to work in films that suit my age. So, when Rahul Ravindran narrated Chi La Sow’s script, I readily jumped at the opportunity.”
Unlike his previous films, this film is being bankrolled by a new production house – Siruni Cine Corporation. Asked why he didn’t make this film under his home banner, Sushanth explains, “I wanted to take more risks and try to be independent. Hence, Rahul and I decided to collaborate with a new production house. Fortunately, one of my friends helped us find a producer. After we wrapped up the film, Chay (Naga Chaitanya) saw it, liked the concept and decided to release it through Annapurna Studios.”
The actor tells us that the film’s story is drawn from real-life incidents. He will be seen as a 27-year-old, who is under constant pressure from all corners to get married before he turns 30. “The role brings in a lot of relatability to my persona. I have been waiting to see myself in such stories and play a boy-next-door for some time now. The narration is sans melodrama as we don’t want to manipulate the audience. It’s going to be real which is why I didn’t wear any makeup and performed subtly.”
The best compliment he has got for his performance is that it was so real that it didn’t feel like a performance at all. “After watching the film, my uncle (Nagarjuna) spoke to my mother and was all praise for my choice and casual performance. Casual acting is difficult to pull off and it’s the best compliment that I've got. I’m glad to be a part of this film. Whether you understand Telugu or not, this is kind of film that everyone in the family should watch,” signs off Sushanth, who is also committed to working in a comedy-thriller next.