'I'm happy to get career advice from Ram Charan and Jr NTR'
...says child artiste-turned-hero Sri Simha Koduri, who is back on the big screen in a lead role with Mathu Vadhalara, which is set for release on Wednesday
Director SS Rajamouli's cousin and music composer MM Keeravani's youngest son, Sri Simha Koduri, who worked as a child artiste in Yamadonga (2007), has grown up to be a hero now in this Wednesday's release, Mathu Vadhalara. He says that his entry into films was not easy as he never traded on his family’s reputation.
“Even if I had the advantage of having a filmy connection, I knew the need for making a name for myself and understood that getting a break is the hardest part of being in the industry. The moment I completed my graduation, I worked as an assistant director (AD) to Sukumar in Ram Charan-starrer Rangasthalam. This experience helped me understand the filmmaking process. I also trained in acting and did a few workshops to gain confidence and improve my skills,” begins Simha.
The young actor says that he was always interested in movies from childhood. “My desire to become an actor took shape from watching my father (Keeravani) and my babai (Rajamouli) work in the industry. Honestly, there was no resistance from both of them. But babai cautioned me to work hard and be sincere in my job,” he reveals.
Simha is excited about his role in Mathu Vadhalara and says, "I will be seen as a delivery boy, who's a slacker and thinks that his salary is not enough to fulfil his needs. He finds himself in the midst of a problem and how he comes out of it forms the crux of Mathu Vadhalara. The story happens in two days and I believe it’s going to be a thrilling ride.”
The debutant is happy about how things have panned out. “I have been an ardent fan of Jr NTR and I also share a good rapport with Ram Charan. It feels good to get some career advice from them. Also, the inputs of babai helped me a lot,” says Simha.
Have his father and Rajamouli watched the film? “Yes, they liked it and are content with my performance. In fact, babai suggested a few changes and we incorporated them,” shares Simha, who wants to identify himself with realistic cinema.