Apparently, NTR Jr chose to essay a dual role in Adhurs to satisfy himself and his fans. “I received good response for my performance, but my fans like seeing me in larger-than-life roles. So, I’d like to cater to my fans since I have enough time to explore other roles,” he says. But there is a dearth of star-centric plots? “There are enough plots but directors should take risks,” he adds. Allu Arjun admits that his mass-centric role in Vedham is different from his previous outings. “This role satiated the actor in me since it’s different from the heroic roles that I’ve portrayed so far,” he says.
Seasoned star Nagarjuna who received acclaim for his performance in award winning films like Annamayya and Sri Ramadasu, prefers to take the beaten path. “No doubt, I have done some performance oriented roles and I enjoyed portraying them, however, I would like to remain a star than an actor,” he says, emphatically. Taking the middle path, his contemporary Venkatesh likes to strike a balance. “I always try to do a mix since I dislike repeating myself. For every star-driven film like Laxmi and Tulasi, I had meaty roles in Aadavari Matalaku and Eenadu. For me only a good role counts,” he reasons. Even Gen Zstars seem to be in a mood to showcase their acting abilities. Ram Charan Tej is essaying a boy-next-door role in Orange after playing a warrior in Maghadeera, he says “I like to return to the audience with something refreshing every time” and even Naga Chaitanya holds the same view. “My next role would be completely different from Josh and Ye Maaye Chesave,” he says.
E n t re p re n e u rturned-actor Rana chose to begin his innings as an actor than star and grabbed audience attention with an impeccable performance in Leader instead of a routine debut role. “A star son has to follow a set image but the son of a filmmaker like me has the freedom to chalk out his own path and experiment a bit,” he says.
With new generation stars looking for meaty roles, it looks like Tollywood is heading for new age cinema that boasts of realistic and down-to-earth roles.