This is also a much awaited film where Kollywood superstar Kamalhaasan shares screen space with this Tollywood superstar for the first time. “Kamal and I felt that we would have a wider reach if we worked together. Besides it’s high time we chalked out a new path,” he adds.
Venkatesh says that the ‘re-designed’ role of the police commissioner (played by Anupam Kher in the Bollywood version) would be more “subtle and realistic” and his conflict with the “common man” (played by Kamalhasan in Eenadu) “relevant and unique”. He now wants to “intend to inspire” his peers in Tollywood to do “multistarrers”.
Unlike the original, the remake version will have four songs but “they will be played in the background” and Shruti Hasan’s compositions are “interesting” chips in Venkatesh.
On the low-key publicity for the film, he confesses, “I can say the film is sensible, sensitive and eminently watchable.” He was all praise for debutant director Chakri who’s “cool and gets his job done with ease.”
Does Venkatesh think that this kind of cinema can break the jinx of Telugu cinema drawing a blank at the National Awards? “Eenadu has the potential to bag awards. It’s true that of late, Tollywood has had a dry run at the National Awards, but things will improve with the current crop of young talented filmmakers,” he says. For someone who’s received a string of state awards, the National Awards has eluded him. “It requires a conscious effort and I would definitely give it a shot if I get an ideal script and director,” he says.
With Venkatesh exploring a new genre of filmmaking, we hope others stars in T-town will follow suit, and try to change the face of cliché-ridden Telugu cinema.