Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"I Loves to make People Laugh" says this top actor

Ravi Teja make People laugh
His name has become synonymous with BO success. Tollywood's hit machine who makes more movies than any other star, Ravi Teja seemed to be on a high when Hyderabad Times met him at the Radio Mirchi studio recently. Of all the releases this Sankranti, Ravi's 'Mirapakay' is doing exceptionally well at the box office. Despite competition from "Paramaveera Chakra" and the socio-fantasy film "Anaganaga Oo Dheerudu", " Mirapakay" grabbed bigger eyeballs.

A confident Ravi says he's "happy" the film's doing "so well. The audience will watch a film if it is good, no matter how many films release at the same time. There were four releases for Sankranti and this one turned out to be the most successful. I never planned consciously to release my film during this period, it was just coincidence. However, I am overwhelmed with the BO response," he says with a glint in his eyes.

Ravi's films are replete with his trademark comedy. The actor admits that his comic timing draws crowds and that 'entertainment' is his first priority. "I like people to laugh and enjoy themselves when they come to watch me in theatres. There is so much drama and pain in everyone's lives. I don't like to recreate them in my movies. My films are for those who want to forget their troubles and relax for two and a half hours. Entertainment is my priority. I don't like tragic films. I believe in making people laugh when they watch my films," he claims.

Though he has done a few thought provoking films like " Shambho Siva Shambo" and " Naa Autograph Sweet Memories" before, of late he has been typecast as an action and comedy hero. The actor opines that though he likes to do scripts that merit critical acclaim, it is not commercially viable.

"I would like to do movies that can win critical acclaim but audience won't watch. People want entertainment. If we make 'different' cinema, the results will also be different. Going by history, such films didn't do well at the box office. There are only a few who like to watch such critically acclaimed movies. So, films can't really be made keeping only them in mind. The only exceptions have been musical entertainers with some action that have been hits. Simply putting, seriuos films get awards but not money," he says.

"The trick is to try and blend both. For instance in "Vikramarkudu", I play a serious character and a comic one and both complement each other. However, not every script can accomodate both serious and comic characters. It is rare," Ravi adds.

The actor's comic timing is earning rave reviews and his movies don't need comedians as he makes up for them. Ravi reveals that he watches films of Rajinikanth, Chiranjeevi, Mohanlal, Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda for inspiration.

Ravi defends his 'comic' action and declares that making people laugh is one of the toughest things. "Most of my emotions are picked up from observing people in real life. Besides, I am an avid follower of Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda, Rajinikanth, Chiranjeevi and Mohanlal. All of them are masters in blending comedy with action. Their comic timing is splendid and each of them is an absolute entertainer," he says.

Ravi does over three films a year and currently has "Veera", a film directed by Ramesh Varma, and another untitled film in his kitty.

Despite his superstar status, Ravi maintains a very low profile outside the industry. He is never seen at social dos or partying with the city's who's who. "I love to keep a low profile in my personal life. I eat, breathe and live cinema. I don't know anything beyond show business. This is my world and I would like to confine myself to it," Ravi declares.

On a parting note he says, "I don't have future plans and ambitions in life. I love to work round the year. I don't have a fixed rule that I should do these many movies in a year. I would like to remain an actor and keep working in films until I die."

Courtesy: TOI

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