This year is going to be a good one for actor Sundeep Kishan as his earlier film Maanagaram was a good hit in Tamil, followed by the multi starrer Samanathakamani. Now, his film Nakshatram, directed by Krishna Vamsi, is all set to release this Friday. Meanwhile, the actor is also working on a couple of other good projects.
“It all started with Krishna Vamsi sir’s Nakshatram and then I got all the other projects,” reveals Sundeep, adding, “This is definitely a special film for me.”
The actor, who started his career with films like Prasthanam and Sneha Geetham says, “I never really had a conventional launch, so I had to work my way up doing whatever I could. Nakshtram is a big film for me as I am working with a director like Krishna Vamsi sir, who is also one of my favourites,” says Sundeep Kishan, adding that he is playing the role of Rama Rao, an aspiring cop, and that it is very close to his heart. “It is an important role and I worked very hard for it,” he says.
The actor confesses that he did a lot of preparation to get into the skin of his character. “I sat for three to four days at the Madhapur police station to observe the cop’s body language and attitude. I observed how they sit and speak with people,” he shares.
The actor also spent time with people at the locality where they were shooting. “We shot the film at a colony near Tarnaka and I spent a few days with them to observe their lifestyle. I also interacted with Vamsi sir before the shoot. He told me the entire back story of the character so that I could understand it better,” says the actor.
Sundeep admits that like many others, he always wanted to work with Krishna Vamsi. “I have been watching his films from my school days and after I entered the industry, it was my wish to work with him. When he called me after Prasthanam to appreciate my work in it, I told him about my wish to work with him and he kept me in mind. Soon after Venkatadri Express, he called and told me about this story,” recalls the actor about the project.
Talking about his career, Sundeep says, “Working with Krishna Vamsi itself is a high in my career. It is a very interesting space now as I am working with new directors and different subjects.” The actor reveals that he is working on a bilingual each with directors Suseendran and Kunal Kohli, and yet another project with Manjula (Mahesh Babu’s sister).
Interestingly, Sundeep has been paired with Regina Cassandra in four films, including Nakshatram. “It’s completely the director’s selection and I am glad that I could work with her repeatedly. She is like my family and I always felt comfortable working with her. She is a very important person in my career as we have both done good films so far,” says the actor.
Talking about the song that they shot on an elephant, Sundeep says that he trained for two days for it. “It was shot in Thailand and the director wanted to initially put snakes into the frame, but when I told him that I was scared of snakes, he changed it to an elephant! Before the shoot, I trained with the elephant to learn basic things like how to climb and how to sit,” reveals the actor....