Nagarjuna’s schedule for 2016 and beyond looks hectic. Besides a sequel to the hit Soggade Chinni Nayana, the actor has also confirmed that he’s playing the role of Hathiram Baba — a famous devotee of Lord Balaji.
Talking about the devotional film first, Nagarjuna says, “The film will start in April or May. We want to shoot in a hill station. Hathiram Baba was a strong devotee of Lord Balaji and the script work is almost complete.”
He adds that he has already registered the title Bagarraju as he is planning to come up with a sequel to Soggade Chinni Nayana. “The character became so popular because of director Kalyan. He will work on the sequel too,” says Nagarjuna.
He adds that Kalyan will also work with his elder son Naga Chaitanya in an upcoming film. “Once Chaitanya completes his present film, Premam, we will start the project with director Kalyan and I will produce it,” says Nagarjuna.
Talking about the success of Soggade Chinni Nayana, he adds, “In terms of the budget, working days and also the number of theatres it released in (400), I can say that this was a very big hit. At this point in my career, when I moved in with new talent, I got this hit and that has given me the confidence to do more,” says Nag.
“If you put Rs 50 crore in a film and if it collects Rs 50 crore, what is there in it? I don’t have that problem as I have always controlled my films’ budgets. That’s the reason I can say that Soggade Chinni Nayana is an extraordinary super hit,” he says.
That’s why he doesn’t believe in numbers too. “Till now, the film is running successfully and I never force anyone to run a film for the sake of records,” he says. “My next release is Oopiri. It’s also a path-breaking film in Telugu cinema,” he adds.