Actor Allu Sirish will soon make his Tamil debut in a film starring Suriya and Mohan Lal. Talking about the project, he says, “It’s a very exciting, amazing role. Shooting for the film will begin on July 1 in the UK.”
K.V. Anand, the director of the film, has issued Sirish strict instructions not to reveal any details regarding his role. “Some of my friends showed the director my film Okka Kshanam and he liked it. He called me to talk about the film and he appreciated the amount of research that we had done for it. He then told me about this role in a Tamil film, and that’s how I got it,” the actor says.
He has also signed ABCD, which is a Telugu remake of a Malayalam film. “Dulquer Salmaan did the Malayalam version, and it’s been in my head for the past couple of years. I liked the story and the characterisation of the protagonist, and so I wanted to do it in Telugu. When my producers came to me with another subject that was not very exciting, I suggested to them that we should go for this remake,” Sirish says, adding that they have already bought the rights to the film.
“Though Sanjeev is a debutant director, whenever we sit and discuss the dialogues of the Telugu version of the film, he has a lot of clarity,” he says.
The actor recently attended the Cannes Film Festival, where he met many international filmmakers. “When the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting asked me to represent them at the festival, I agreed. It was a good opportunity for me to meet filmmakers from other countries and find out about their culture,” he says.
“What I came to know is that everyone is fascinated by the Telugu film industry and how big it is. I personally feel that we are producing good films, but we are not doing the right kind of PR. Other film industries, even ones in our country, are promoting their films well,” Sirish says.
The actor adds that though several film festivals are held in India, the Telugu film industry rarely participates in them. “I am proposing a few suggestions to the Telugu Film Chamber and Producers Council, one of which is to appoint people to do the paperwork to promote good Telugu films. Even small films from other regional film industries make news. We are producing very good films, but they are confined to the Telugu film industry only,” he says....