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    Variety is my game: Rajendra Prasad

    Monday, July 19, 2004
    Does comedy pay?

    Don''t know, but you can check it out with the unpretentious Rajendra Prasad who is laughing all the way to the bank.

    The actor, who has carved a niche for himself as a comedy actor, is certainly in demand these days. After the success of Andaru Dongalle, Rajendra Prasad is said to be charging around Rs.40 lakh per film. Not bad for an actor who a few years ago had to take a sabbatical just to get over his string of failures.

    So what happened in the interregnum and how Rajendra Prasad re-invented himself? It is a simple tale with a strong message for every one of us. Listen to what the actor himself has to say in this interview:

    You are in the industry for well over two decades. How is the challenge of working with youngsters?

    It has been good fun and a good experience. They (the young heroes) have their position and I have mine. Each has his own constituency. Nobody can push me aside. My kind of films is different.

    Can you elaborate…

    It is quite obvious. What I mean is that today’s films lay lot of emphasis on glamour and associated emotions. How long can this sustain? What comes next after lust? Isn't that the reality of life? Well you see, that’s where my kind of films come in. My films are basically simple-minded fun and humor.

    You took a break for some time a few years back. How did it help?

    It really helped to re-focus. It helped me to readjust my goal posts. I came back recharged with more energy. When I went out, I took stock of my career. If I had continued without the break, I think I would have by now totally exhausted myself. I now know my priorities. More importantly, I also understand my age and am in a better position to appreciate it. Age is very important in the entertainment industry. Isn't? One must learn to play one’s age.

    What do you mean by that?

    Now I am careful about the kind of roles that I do. I know I cannot do all the stuff that I did ten years ago. My roles are slightly middle-aged. Actors cannot go on for over running around the trees.

    What kind of roles are you concentrating on?

    Variety. That is what I am looking at. You can see any recent film of mine. I did a father-in-law’s role in Maa Alludu Very Guddu. Sri Ramachandrulu is about the sacred bond of marriage. Oka Pellam Muddu Rendo Pellam Vaddu was all about a married man with a kid facing problems as a girl enters his life. Andaru Dongale was a mature character more suited to my age.

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