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    ‘Yagnam’ has proved me wrong: Gopichand

    Wednesday, August 04, 2004
    The success of ‘Yagnam; has re-launched Gopichand as a star and he has been flooded with lead roles. But he has just chosen an anger-driven film with young director Murali. "It suits my body language", says the new action hero.

    Gopichand had come back into the limelight with ‘baddie’ roles in ‘Jayam’ and ‘Varsham; after failing to impress as a hero with his debut film ‘Tholi Valapu’.

    The son of late filmmaker T Krishna now wants to do select roles as villain, besides playing the action hero.

    How does it feel to receive lead roles after the big success of ‘Yagnam’?

    I am thrilled because I stepped into the industry to become a hero and my dream has come true with ‘Yagnam’. Besides happiness, it has also bestowed responsibility on me.

    To breathe life into the character of a henchman, I watched movies with similar roles. I was inspired by NTR’s ‘Aathmabanduvu’, where he displays varied emotions like anger and innocence elegantly.

    I should thank producer Baburao for signing me as a hero despite my own apprehensions. He has proved me wrong!

    Do you intend to join the young brigade of action stars?

    That true. y big physique makes me an ideal choice for such roles. I want to pick only angry movies, keeping aside by intention to experiment with other roles for the moment.

    My next film with director Murali of 'Peddababu' fame will be typical ‘actioner’ with a valid plot. I do understand that retaining stardom is like walking on a razor’s edge but I want to move step by step,

    I was thrilled when leading actor Mohan Babu called me up after the success of ‘Yagnam; and warned me to be selective.

    You should have been disappointed when your maiden film (‘Tholi Valapu’) as a hero bombed?

    Yes.. If not for the support of my mother and friends, I would have gone down with depression. They kept encouraging me.

    Then, ‘Jayam’ happened and the audience received me well as a menacing landlord. You would be surprised to know that, after the big success of ‘Jayam; I did receive lead roles but I didn’t do them because the scripts were bad.

    Will you bid goodbye to ‘baddie’ roles?

    Contrary to my expectations. the people have received me well as a hero in ‘Yagnam’. It seems that even the industry recognizes me as star material, so I am getting only lead roles.

    But, I don't mind doing a negative role if it is exciting enough.

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