How would do you look back on Sye?
Obviously with a lot of satisfaction. It was a film for which we all worked our hearts out. When hard work and dedication pay off, you are happy. We knew the story to be different and enterprising. But that had to work at the box-office. Fortunately, for us it did.
Whose victory was Sye's?
It was a team effort. Like rugby, we all put our shoulder to the wheels. But having said that, Sye was all along Rajamouli's baby. Rajamouli has a way of telling a story. It is different and stylish. The thing about him is he is never afraid to experiment. And that sure is a sign of confidence.
After Sye, now what?
I am doing Dhairiyam with Teja the man who blooded me into films.
Talking of Teja, tell us about how he brought into films
He brought me out of nowhere. Though I have a filmi connection, my dad is a distributor, but that was about it. When Teja saw me at Nuvvu Nenu screening, he offered me Jeyam straight away. Though I was not serious, he was, and before long I was facing the camera.
How was it working with Teja?
He has a temper and a talented mind to go with it. He doesn't let you go without getting what he wants. He has slapped me, but it was all for the sake of the scene. He is intense and expects your 100 per cent all the time. It was a very good learning experience. He was instrumental in getting me into this field and taught me everything. I am now working with him in Dhairiyam.
What's the film like?
Well, in terms of story it is a typical poor boy-rich girl kind. But Teja's treatment and style is unique. You'll appreciate it when you see it on the screens. The film will hit the theatres January 14th.
How do you take failures?
You have to understand one thing that failure is part of life and more so in a film career. I have done only a handful of films. But I understand the vagaries of the film world. The point is you have to keep trying. We did in Sri Anjaneyam. Krishna Vamsi gave it all he had; pity, it was not enough.
So do you want to experiment?
Yes, I want to. I know that an actor should not stick to a single image. That's too pedestrian. But to experiment one has to become a star. One has to have a huge bank of hits. I have not had that. So I do not want to try out too many things at this stage of my career itself.
Any role models?
Plenty. It will be invidious to single out just one from that pack.