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    I am proud for taking birth on a great day – Srihari

    Wednesday, August 15, 2007
    Right from the great and late NTR to the latest Venumadhav, every one in the film industry had played petty roles in their film career and earned good name as artistes. Real Star Srihari is one among them, who played several roles like villain, comedian, character artiste and then a hero. He had his own special style. Earlier, Srihari took part in various national and international events in gymnastics and bagged several medals. He was introduced to the Telugu film industry by Darsaka Ratna, Dr Dasari Narayana Rao. He earned a good name as an artiste through his performance in films like, ''Hello Brother'', ''Baavagaru Bagunnara…'' and ''Sivayya''. Later, he turned a hero and gave several successful films like ''Bhadrachalam, Deva, Ganapati, Yevadra Rowdy, Ayodhya Ramaiah, Hanumanthu and Srimahalakshmi.'' Though playing hero, he did not ignore other opportunities and played character artiste roles in films like ''Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Mahanandi and Dhee'' and got appreciation for his performance in those movies. This Real Star had shared his experiences, family matters and other personal details with on the occasion of his birthday on August 15.

    Here are the excerpts:

    My Independence Day wishes to my fans and Indiaglitz viewers. I have completed 21 years as an artiste. In fact, whenever everyone is coming to a conclusion that Srihari is almost out of Telugu film industry, I used to got a super hit. The audiences made me a hit in the character of Shankar Goud in ''Dhee''. I think ''Viyyalavari Kayyalu'' would be a birthday gift for me this year. I am very happy and proud to take birth on August 15. A Happy Independence Day to everyone. I did never fall flat for a flop, nor went sky high for achieving a hit. Though my film might have gone flop, but not me as an artiste. I play each and every role, as if it was my dream role. I watched several and ups and downs right from NTR to Chiranjeevi. But I am sure that the present projects would give

    Have you come to the film industry to become a hero?

    Yes. I came to become a hero. But, I played each of my character, though a small one, with dedication and got laurels. Like that, I improved myself from small characters to the level of a hero.

    In almost all your films there will be a message to the society? Is there any reason behind it?

    Probably because I took birth on Independence Day, I believe, each of my film had some message to the society. Moreover, I don't accept any film which doesn't have a message.

    What is the reason behind the production of Hanumanthu?

    Kanneganti Hanumanthu was a great freedom fighter. His story was remaining in dark and no one is coming forward to show light on it. Hence I personally decided to bring out a film. The film gave me an immense satisfaction. After the release of the film there was proposal to rename Guntur district after Kanneganti Hanumantu. I felt very happy that my film had done justice to the great freedom fighter. I am ready to play in such characters if some one proposes such roles even in future.

    You support the police more in your film? Why?

    If I want to become a hero, I should have some speciality. So, I learnt gymnastics. I got a selection to the Seoul Olympics finals. The government had offered Sub-Inspector post in sports quota. I rejected it and sought a post of Circle Inspector. Later, I offered my job to my colleague. Like that I got an opportunity to become a police. Moreover, Balanagar police station is just by the side of my house and I know well about the police station, their discipline. So police characters would suit me best as I always used to watch their body language.

    There will be a speciality in your dialogue modulation, language and character in each of the film? How was it possible?

    Praan in Hindi, Mohanbabu, Kaikala Satyanarayana in Telugu used to show some novelty, speciality in each of their films. Even if four films were released in a single week, you can find four different Sriharis in those films, provided the director should inject the character well. For example, take a brother's character – You can't notice any similarities in Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Mahanandi, Dhee and the recent Viyyalavari Kayyalu.' I take steps to show correct variation in each of the film.

    Though the commercial viability of films like Hanumanthu and Sri Mahalakshmi are not sure, you produced them on your own. Isn't it risky?

    Whenever an artiste gets a great character, the love towards that character would grow. If I ask someone to produce a film like 'Hanumanthu', they would look at the saleability. That is why I personally produced the film.

    What is most favourable character?

    Each character I played was liked by me very well. 'Sambaiah, Deva, Bhadradhalam, Yevadra Rowdy, Hanumanthu, Mahanandi, Dhee, Vijayaramaraju and Ganapati' there are several hit scenes in each of the films and everyone who watched the film would come to a conclusion that only Srihari could do such character. That is enough. I thank the producers, directors and writers for offering such characters.

    You got a doctorate. How do you feel about it?

    I supported and encouraged two students to become doctors. When I got the doctorate from Malaysia, those two also became doctors and were in front of me with bouquets. As I gave them education and made them doctors, the God also made me a doctor. Everyone should live to win. Everyone will have only one birth and one death. Once again my hearty wishes to everyone for a Happy Independence Day.

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