How are you enjoying the success of 'Sasirekha Parinayam'?
I am very happy. I am very happy about working with Krishna Vamsi which was my long cherished dream and Sasirekha Parinayam's release on 1st of January which became a success. Especially, all this happened at the beginning of this New Year during my birthday time. This year has started on a positive note for me, and I am hopeful that 2009 will bring me many more éclat.
How did Krishna Vamsi respond to the success of the film?
Krishna Vamsi gave me a ring on the very first day of release and said, "The results are encouraging and I am very happy Tarun." The next few days we talked a lot about it. On Monday, we were once again curious about the results, because we hear people saying weekdays may cause a drop in the collections. However, the results on the day were even more encouraging. The revenues kept generating, with packed houses. We both were glad hearing the news. Obviously, anyone who had put in lot of effort in their work will surely feel happy when it succeeds.
How was the experience working for the first time with Krishna Vamsi?
Very happy! As I have already said, I was waiting for an opportunity to work with him. Even before entering films, I used to watch his movies. I am a fan. Starting from 'Gulabi' till 'Sasirekha Parinayam', I have watched his every film.
When this film was being planned I was in the U.S. One day, I received a phone call from MadhuMurali and he said, "Krishna Vamsi garu is planning a film with you. What is your opinion?" I said, I am very happy to work with him. When you need me, I will be there. After 10 days or so, I came back to India. It was a dream that came true I was glad to have got the chance with Krishna Vamsi.
What impressed you to sign the film? Is it because you liked the subject or you will have an opportunity to work with KrishnaVamsi.
Cent percent, I signed this film, to work with Krishna Vamsi. That was the main reason. Later, when I heard the story and went to the sets, the point that impressed me a lot about the film is the story line. It is a love story that starts and ends in a span of 4 to 5 days. It's very tough to envisage a love story that happens in a span of 5 days. With in this short period, the director has to show the love, differences, disputes and the break-up between the pair. He should also show their reunion, convincing the two families and finally the marriage. There will be a chance to show such a sequence in a thriller, horror or action film because that kind of genre will have a target and will be done once it is reached, but for a love story it is very difficult. Love takes time and the idea of showcasing it in a few days, did excite me about this project.
Krishna Vamsi movie’s usually have lavish show of colorful frames featuring many artists. Did you face any hurdles while working in such sequences?
Knowing that I have signed a film with Krishna Vamsi, a lot of my well wishers advised me that he is a perfectionist and will torture with work to get the result he wants on screen. But, I never had that problem with him, may be because this is a love story. It had been just fun always. You can clearly see the difference from Krishna Vamsi’s films and others, when you get to watch the performance finally on screen.
As an artist, what did you learn from the director?
There are many things that I have learnt from him.
How far do you think the music has helped this film?
Earlier, I worked for 'Sakhiya' with Mani Sharma. He has earlier worked for 'Murari' with Krishna Vamsi. Both had some beautiful music. Similarly, 'Sasirekha Parinayam' audio has a rare blend of Telugu nativity, with traditional touch, in lyrics. I think we will surely listen to the tracks of 'Sasirekha Parinayam', as we like to listen to the scores of 'Geethanjali' and 'Abhinandana' when they are played on TV or FM.
Which is your favorite song in the movie?
'Ila…entha sepu ninnu chusina' is my favorite song in the movie.
How was it co-starring with Genelia?
This is my first film with Genelia. Actually, we might have worked for five films together by this time. But, the chances got missed, because our dates didn’t fall in place. Another time, we didn’t like the scripts. Anyway, I am happy that finally we joined in 'Sasirekha Parinayam'. She is a wonderful performer. Audience will remember her as Sasirekha as they remembered her as Hasini after 'Bommarillu'. It was a cool experience working with her. I also look forward to work with her in future.
Most of your films show the heroines coming after you to win your heart. Here, for a change you went after her. What is your comment?
In love, someone has to follow the other to woo them. In this movie, the hero follows the heroine and finally makes her to fall for him. That’s all.
You became heavy in the past and now fit again. What happened in between?
Yes. While shooting for 'Adrushtam' I had a ligament tear, because of which I had to be bed ridden for six months. Consequently, I had put on weight. Later, I worked out again to regain my fit looks.
Would you like to work on varied subjects, or stick to your lover boy image on screen?
I am not looking for a particular genre in subjects like love story, comedy, thriller, or action, while signing a film. I accept scripts which suite me better, and those I feel I can perform well.
Who do you think will be affected more by the success or failure of a movie?
Making a movie is team work. The success or failure will be shared by everyone in the crew. However, it will first affect the hero and director, because the aftermath will influence their career. If we look at it in terms of money, obviously, the producer will be the sufferer. As long as you work hard with a dedicated heart, everything will become successful.
Now I am very happy with the success of 'Sasirekha Parinayam' and hope to continue in the same track.
'Adrushtam' is a movie you passionately did with meticulous effort, but it turned out to be a disappointment. Why?
I really liked the script of 'Adrushtam'. We thought it will emerge as a different movie, but did not work out. It is the only film; we expected it to become a hit consciously and it turned out as a miscalculation.
Tell us about your ongoing projects?
I am doing a Raju Hirwani's film. Raj Aditya who directed 'Ishtam' and 'Pourudu' is directing this film. The script is uniquely contrasted from 'Sasirekha Parinayam'. It's a youthful film with a appealing energetic plot. The whole shooting will be done in foreign locales.
Who do you feel is the cutest heroine you worked with and with whom you feel comfortable working with?
I have worked with Sneha, Reecha, Trisha, Shriya, Ileana and Genelia, who are of my age group, and I am comfortable working with all of them. We all are friendly and keep in touch, through phone calls. If given a choice, I would say Genelia is a cute girl amongst those I worked with till now.
Is there a reason for not doing multi-starrers?
There is a specific reason. I just don't like to go for it, because I feel comfortable in projecting solo characters.
What kind of scenes do you do comfortably?
I am more comfortable in doing emotional scenes. I have received applause for such scenes in theatres, and I think it is my major plus point.
How many films are you planning to do this year?
A movie will take about 5 to 6 months to complete. So, in a year I would like to do three movies at the least.