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An Interview With Gopichand
He entered Tollywood as an heir to a famous film personality. His first film was not commercially successful but he was recognized as a talented hero. Next he became a successful villain. Later, he made a comeback as a hero with Yagnam, and this time he was successful. He is none other than Gopichand, the son of late director T Krishna. His first film was Toli Valapu. With Jayam, Nijam and Varsham he proved himself as a good actor and Tollywood found a new villain in him. These films not only brought him great acclaim but also won him a number of awards. With Yagnam, he proved that he can become a good hero. Currently, he is acting in Andhrudu and Ranam. Gopichand has transformed from a hero to a villain and back to a hero. Here is a special interview with Gopichand.
How did you feel when you started as a hero and became a villain?
Director Teja asked me to do the villain character when he was casting for Jayam. I did not know what to say. I thought that this may create problems for my budding career. I accepted the role as I had complete confidence in the director. If I had not taken that decision, I wouldn't have got this far.
How are you feeling now that you have become a hero again?
I became a hero again with Yagnam. It didn't make any big difference in my life. I liked that the audience appreciated my work and with that inspiration I am doing Andhrudu and Ranam.
What made you think that you will be successful as a hero?
I was 100% confident. To me the most important aspect of any film is the story. Yagnam has proved the same. If there is a strong storyline the film will be a success irrespective of who is the hero. I am accepting only such films. Andhrudu and Ranam are the examples. I am confident that they will boost my career.
Ok. Now you became a hero again. If you get good offers to play a villain, what will be your decision?
I already told you. Character is important. I don't want to get typecast. I want to do all kinds of roles. After Jayam, I was afraid that the audience may not accept me as a villain. But everyone has congratulated me on my performance in the film. I received Nandi award for my role in that film and it made me more confident. People congratulated me on my performance as a hero in Yagnam. I hope that Ranam and Andhrudu will also be successful. Villain characters bring out the acting talents in a person. If the characterization is good, I won't mind playing negative roles.
Are you taking enough care to choose the right kind of roles that suit you?
I donít think I am comfortable with doing lover boy roles. Hence I won't do them. I want to play the roles (action, mass and serious characters) that suit my body language. I would like to do positive roles with negative shade.
Your father late T Krishna produced films with progressive trends. Would you like to follow in his footsteps?
Yes. But before that I have to prove myself as an actor.
Would you like to take up direction in future as an heir to T Krishna
Every son wants to follow his fatherís footsteps. I have to prove myself as an actor first, only then can I think of directing a film.