April 22, 2010 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
He's roly-poly, plain-hearted, little shaky on the sets but absolutely cute, he can also never tell a lie. He loathes playing roles that are self deprecatory, rejects lines that ridicule the obese and can never forget a help by a colleague or a friend for ever. That's Krishnudu, he has already completed thirty films in a span of three and a half years. The actor's career zoomed with Vinayakudu and reached an all time high with Ye Maaya Chesave and he's currently doing more than four films as the hero, all of them he vouches have a heady mix of sensibility and entertainment.
Talking about Ye Maya Chesave Krishnudu says he bagged the role as Naga Chaitanya's friend courtesy Sanjay, Manjula's husband who knew him since the days of Pokiri. He was introduced to Gautham Menon and Krishnudu gave all the stills he could to the director. Gautham was toying with the idea of giving him the role of a cameraman but after seeing the pictures made him the hero.
He says, "I got scared seeing his big big eyes but Naga Chaitanya calmed me down. Had a tough time for the first few days but later I was on my own, Gautham is a very cool, collected person who wants to okay a shot in the first take itself as he feels he can retain the freshness and spontaneity." The actor laughs when you mention the funny dress he wears and also a crown made up of tiny flowers and leaves. It was the art director's idea, he just draped a huge white piece of cloth around Krishnudu and tied him with a rope giving him a Julius Caesar like look. Another thing he simply enjoyed was his stay in Alleppey and Kerala Curry Meen, a whole fried fish the taste of which still haunts him.
Post YMC, life has been very busy and he was wrapping up the Tamil version of Vinayakudu, Amayakudu, Pappu and Kothimooka. He has recently signed "Play" with Shashank, and Ranadheer of Baanam fame. The movie is to be directed by a debutant and it has Krishnudu playing a role that resembles Raj Kapoor's character. In Pappu he plays a loser and how he eventually wins over the heroine, Deepika Paramar, a Gujarati. Subbaraju plays the second hero.
He is doing a humourous role in Venkatesh's movie Chandramukhi Part II too. Amayakudu is with Ananya the girl who worked in Tamil film Nadodigal. Krishnudu adds, "I love the heroine, my parents find someone else for me. Geeta Singh likes me and there are three heroines..the rest you got to watch it on screen."
But why is he working with AVS who's going through a rough patch in his career? The actor says he had heard the script and it was amazing, the dialogues are simple and sweet, there are no screams, shouts, cacaophony et al. I play an MLA's son who is in love with a beggar's daughter. The next half of the story has me making the beggar into an MLA through my wisdom and virtues. Finally his film a bilingual with Amma Rajashekar is yet to go on sets.
So what does he do in his spare time? Spare time? He questions. Even in the sets he tries to catch his forty winks, the only regret being not able to watch movies first day morning show. On the flip side, God has been very kind to him. He has a kitty full of films, he's bought a two bedroom pad in Manikonda and he's planning to wed soon.