April 08, 2012 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
Anyone who's seen Ashta Chamma will know that this hero's style of comedy is slightly inhibited, relaxed yet intelligent. It gels with his personality too. The tall and reclusive Srinivas Avasarala has other intentions, he wants to direct some day but as of now he will be soon making his debut as a story writer for a rom-com this year.
Is it true he's working in the sequel of A film By Aravind? "Yes, but it cannot be called the sequel as the producer for this film is different and they will have issues over the title so it is Aravind 2. I'm also working in a Varun Sandesh starrer Chammak Challo being directed by Neelakanta. Pilla Zamindar has been my last film.
Last year I had written a script and that might get started..though it isn't yet official as to who will be directing it, but yes I have a lot of trust in Indraganati Mohana Krishna and my script will be safe in his hands. Infact I had told him many times that I would love to be a part of his cinema; His Ashta Chamma's script was fabulous, it was a comedy and that was a purpose."
Srinivas avers that there has been a couple of times he's signed films blindly and later realised that the content or the lines were something he didn't entirely agree with and henceforth he will do roles that will not embarrass him.
He had worked in director Vamsi's film and he terms him as a finest filmmaker that we have in Telugu cinema but is the actor happy with the slow and steady way his career is moving? He quips, "I'm not making a killing but I'm making a decent living, I'm comfortable. There are some kind of films I want to be a part of like I said that I too have some scripts and am going through a logical process to see it happen."
The actor generally never shows his feelings but ask him to talk about a role in a particular film he gets very analytical and talks sensibly. Is there a risk of being typecast? "Not really, acting is a different form of art. No two filmmakers are alike. People said they didn't expect me do a different kind of role in Pilla Zamindar, the response was quite good and I thought it was a good step.
I was offered many films earlier that has adult comedy as the base and I would keep asking myself that is this what I really want to do? Even though my work here is small I want to be known for working and acting in sensible films that will not have a single line which will put me or others in an embarrassing position."