August 24, 2011 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
The actor is back after two years, is he happy with his work in Dhada? The actor says a tad disappointedly, "Why do people shoot and then chop the scenes off? People should not be deprived of an artiste's performance. I admit that it was a Naga Chaitanya's film and was approached for the supporting role as the director felt I could fit into it perfectly. I found the script good when I heard it but it wasn't the same on the screen. At the end of the day I was wasted; the only redeeming factor was I worked with all the good and friendly people, and the unit."
The handsome and shy actor has a strong Hyderabad connection. His father who hails from Tirupati lived for 35 years and his mother 25 years in Andhra Pradesh before migrating to Chennai. His father was apparently a theatre artiste too and performed innumerable times at Ravindra Bharathi. As soon as he moved to Chennai and finished his high school and college, Sriram was landed with a movie offer. But why did he confine himself only to Tamil movies? Sreeram says as an actor he is not bound to any language but people were in confusion and they thought since he is based in Chennai he wouldn't be doing other language films.
He adds, "Okariki Okaru had opened up a lot of opportunities for me but I became a party to lot of accidents. I was severely injured once with 45% burns and an other time was badly hurt during stunts and all my commitments went haywire. I even lost Mani Ratnam's Yuva in Tamil. Moreover directors always run behind actors who are already established, wonder why they don't see people like me who are ready to perform, ready to be moulded. Good or bad, I've made my decisions and I'm learning. I also feel since I'm a main stream actor in Tamil, Telugu industry is the only place I can experiment with various roles."
Sriram is currently working in Raviteja-Gunasekhar film Nippu. His Tamil-Telugu film Nanban in which he is playing Madhavan's role is a remake of 3 Idiots is also wrapping up. Why would people see the same film that they had watched a zillion times? Sriram doesn't quite agree, he avers that any film directed by Shankar carries some expectation.
He quips, "Whenever there is a good film, people will watch it with a fresh vision. There have been no drastic changes except for the language and the geography. As far as I'm concerned I put on some weight, grew my hair, sported a beard and wore glasses for the matured look. For the past, I groomed myself the way I did when I was in college. I showed him my photos n college later on and Shankar was surprised as he didn't expect much change."