May 11, 2010 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
Talking to Sundeep Kishan is an arduous job, unless you are attentive you wouldn't understand half of what he's conveying. There are no commas, full stops in his lines. Just not real life, on screen too he did a ditto but the only difference is he had the audience lapping up his rapidly paced dialogues. Unimaginable but true, a non-serious looking, yuppie and chatty character is suddenly the object of attention in the Telugu film industry for his politically ambitious, villainous role as Sai Kumar's son in Prasthanam.
"My mom says the same thing and she's forever asking me to speak slowly, but I guess I have evolved a style of my own," giggles the actor who's basking under the glory and success of his film. Sundeep Kishan had lived all his life in Chennai and it's been just two years since he moved to Hyderabad to make a living out of movies. His father a business man and mother who works for All India Radio had been very supportive when he announced that he wanted to work with Gautham Menon as his assistant. So Sundeep worked with the director for Surya s/o Krishnan for a year before he took up Sneha Geetham. The film apparently was supposed to release on his birthday i.e., May 7th but has been postponed.
"I've no complaints that Prasthanam released first, infact I'm thankful," he says and adds that it will be easy for people to like him as he's playing a boy next door, a very affable character.
Not many know that he's cinematographer Chota K. Naidu's nephew. "My maama was very happy for me, the day Prasthanam released he was deluged with phone calls with the industry guys pitching in support and generous words for my performance. He was a great emotional anchor, and he's someone I always looked upto."
Sundeep has worked in a Hindi movie Shor produced by Ekta Kapoor. That's due for release in August. It has him, Tusshar Kapoor and Senthil Ramamurthy (of It's A Wonderful Afterlife fame) playing the lead roles the story is touted to be on the lines of Yuva. The filmmakers of Shor saw the rushes of Prasthanam and called him for the audition and that's how he bagged the role. There is a Tamil and Telugu (bilingual) Twenty Twenty on the anvil being produced by Thyagarajan of Satya Jyothi Films and that will be directed by Chetan.
So what does he do in his spare time? "I've suddenly become conscious of my health. I eat only subway grub and greens and I don't drink or smoke. No girl friends for me either. So if I hear some good music, I can't stop dancing," says Sundeep. He's not averse to playing a villain but is perturbed by the terminology. "I wish they called me a negative lead, I'm not a villain in the film. If people have loved my role, I would take it as a challenge and do something else very well with the same intensity.”