November 23, 2011 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
"This is my only bad habit and the biggest personal dissapointment in my life. I've promised myself that I will kick this one before the new year begins and even before the year ends because I've heard resolutions made on 31st December and 1st January and seldom kept," says actor Sunil as he takes one last puff before making himself comfortable for a tete-a-tete.
Dressed in flowery prints, with one side of the shirt tucked in and the other falling over his trouser, a huge pendant of Christ dangling on his neck he looks every inch a Poola Rangadu. He is shooting at Kokapet and refuses to pose for the camera; He doesn't want a particular appearance to be out in the media as that will strip the excitement out of his role and look.
Is that the reason why he is not attending many events and gatherings in the industry? He gives an elaborate and a satisfying explanation, "The tight schedules don't give me time to socialise as I'm tired and hit the sack as soon as I reach home.
When I do make time and attend, people force me to eat. Warding of temptation is difficult. It's okay to feed 100 people who are hungry but not those who are full. My tummy is full, if I take an extra morsel, I'll have to carry it life long. People will misunderstand if I tell all this. Even at audio release functions of my films, I don't make an effort to be all over the camera."
Ever since he switched over to being a hero from a comedian, Sunil has been putting a lot of hard work. Katha, Screenplay, Darsakatvam Appalaraju was a case in point. The actor concurs, "I feel if I don't put in extra effort I won't succeed so I always give more than required. I cross the limit, konchem over ga chestaa..and that works for my bad habit i.e., smoking as well.
I lost my father when I was young, I realised very early what responsibility means and since I had no backing I had to push myself in every aspect to be noticed and achieve success. Earlier Trivikram Srinivas, my friend would motivate me, but now I keep telling myself not to lose focus every minute."
Sunil's diary for the next year is full. It begins with Chinni Krishna's movie, there is a remake of Tanu Weds Manu, Hari Krishna who works for Sukumar in his story department will be handling one project and there is one with Vamsi but what is he offering in Poola Rangadu?
He explains, "Poolarangadu is a village guy who never compromises on his style and looks even if he is in penury. He will have no qualms taking loans to look stylish and presents a separate, pompous look. Despite having one pair of clothes, he will iron it, wear and walk like a king.
Minor Babu is someone who has lots of money but Poolarangadu will have no money but will give a 'build up'. People liked my dances in Andala Ramudu, here I'm working towards giving people a different feeling, that element of shock in the climax. People should say that wasn't Sunil."
How does he de-stress after a hard day's work? Sunil has two kids the oldest is Kundana, she is six year old and the younger one is Dushyant Verma who is one year old. Spending time with them gives him immense happiness.
He adds, "Like all fathers, I dote on my daughter. She is everything to me. If she watches anyone beat me on the screen she can't tolerate it. The last time she banged the television while watching the fight sequence in Maryada Ramanna."