March 27, 2011 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
It's been exactly a year since Sunil began chiseling his body with a strict diet and a disciplined fitness regimen. He's been treating his body like a temple and is now going a step further by working on a six pack. This obsession, sudden fetish to look slim is for a particular scene in the climax of Napoleon in which he is required to take his shirt off. "Oorne chokka vippi fight chesthe believability undadhu kadhandi, andhuke..," he attempts to justify his act thinking it would be misunderstood by many.
He talks on the importance of eating fresh food and fruits at regular intervals and like a professional dietician says that there is no secret mantra for good health, all one needs to do is avoid processed food and fat and think positive as it reflects on the visage. He gives entire credit to his trainer Khalil who kept pushing him to the limits whenever he felt tired or lazy. "Khalil would say that he was digging a well and if I filled it with mud we would never be able to reach the goal, and those words would act like tonic," adds Sunil.
He had started loving himself, his physique ever since the results began to show and has resolved never to abuse it by adding extra calories unnecessarily.
Sunil slogged for KSD Appalaraju, right from the time the film was announced he began his homework, he spent a lot of time on rehearsels, dances and did everything he could to ensure perfection. The movie in every sense was a disaster and to make matters worse Sunil did a cameo in Dongala Mutha by the same director which was ripped by aam junta and the critics.
Did the negative feedback and the near empty box-office figures dampen his spirit? Not really, the actor opines he has no other option but to put the failure behind and move ahead with hope. He likes director Ram Gopal Varma and it was his dream come true to work in his film. Also Varma picturised the movie as he narrated to Sunil but the result went awry. "Idea work out ayivunte tappulu anni cover ayyedhi," he adds.
In Dongala Mutha he hardly speaks a dialogue, all he does is stand behind his boss dressed in black with a weapon. He requested Varma to take him in the film atleast for one scene as he wanted to be a part of a film that was being made in five days with a Canon 5d camera.
Why isn't he on Twitter? Sunil did try but he couldn't handle it and felt very uncomfortable and deactivated his account. There were people too many of them praising him and he felt that the high was temporary and he should be able to handle criticism equally when things don't work well. Doing films, entertaining people is far better than having direct access he opines.
He loved the hero's character, his honesty in Tanu Weds Manu and has immediately agreed to do the remake. He confesses he can do any kind of role but that of a regular romantic hero. He thinks he is a basically shy person and can never look into a woman's eyes and cootchie coo. On the personal front Sunil is a content man, when there is no shoot he is off to play with his few months old son, currently he is on a lookout for a nice name for him!