For someone who has an impressive three-decade-long career behind him, Nagarjuna’s excitement at the response his latest release Raju Gari Gadhi 2 has received, is quite amusing. But he has his reasons: “this is the first film after Sam-Chaitu got married, so naturally we were all very excited. And Samantha proved that she’s lucky for us. Raju Gari Gadhi 2 is being received well and is getting a good response — we are elated. In fact, this film’s success has invigorated me. I’m on cloud nine, as is Chaitu. The whole family is in a celebratory mood,” explains Nag, delightedly.
All praise for his daughter-in-law with whom he shared screenspace in the horror comedy, Nag goes on, “She’s a great actor and I’m a big fan of hers. In fact, after Ye Maya Chesave, (her first film with Naga Chaitanya which also marked her debut) I had called her personally and appreciated her acting. She has consistently improved her performance. working with her has been a good experience, both in Manam and now in Interestingly, a lot of praise has also come Nag’s way for attempting a character like Rudra that doesn’t pander to his ‘star’ image as Tollywood’s ‘Manmadhudu’. There are no fight sequences; no songs; why, he doesn’t even have a heroine! Is this the beginning of a new Nag, on screen? “(Laughs) See, Rudra is not a character that comes your way every day. It’s an author-backed role in a content-driven film. I was really excited about playing the role of a mentalist as it’s a subject that has always piqued my interest. I’ve always been interested in the supernatural. In fact, at one point in life I actually tried to practise being a mentalist. But it’s not easy. It needs a lot of focus and concentration. So when Ohmkar approached me with this role, I was like ‘I finally get to be one, at least on screen!'” he quips, adding, “Thankfully, my audience has been supportive. They want me to test new genres, try new characterisations. As an actor too, it keeps me going.”