‘Bangarraju’ a pakka Sankranti film, says Nagarjuna


Hyderabad: There’s a subtle chemistry that Telugu audiences enjoyed watching the late Akkineni Nageswara Rao and his son Nagarjuna during the ’80s and in the films that later followed. Apparently, Nagarjuna is continuing the tradition with his son Naga Chaitanya now. Both stars have shared the son-father bonding in the upcoming film ‘Bangarraju’, which is hitting screens worldwide on Friday.

“The chemistry between Chay and me was a thoughtful process in the script. During the 1980s, the chemistry between me and my father worked out well. And now it’s my turn to repeat it with my son. We had been planning this for more than a year before the pandemic struck us,” shares Nagarjuna.

The difference between ‘Soggade Chinni Nayana’ and ‘Bangarraju’ is that the latter is more appealing with the entry of Chinna Bangarraju, played by Chay. Those who enjoyed ‘Soggade…’ would love watching ‘Bangarraju’, feels the actor.

“The most challenging aspect has always been the script, and how it would live up to the expectations of the fans. We’ve been claiming that it’s a pakka festival film that will lighten up Sankranti mood. And we have to live up to the claim,” says an energetic Nag.

Reminiscing the iconic movie from the Akkineni family, ‘Manam’, the star says, “The film wouldn’t have worked had it been filmed with a different cast without me, Chay and father (late Nageswara Rao). Some makers from Bollywood too felt that it might not have worked with another set of actors.”

A lot has been calculated before making an investment into making ‘Bangarraju’, says King Nag. “The AP State government issued the GO on ticket-pricing in April last year. We sat together and put on paper how much has to be invested into the project to make it attain success at the box office. If the ticket rates are increased from the existing prices, it would be a bonus for us. Even with the current ticket prices, we’re going to safely sail through,” he says.

Commenting on the scenario of Telugu film industry and how it would brace up facing the third wave, the actor says, “The industry has yet come out from the clutches of the pandemic. A lot of producers are getting affected. Actors are frequently being affected with the virus. When we face an unforeseen situation like this in our family, I would tell them that Nannagaru will take care of everything.”


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