On his new phase as character artiste & villain: “Three-years-ago, I had told to my cousin that my career as Hero ended. There were times I used to cry for days to act in at least on film. There should be limit for everything, even desire. I have acted in 100 films and I am satisfied with my career till now. Youngster have been taking the lead. This is my new phase and if I start doing roles with good characterization, I can reach peaks. I have done few films just for money in the past and I stopped that now. Now, I’m doing this film for my passion.”
On his role in the Movie: “It will be powerful and stylish. I am ready to change my body-language if director insists. I am very excited about the project”. On remuneration for Balayya’s film: “I haven’t asked for any remuneration. I said them to say one figure and it was made final without any further discussion or bargaining”.
On his off-screen relationship with Balayya: “I can only act in movies, not in real life. Even Balayya too is a straight forward person and I like him as a person. We are good friends once. I’m not saying we are enemies now. We can’t meet often because he is busy with his work and I am busy with mine. We even played celebrity cricket matches in Bangalore once. He was the captain and I’m vice captain even though I don’t knew how to play. I met him on Friendship Day and we remain as friends even Today”.
Reaction of his fans on choosing Negative roles: “We have to do few sacrifices. I knew that few of them will get hurt due to the attachment we share but they have to look it as cinema”.