‘A Lot of Grey Areas In My Personality’ – Arjun Reddy
Actor Vijay Deverakona, aka the sensational Arjun Reddy, says he never knew that the film would be received so well both commercially and critically.
If you’ve watched the latest sensational film, Arjun Reddy, you would wonder where the lead actor, Vijay Deverakonda, has been hiding all this while. He is one of the most remarkable performances seen in Telugu Cinema in recent times.
But 28-year-old Vijay never imagined that his work in the action-drama would see so many hats being taken off. “To be honest, my director Sandeep Vanga and I knew we were doing something special — I won’t lie about that — but how special, we never actor through was real. So yes, we expected a reaction. We knew the film would connect deeply with young people and also for people who have been wounded in love,” says the actor.
“Portraying a grey character was not difficult. We all have them. I’d come home in a foul mood. My father would understand and what I was going through, But my mother would wonder if I was going through some kind of an emotional meltdown.”
KISSING, NO BIG DEAL
Vijay has in a steady relationship for some time now. But it wasn’t easy convincing his girlfriend about the shared intimacy with actress Shalini Pandey in the film. “She was specially not okay with the kiss. She was like ‘I am not watching this’. It isn’t her fault. It’s the way we have been trained to perceive intimacy on screen. We still make a big hoo-hah about kissing in our films. My point in doing it was…. if it is a natural way of showing affection why should I flinch away from it? Why should the kiss be such a big deal?” questions Vijay, who is currently shooting for his next project, Mahanti.
Another much talked-about scene in the Arjun Reddy was the one where Vijay wets his pants in his sleep. Clearing his throat, the actor reveals, “We planned to do it authentically. I was supposed to wet my pants as per plan. But then for the retake, we’d have to wait for ten minutes while I drank water, waited some more, etc. We couldn’t afford that delay. So we went with a pipe inserted in my trousers.”
A BRAVE-HEARTED FILM
Apart from unabashedly using raw emotions from people’s lives, Arjun Reddy is also not afraid to cannibalize real feelings. “That’s what grabbed my attention when Sandeep came to me. When I heard what my character feels and experience, I felt it was something that I had already experienced before. It was too close to home for comfort. Arjun Reddy’s fits of rage, his ill-tempered responses towards the girl he loves… I think we all have these dark areas in our personality,” says the young actor about his character in the film.
Interestingly, not many productions producers were willing to enter an unknown and mysterious territory — one where no actor or filmmaker has gone, not in Telugu cinema for sure! “Only the director’s brother believed in the script. And he agreed to produce the film. He put his money where his faith was. Only one’s family can do that,” say Vijay with a laugh.