Telegu actor Sudheer Babu, who is making his debut in the Hindi film industry with Sabbir Khan's Baaghi, was happy as a popular actor in the Telugu film industry and had never dreamt of venturing into Bollywood.
In fact, he was apprehensive about the film, and had made-up his mind to decline the offer. Until he heard the whole script.
“I couldn't believe that such a big production house would come to me and I didn’t believe they would give me a role with a scope of performance. I was expecting a small scene, and a small fight with Tiger. Honestly, I have a lot of work in the Telugu film industry. But once I heard the script of Baaghi, I found it very interesting,” Babu told Firstpost in an interview.
The actor, who plays the villain in the film, further reveals that he now has two-film contract with filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala, who produced Baaghi.
Being a popular hero, how much did Babu have to convince himself to debut with a negative role in Bollywood? "I want to be recognised as a very good actor. Being a hero or a villain doesn’t matter for me. For this film, if they had given me a choice, I would have chosen to do the villain’s role. Even in my Telugu debut, I played a small role of a villain. From there on, I got lead role offers,” said Babu.
He admits that now it’s difficult for him to play a villain’s role in Telugu films.
“In Andhra Pradesh, people worship heroes. They put their pictures right next to God and worship them. So to make the audiences accept me in a negative role is tougher," he said.
Working in both the industries simultaneously will be a bigger challenge for Babu.
“I am doing only two to three films in a year over there. I will see if I can shoot in both the places simultaneously,” he admitted.
Babu is the brother-in-law of Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu. Being related to such a big superstar, he too had his share of difficulties.
“People had a negative mind-set before my first film released. But once you prove yourself, you grow really fast. Star kids, like Chiranjeevi’s son or any one else for that matter, have certain advantages. They would come with a set fan following,” he said.
We asked him if he thinks Baaghi will do equally well in the south, and he said, “Baaghi is a Hollywood film with Indian emotions. Bollywood films have emotions, songs and dances but the stunts are not at par with Hollywood. So Baaghi will work everywhere as it has everything in it.”