Manasuki Nachindhi will be a big surprise; it has an element of innocence, reveals Sundeep Kishan

Hemanth Kumar

February 16, 2018 15:39:16 IST

After scoring plenty of brownie points for his performance in Maanagaram, 2017 was pretty much a bumpy ride for Sundeep Kishan. None of his Telugu films including Nakshatram, C/O Surya and Project Z, did well at the box-office, even though his career in Tamil cinema seemed to be going steady.

“I shot for nearly 270 days last year and spent the remaining time promoting my films. And it was such a complicated situation for me because although my Tamil films were doing well, I couldn’t enjoy them because I was going nowhere in my home turn,” Sundeep Kishan laughs, adding, “I must confess that I was so exhausted that I didn’t have enough time to think about anything else. I had to take break for four months! Serious cinema gives you a creative high, but then, I think I overdid it a little. That’s when I realised that I’ve to also do what people expect from me - simple, fun films, where I play guy next door. I should have done this a while ago, but better late than never.”

In his upcoming film, Manasuki Nachindhi, Sundeep plays an aspiring photographer, who elopes along with his to-be-bride from their own wedding. Directed by Manjula, Mahesh Babu’s sister, who herself was an actress few years ago, the film stars Sundeep, Amyra Dastur, and Tridha Chaudhary in lead roles.

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Manasuki Nachindhi will be a big surprise for the audience, who have seen me in serious films all these days. I’ve realised that I’m someone who’s driven by films which have a positive social message. The film dabbles with themes like self-realisation and going back to your roots. During our childhood, playing cricket was our definition of fun, but today, kids are hooked more to Netflix. Everything has changed. In a way, Manasuki Nachindhi still has an element of innocence about it. Moreover, it explores the characters who are from an upper-middle class background. Nature also plays an important role, and Mahesh Babu has given a voice-over for that,” Sundeep reveals.

The actor is all praise for Manjula’s perseverance and clarity about what kind of film she wanted to do. Apparently, she waited for almost eight months for popular writer Sai Madhav Burra to come onboard since he was busy with other commitments. And last year, when she pitched the story to Sundeep Kishan, who was busy juggling between Telugu and Tamil films, Manjula stuck to her belief in the actors she had in mind to play the lead roles and the team that she wanted to work with.

“What I really liked about Manjula is that she’s very passionate about the script and it’s very close to her sensibilities. She didn’t want to make her debut with a masala film. She picked up a premise which she understands. When you work with a director who has dug into her experiences in life, it doesn’t feel like a film. She’s kind of inspired by new-age films like Wake Up Sid, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dear Zindagi, and those are the kind of films that she wanted to make as a director,” Sundeep says, adding, “If I have to put our film in a box, then Manasuki Nachindi is set in a similar space like Nuvve Kavali and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na.”

Admittedly, in the past, he had shied away from taking up romantic films because he couldn’t connect with the emotion and pain of love, and it took him a long time to get over that mental block. “It’s hard to make a film that appeals to everyone and love stories are something that have something for everyone. It took me ages to understand the pain in love stories. And every love story has more or less, the same story. But what makes a love story different are the characterizations.”

The actor is excited about the current state of Telugu cinema which has embraced slice-of-life dramas. “The success of films like Pellichoopulu, Arjun Reddy, and Tholiprema is quite heartwarming. The time is right for a film like Manasuki Nachindhi because people have warmed up to films in this genre. This year, I’m going to be little more cautious about what I take up, and try to work with young directors and choose characters that suit my age. And I’ve made up my mind to do two films a year and deliver my best, instead of burning myself out with more work than I can handle,” Sundeep Kishan signs off.

Updated Date: Feb 16, 2018 15:39 PM