Vijay Deverakonda; with Samantha in a scene from ‘Kushi’ | Image source: Special arrangement
Usually, almost to be expected, one will find celebrities taking a few minutes to soak up the atmosphere in a room full of eager journalists. Not Vijay Deverakonda. His confidence in the face of a room full of non-Telugu journalists, especially after a setback like Liger, very admirable. So when someone asks if he’s been bullied into calling himself a feminist – alluding to the dialogue in his upcoming movie trailer Kushi, means, “Although people may have their own opinion of me, I’m a feminist at heart!” – he is not afraid to talk about a topic that has attracted quite a bit of criticism, posting his article in Arjun Reddy.
“No one can bully me,” he replied. “At the script level, the situation required the character to do so but director Shiva used it to describe what happened after-Arjun Reddy. I played along.”
Therefore do Does he identify as a feminist? “I just learned words like ‘misogyny’ and ‘feminist’ in the last two years. I’m just someone who thinks everyone should live and live; We only have one life and we can all live the life we want. I just like to call myself Vijay, a manly human being,” he replied.
Vijay Deverakonda | Image source: Special arrangement
His unflinching confidence rose again when asked why he called himself “Vijay Deverakonda”.
“I’m pleased when people call me by my first name and I use ‘The’ because I believe I’m the only one like me.”
The actor himself seems to be alluding to a combination of instinct and confidence-based approach in the way he chooses his scripts. “Every script I’ve worked so hard on has been great, and we just fell short in making or delivering. For example, Dear ComradeI believe it’s a good movie but today, I’m going to do something different… like how I promote it.”
KushiIt was an idea that he was very passionate about even while filming other projects, he said. The relationship drama, released September 1, sees him share screen space with Samantha, an actor whose performances he grew up admiring. “Now act with her and create Kushi With her, it’s amazing.
With relationship dramas, creators either make a bet by writing a proper conflict between two people or writing a story that everyone can relate to. But Vijay says he won’t pick anything appropriate and he has his reasons: “I’m making a movie every year and there’s a lot of people waiting to see it. The number of stories I had to choose from was huge, and there was also an opportunity cost. What’s important in the next year of my life and I choose what I like.”
He emphasized that he will not choose stories that are not relevant to him even if he believes that the general public may like them.
Still image from ‘Kushi’ | Image source: Special arrangement
From being just an actor who has to fit the character, Vijay is now in a star position that comes with added responsibilities, but he’s not complaining about the workload. “The goal of success is to have more power to hit the shot. If you’re someone who knows what you want and you have an instinct to guide the film, only success can give you the strength to do it.” However, the bandwidth required by film production was a bit too much for the actor, which is why he stopped after production. Meeku Maathrame Cheptha And Pushpaka Vimanam. “Also, when I’m filming, I can literally follow everything, but I don’t think I can do the best if I have to do both at the same time.”
The pressure to overcome is obvious considering the situation he’s in, but the actor said he prefers this to most other challenges he’s been through. “There is emotional pressure because people who believe in my cinema want me to be successful, and then there is business pressure; I own a movie theater so I know how the success and failure of movies affects the entire ecosystem.”
Will he make a live movie in Tamil too (after 2018 NOTE)? “One of the next two films I signed with a director from Tamil cinema. But only logistics can decide if it will only shoot in Telugu or if we will shoot in Tamil as well.”
Kushi will hit theaters on September 1