Dulquer Salmaan won the hearts of Telugu audiences with `Mahanati' which was released in 2019. Malayalam star played the role of Gemini Ganeshan in the biopic of `Savithri'. After three long years, he is back with his second Telugu film `Sita Ramam'. Directed by Hanu Raghavapudi, Rashmika Mandanna and Mrunal Thakur are playing the leading ladies in this film.
Dulquer Salmaan took some time out of his busy schedule to speak to NewsMeter. Excerpt
How different is Sita Ramam when compared to your previous films?Sita Ramam is an original story. A classic film and making something like this is very tough and rare. No film with this kind of story has come before and that itself makes the film a special one. I liked the screenplay very much. It will be beyond our imagination. What you guys watched in the trailer is just a little and you have to experience the magic on the big screen.So not gonna say 'yes' to love stories anymore?I think I should take a break from love stories. I am getting older day by day. I have to do different and mature roles. I prefer telling different stories.Tell us about your association with Vyjayanthi Movies.Aswini Dutt and Swapna are family. My association with them is something I cherish. I like Aswini Dutt for being amazing in person. He is my favorite person. Very positive. The love and affection shown by him are very great. They always ensure that the best will be chosen for me. Director Hanu has presented this story brilliantly.Tells us about Sita aka Mrunal ThakurWhen I heard the story of 'Sita Ramam', I started thinking about who would be that girl who would look so similar to the character of Sita. When Mrunal joined in, it seemed like an excellent choice. Seeing Mrunal on the sets, I felt that if she did not play the role of Sita, no one else could do justice to the role. It's done very well. Off-screen too, she is a happy and energetic person.None of your films had this huge star cast, right?Yes. None of the films had these many stars till now. Popular actors from different industries like Telugu, Tamil, and Bengali have been a part of it. The shooting was amazing. It is also a pleasure to act with Gautham Vasudev Menon for the second time.What would have happened if not an actor?It's a disturbing thought for me too (laughs). I studied in business school. I have done an MBA. Maybe an investor. My father is my role model. I must make him proud. We talk about movies and stories at home. I tell my stories in single lines. I am a big fan of my father. He is my hero.