Hyderabad: Actor Varun Tej, famous for his roles in Kanche, Fidaa, Tholi Prema, and F2 — Fun and Frustration, is all set to entertain the audience with his upcoming film Valmiki, which is going to hit theatres on September 20. This Harish Shankar directorial is the official Telugu remake of the 2014 Kollywood blockbuster Jigarthanda.

Seen sporting a rugged look, Varun also dons a long hair and beard for the film. Speaking at a promotional event of the film, the actor talked about his role in the movie.

Who was the first person with whom you shared about this project?

I was unsure of whom to speak to and even whether I could do this film or not. Few people in my circle told me not to take a risk as they were looking at it as if I was the villain in the film. Unsure, I went to my uncle Chiranjeevi and took Harish with me. My uncle told me that I should do such films without deciding or judging whether I should be the hero or the villain.

What is the homework you did to step into the shoes of Gaddalakonda Ganesh?

I let my beard and hair grow for eight months, and I am still maintaining it for the promotions. I have entered into a phase where I believe that I am Gaddalakonda Ganesh. I had always wanted to do a fierce look, and finally, I can do it. The whole team put in their efforts to make me look like the character.

You have a lover boy image. So what made you choose to be part of a mass entertainer?

I felt like I was being stereotyped doing love stories. I have always wanted to be a part of a mass entertainer, and I don’t consider Loafer a mass film. I wanted to take a break from films after F2. However, when I got a chance to do a bad guy, I thought I should do it. I loved it, and I have enjoyed being part of the film very much.

Bhavana Sharma

Bhavana Sharma covers entertainment and cinema for Newsmeter.
Having over seven years of experience across various platforms, Bhavana has worked for publications, Telangana Today, Andhra Jyothy, channels like V6 News and online enterprises like International Business Times, Zee News, Tamada Media, IQlik Movies and so on. Her forte has been reporting on Telugu cinema, with several exclusives on developments in the Telugu film industry to her credit. Her one on one chats with several established stars, upcoming actors, directors and others in cinema have been published across print and online platforms. Alumni of Arts College, Osmania University.

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