Pic Courtesy: Srinivas Setty Location: Dargah Road, Jubilee Hills
Be it losing 28 kilos in 90 days, playing the angry young man or sticking to his mass hero image time and again, it’s adulation that keeps NTR going. We ask, he reacts. No words minced.
The latest buzz:
I have lost 28 kilos in three months. I have turned 24. I’ve finished 14 movies so far. It feels great!
His mass image, onscreen:
‘Mass’ is not a derogatory word. It is every star’s dream to be a ‘mass’ hero. To be able to impress, appeal and attract the mass – the large numbers – is the most daunting task for any actor. I am glad I have that image and that simply means I have the ability to draw the crowds in big numbers, not just appeal to one section of audience. I love my image and I will move the world to keep it mainact! I’ve got addicted to the adulation!
Mass image, off screen:
Most people, especially the English speaking crowds think I am rustic, rugged, tough and someone who has no clue about the finer things of life. I am a typical Hyderabadi. I love rock music and I can cook awesome Continental stuff. I love dogs, and have two powerful canines.
What fires the passion in him:
Newton’s Third Law of Motion works best for me. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. The more someone tries to hold me down, the faster and stronger I emerge. Being an outcaste in my own family for long has generated a fire in me that refuses to die. Today, I am someone my family is proud of. I have faced the toughest and most agonising moments of life like a man.
Who inspires him:
My grandfather, late NT Rama Rao. From being a man who barely owned an acre of land and stmaining off from a scratch in this industry, and making AP a proud state on the world map, to contributing to the movie industry, my tatagaru proved he is the stuff that legends are made of. I know I can never aspire to be like him. But for now, I can at least get inspired from him.
Being the hero with the most ‘mass’ :
I admit I was awfully huge and my waist was 36 till a few months ago. My biggest hits – Student no 1, Simhadri and Rakhi hit the screens when I was at my broadest. It just goes to prove that looks don’t matter.
How flops affect him :
No, they don’t. Really. If a flop movie decides my next role or movie, then I should not have got any more offers after flops like Naaga, Narasimhudu or Subbu. Movies are a process and a talented actor will always get his movies, whether or not his previous one was a hit of a flop.
His kind of girl:
She should be academic. A post-doctoral would be perfect. She need not know cooking. Sambar to chicken filled with mozzarella cheese, I can do it for her!