Shraddha Kapoor-Tiger Shroff starrer BAAGHI is out today, but the movie also introduces one powerful actor - Sudheer Babu as the villain. Coming from a popular southern family (he is related to Mahesh Babu), Sudheer Babu has surely taken a bold step by entering Bollywood and he has no regrets about it because he is being appreciated by people close to him. In an exclusive chat with us, the actor spoke about his journey from South to Bollywood and breaking stereotypes.
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
Your family is quite popular down south. So why did you choose Bollywood?
It's just an opportunity that came my way. After reading BAAGHI's script, I felt why not? There's very good scope for performance.
So do you want to do more Bollywood films or only South?
No after doing this, I feel like doing more Bollywood films. I felt that many came from the south but none of them could make a mark and I'm trying my level best to change that.
Is that the reason you took the role of a baddie? To try something new?
No. I chose to play a baddie because I want to be recollected as a good actor. Doing the lead or negative doesn't matter for me. My first film in Telugu also was a small negative role. Then I went on to play the lead role in the stretch of my career.
There are no villains as such in today's movies, but you are playing that. So do you think that you'll be able to match up to the standards of what typical villain in Bollywood have been like?
To compare me with them is a little harsh because they are legends of the Bollywood industry. But I feel I'll make a mark of my own with my style. Scripts need to be written that way in which they can show your performance. Looking at this film, people will feel that this guy is a very good actor with an amazing phsique.
How did you bag the role?
It's a long story, but I can make it simple. I'm a big fan of Jackie Chan and used to watch rolling titles till the end. He was my inspiration for my first romantic film. I upload only rolling titles on my Youtube channel. Looking at that, the BAAGHI team called me for an audition.
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Have you learnt proper martial arts for this?
Yeah. I had to upgrade my skills because this is different - Kalaripayattu and Mixed Martial Arts. Also I'm a champion of all this in the film. So he's supposed to look very talented who does things very correctly. They trained me for few months before shooting it. It wasn't very tough nor was it easy.
Tiger has also trained in Martial Arts very well. So did you find it a little difficult to match up to or rather surpass him?
Little difficult is an understatement. It was really difficult. I knew that was a big challenge for me in this film. Performance wise also I have to match up to him. The story of the film is also like Tigdr gets inspired by my character and wants to fight like him. So it demanded that and I was up for it. But it doesn't matter even if I don't match up to him because I'm sure I'm going to be a better person after this film. Tiger was also very honest to his role and I'm happy I could match up to him.
Did you take back something from the movie?
Yeah I took back some skills. Unknowingly also I learnt a lot of things. Coming from the south, things were different. I'm definitely a better improved actor and person as a whole.
Do you think you were the perfect fit for your character or do you think someone else could do it?
I don't know. As of now I can't see anyone doing it. Actually I have said that I'm very fortunate to get this role but right now I feel Vidyut looks like a south Indian. My character's demands were he looks connected to south India. Vidyut is very good with stunts. But apart from that, performance is very important. In case you do a stunt but your performance is weak then it would be a raw footage and people won't like watching it.
Can you call it your ideal debut?
Yeah it's a very good debut for sure.
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