Vijay Deverakonda meets us at a city hotel ahead of the release of his film Dear Comrade on July 26. The actor talks about the film and acting with Rashmika Mandanna for the second time.
Post Arjun Reddy, Vijay Deverakonda has become a southern sensation and we ask him if that was the push for the makers to release the film in all four southern languages. “Honestly, we started shooting Dear Comrade as a Telugu flick. Only half way through, we decided that it should be taken to other states because of its content. We felt people across states should see this. My next film is a straight Telugu movie,” he replies.
Talking about pairing with Rashmika Mandanna after Geetha Govindam, he says, “Geetha and Govind were different characters altogether. Bobby and Lilly will be in complete contrast to them. There won’t be a déjà vu. In fact, I have three different looks in the film. It is always nice to be paired with an actress more than once. However, Rashmika can speak Tamil and Kannada but she never taught me any of these languages.”
NOTA was Vijay’s debut film in Tamil last year and there have been no announcements on his second film here yet. “I listened to a bunch of scripts. But shooting in Tamil is exhausting as I don’t have the command over the language. For NOTA, I used to wake up at six in the morning and shoot till six in the evening. Once back in the hotel, I would be given my lines to read for the next day, for which I would have to be up till one in the night. I haven’t taken up any projects yet and I wouldn’t want to reveal it as they are respected filmmakers,” he says. Vijay has a loyal fan base. He says that he gets emotional when he meets them. “The love that they shower on me chokes me up and I get really emotional. I came here without money or fans or family. Now I have them,” he concludes.