Natasimha Balakrishna’s 100th film ‘Gautami Putra Satakarni’ is releasing in a grand manner on Jan. 12, 2017. Film starring Hema Malini,Shriya, Kabir Bedi is attracting the attention of all as Balakrishna and Krish decided to show the power of Telugu King ‘Gautami Putra Satakarni’ who ruled entire India with Amaravati as capital on silver screen and make everyone proud.
Krish speaking to scribes shared the secrets of Satakarni.
On expectations about Balakrishna’s 100th which is releasing on sankranti and also the pressures
I am not feeling any pressure as I got good story in form of ‘Gautami Putra Satakarni’.I also got suitable star in Balakrishna and we decided to release the film on Jan. 12th at any cost as it happens to be Swami Vivekananda’s birthday. It’s an honour to direct Balakrishna and that too his 100th film.
How did you select Balakrishna for the role?
We have seen Balakrishna’s royal looks in Bhairavadweepam and Aditya 369. Balakrishna gave just one hour time to narrate the story. While narrating I have seen his expressions and saw Satakarni. He got interested and the narration went on for two hours. He played his role in a powerful manner and no one can do the role better than him and no one can tell dialogues like him. Hema Malini,Shivraj Kumar,Shriya,Kabir Bedi all did their roles well.
What is your next project?
I am having plans to come with a sequel for Satakarni on his son Vasishtaputra Pulamovi. But I cannot say when it will happen.
How come you completed such prestigious project in 79 days?
For you it may be just 79 days but only I know how much strain I felt. It was just like making a garland with flowers in a careful manner. We went ahead with perfect planning.
Did you not feel that while taking such historical films, it may turnout to be a documentary?
For example King Ashoka ensured trees are planted but one need not show Ashoka as if planting trees. One should be careful as to what to show and what not and I have clear idea of it. Satakarni is battle weary and we have shown four wars and wars can show mass elements in a powerful manner. Without human emotions, I feel film is incompleted. Satakarni is not just about a royal warrior but great father. So I thought of elevating that too.
On the film getting compared to Baahubali?
Baahubali is a fantasy and Rajamoul screened it in a grand manner.Satakarni is a historical film and there is no comparison. I should thank Rajamouli for his suggestions and recommendations in Satakarni. He adviced me to reduce graphics if I wished to complete it on time. After watching the trailer, he asked me not to rest till the release date saying he is seeing something in Satakarni.
How come rumours spread about you using Bollywood film Bajirao Mastani songs and scenes?
I am confused as to how those rumours came. Why should I use the hardwork of others and cant’we do or are we not capable.
On Khabaddar controversy
I was misquoted and my intentions are completely different. Satakarni is a Telugu king and no one knows his history. It’s a pity that others talk high of our Telugu king and Khabbadar word came from such anguish.
Are you watching how Sankranti festival has been turned as a rivalry between Chiranjeevi’s ‘Khaidi No 150’ and Balakrishna’s ‘Gautami Putra Satakarni?
Why should one watch only one film during sankranti. Telugu people are crazy of films and sankranti festival is festival of films. People watch not one or two even four to five films during sankranti and they should celebrate in such manner. Both Chiranjeevi and Balakrishna are legends and it is our responsibility to respect both of them. Chiranjeevi came to Gautami Putra Satakarni audio launch and wished his friend Balakrishna film all success. Mega fans should wish that their hero’s words should come true. Balakrishna fans too should pray for ‘Khaidi No 150’ success as Chiranjeevi prayed for the success of Satakarni.
About your films success rate at the box-office
I am happy with the box-office success rate for my films. However I do not like such calculations while coming with a good story.
Did your responsibility increase after winning national award for ‘Kanche’?
I have been responsible from the beginning. Even if my film do not work for the good of the society, it shouldn’t harm in any manner and so I filmed all my films in such manner.