The last few years have been very kind to Naga Chaitanya’s career. He is now looking excitedly at the release of his next Telugu film, Yuddham Sharanam, which true to its title, is an action film. “It’s not just an action film, but a very youth-centric thriller,” says Naga Chaitanya, adding, “I play a college dropout who makes drones.”
Chaitanya, who started his career in 2009 with Josh, feels that Yuddham Sharanam is his most youth-oriented film to date. “It was designed that way. We worked on several drafts of the script until we felt it sounded right for youngsters. When the script initially came to me, I liked it immediately. But I felt we needed to work more on it,” says Chaitanya, whose father, Nagarjuna, has always been of great help in choosing his scripts.
Not this time, though. Chaitanya reveals, “This script was recommended to me by my uncle Venkatesh. A lot of other opinions that matter were also taken into consideration.”
The actor has been going through a very favourable phase in his career. “My last few films have been successful. And I’ve come to understand what suits me and what doesn’t suit me after some initial setbacks. I believe failures are very important in any person’s growth. I’ve learnt what not to do from them,” he says.
Chaitanya shares that he wants to venture into Tamil cinema. “I’d like to explore that area with my next film, though no Hindi cinema for now,” he states. The actor also feels that Baahubali has opened up doors for Telugu cinema. “We are looked at with renewed interest. It’s time for Telugu cinema to make its presence felt,” he says.