DIFFERENT STROKES Chiranjeevi and Pawan Kalyan strike a familiar
chord while enjoying their `together moments'
They are brothers in the same field — commercial
cinema. But the similarity ends there. While Chiranjeevi's film
career spans three decades, Pawan Kalyan has just started tasting
success. While one carries the mantle of a megastar, the other is an
analyst of life. While one is vibrant, the other is quiet. The
siblings meet for a Take Two and Ranee Kumar listens in.
Chiranjeevi: I was not sure I
wanted you to enter movies as an actor or for that matter, into any
other part of filmmaking. Ours was not a film family. (Pawan Kalyan
When I called you
over to Madras in 1982, it was with the idea of giving you the best
possible education. It was too early in life for you to think about
your vocation. Honestly, I didn't know what you had in mind then. Did
you have something else?
Pawan Kalyan: Like all young boys,
I dreamt of the impossible like wanting to be a global explorer. You
never know annayya, how intimidated I was of your glamorous
presence, though at home, none of us even spoke about films. But, all
the while, I secretly admired you and I still do.
Chiranjeevi: Sounds flattering,
but then, O God! Were you kids so scared of me? When did I behave like
a schoolmaster? I was working three shifts a day then, and I could
hardly get to see you, though we all were living under one roof. Your
sister-in-law assured me that everything at home was under control.
Maybe I should have taken sometime off to know what was on your mind.
Pawan Kalyan: Don't sound so
apologetic. I wasn't quite sure of what I really wanted to be. You
know my love for books. I used to be at home, in my room, poring over
one book or the other, and I was happy keeping to myself. Remember my
first attempt at direction? Ironically, the subject was blood
Chiranjeevi: Seems like I'm in for
some shocks today. I call these inhibitions, which ought to be shed. I
appreciate your diligence at work, be it direction or acting, But it
should definitely not be at the cost of avoiding food. Why should you
become so serious with an assignment on hand? You ought to enjoy
Pawan Kalyan: But, that's me. I feel
I have to give my best, hence the 100 per cent concentration. Since I
owe even the decision of my career to you and my sister-in-law, I
can't help feeling the way I do. I'm too happy to look up to you for
everything in life but how can I equate myself with you?
Chiranjeevi: Accepted. But look at
the way I mingle with the public who come to watch a shoot. I want you
also to vibe with anybody and everybody like that. Only when you warm
up to people can you evoke a similar response from them.
Pawan Kalyan: It takes time for me
to get familiar with a crowd. I cannot be as spontaneous as you are
with strangers. I bear the brunt of being dubbed `haughty'. But there
is something within me, which refuses to allow me to wear my heart on
Chiranjeevi: Did I ever ask you to
rate me as an actor?
Pawan Kalyan: (Looking confused)
Me rating you? No way. On the other hand, I want to know your opinion
about my acting.
Chiranjeevi: You are a fine actor but
I feel you should let go — especially in the dance sequences and
stunts. Be like me here. Don't worry about copying me. Give the
audience what they want — be it my way or otherwise.
Kalyan: I have come to
realize that. But, I should not duplicate Chiranjeevi.
Chiranjeevi: (Emphatically) I
appreciate your effort at projecting yourself differently from me. But
there is nothing wrong in rising to people's expectations. Therein
lies success. Don't bother about what is not your jurisdiction. Leave
it to the technicians, directors and others. You get immersed in your
role, in the dance sequences and the fights. Try to enjoy what you are
doing and you'd have given your best.
Pawan Kalyan: I guess every actor has
to understand the pulse of the audience. I'm in the process of
learning it, thanks to you, annayya. You were always there for
me, will always be. Shall we head to mom's place for our Sunday
Chiranjeevi: I'll call her up and
she'll prepare a special dish for you, me and the others. No more
talking shop. (He hugs him).
Pawan Kalyan: (With a twinkle
in his eye) Charan (Chiranjeevi's son) has to vie with me for your
affection. That's where I am always, yours lovingly.