Others Chiranjeevi about Cherry
Chiranjeevi on his lad
you always know your son would finally end up in an acting career?
Was it an obvious decision? Acting was never thrust upon Charan, but when
we identified early signs of interest in this field, it set us thinking.
It was just like when Kalyan started showing interest and went on to bloom
in this profession. In recent times, Allu Arjun emerged a hero in this
generation and this also could have added to Charan's impetus to emerge as
What kind of an upbringing did you give Charan?
Were you a strict father? Do you have any special memories from his
I was not a strict father but I insisted on inculcating principles. My own
experiences with my father were mentally and physically harsh at times and
I didn't want the same for my kids. I am like a friend with them but when
required I am also strict, precise and to the point. For instance I never
restricted my children from spending but was particular that they
understand the value of money. When Charan was 14-15 years old, I had
noticed that he enjoyed going to the bowling alley. Each visit was Rs 500
- 600 but he seemed to enjoy it immensely. I did not want to spoil his fun
and when he was in a good mood on a drive I showed him a stone-crusher who
earned Rs 80-100 a day. I explained that the money he was spending was
equivalent to five days of hard work put in by the crusher. This was
probably one of his first lessons in life ... never to be reckless while
spending yet not hesitate to spend, when required.
Recently when we were traveling from Liverpool to London, the cab owners
were asking for a steep fare. I would have relented, but Charan insisted
on checking with other companies and ensured we traveled for almost half
the price. That day, I felt I was seeing the result of a few simple
principles I imbibed in him.
How difficult or easy do you think his career in
the industry will be?
It is not a cakewalk for everybody to live up to audience expectations.
From the very first day, Charan may have to face the difficulties that I
faced after my 100th fi lm. However, I saw him perform during my
daughter's wedding and could instantly see that he had a style of his own
- distinct grace and confidence. But the bottom line is - whatever be the
background, he will have to fight the battle on his own like any other
To what extent are you involved in his career?
I will be involved only to a certain extent and even this only in his
initial projects. But in the long run he will need to shape his own career
and destiny. Even failures will only add to his strength. I seek to have a
relationship where he will have his space and reach out to me only when
Is there any particular image you want Charan to
Initially I want him to portray youth oriented roles that would appeal to
the modern audience. In the later films he should be able to gain an image
that suits him. More importantly, I want him to become an actor who will
be embraced by all classes of audience and be accepted as a member of
One trait you like the most about Charan?
He is sensitive towards others. He has never been full of himself and his
comforts and such an attitude will be helpful when he becomes a part of a
team. He is down to earth and his presence of mind is most appreciable.
One trait you would like to re-work on?
It would be sensitivity again. He should know where to draw the line and
not extend it till the point of botheration. Over stretching this quality
and always wanting everyone around him to be comfortable should not become
a burden to his own mind. I am sure as he grows he will temper these basic
qualities and balance them to the right measure.
Any plans of acting together?
Definitely, I would love to work with him. This will happen when the time
Taking on his family's footsteps, Charan wants to be versatile. This is
not going to be easy. People stick to their image and their next flick is
based on the image they create in their previous film. They are not
experimenting like actors did previously which is something I would like
to start off with. He keeps his strategy simple. I want to be able to
satisfy the director. The competition is tense and everyone is at his best
these days. One can dance well, fight well and even act well hence every
aspect of the presentation matters.
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