Telugu film PSV Garuda Vega is set to release on November 3 and the hero of the film Dr Rajasekhar is looking forward to it. He plays an NIA office in this film directed by Praveen Sattaru. Rajasekhar talks about the film and why he thinks it’s different from the films of recent times.
What makes you confident about Garuda Vega?
I had always wanted to do films like Bourne Identity, Die Hard and Lethal Weapon in a way that would suit the Indian sensibilities. But no producer came forward with such an offer. I am lucky that Praveen Sattaru came up with ‘GV’. This has a gripping narration. Rich visuals and an interesting screenplay make it a unique film for Telugu cinema.
What is Garuda Vega about?
I am fighting for the country. That’s all I can say for now. You have been all praise for director Praveen Sattaru.
Praveen had come to us with a bound script. I have worked with the likes of Muthyala Subbaiah, Raviraja Pinishetty and Kodi Ramakrishna garu. All of them would improvise on the scenes during the shoot. But Praveen never did it even once. The entire shooting was completed in 93 days. He has got a clear vision. He has taken care of everything related to the film. He even got involved in selling the film to distributors.
What makes this thriller different from other films?
It’s very realistic. Our director took this up after doing a thorough research. When we spoke to NIA officers, they told us that the kind of set-up we had created is very close to how it is in real life. Even their behaviour is similar to how I behave in the film.
How did you approach the role for Garuda Vega?
My director didn’t want me to act the way I did in Ankusam and the like. I am an NIA officer in the film. And in such an officer’s life, finding suspects is a daily routine. My acting in GV is totally subtle and understated. You will see a new Rajasekhar. I underwent a physical training for this movie. It’s a James Bond-like movie where the hero has to do flight and parachute shots.
Are you keen on playing negative roles?
Yes. Even if ‘Garuda Vega’ becomes a big hit, I will be ready. I was looking to do roles like the one played by Arvind Swamy in ‘Dhruva’. I wanted to act with Chiranjeevi garu and Ram Charan. It’s always easy to play a villain. A hero has to cry beautifully. But a villain need not look handsome. He can do anything by making his face dirty and yet he will be liked.