Producer-young entrepreneur Lagadapati Sridhar’s name ring a bell instantly in T’wood. Despite having strong indstrial and political background, Sridhar forayed into films out of passion by founding Larsco Entertainment. Kick started his filmy journey a decade ago with Evadi Gola Vadide under his home banner Ramalakshmi Cine Creations, Mr Sridhar and his better half Mrs Sirisha have come a long way. In a chat-a-thon, Sridhar is all gung ho about his latest film Sikindar which he calls as a “landmark” film. Sridhar talks about Surya, Sikindar, his future plans, his star son Vikram Sahidev and a lot more.
Talking about Surya-starrer Sikindar, Sridhar says, “Sirisha and me have been waiting to produce a star-studded film and what will be the better occassion than the 10th anniversary of our home banner? Though our previous films have been successful and brought us glory, Sikindar takes us to the next level. Director Linguswamy has worked extensively for 2 years on the subject before taking off.”
Giving a sneak peek into film, Sridhar reveals, “Sikindar is an underworld revenge drama with good dose of romance, friendship and has enough twists to thrill audience. Surya essays a Mumbai gangster and the audiences are going to love him in his new style. Contrary to rumours, Surya is not playing dual role. His character has multiple shades.”
Sharing the highlights of the movie, he adds, “Like Basha to Rajnikanth, Naayakudu to Kamal Haasan, Sikindar will stand out in Surya’s career. Sikindar is a pan India film and has no regional barriers. Just like its ensemble cast, most of the film runs in various nooks and corners of the nation like Mumbai, pune. This is an apt release on the eve of Independe Day. Especially, Surya’s looks, acting in the film will arrest the attention of audiences.”
The movie is slated for massive release all over the world. Ask him about it. “We’ve made big plans for the release as it is releasing in over 1200 theatres across the globe. Besides Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, the movie is up for release in Karnataka, many parts of North India and of course, overseas. We’re hoping for huge openings. Surya is personally humble, non-controversial figure and has fans cutting across lines. Fans of all other heroes like Surya equally.”
Veering towards his future plans, the 40-odd-old says, “Presently, the shooting of my next Krishnamma Kalipindi Iddarini is going on. The movie stars Sudheer Babu and has Super Star Mahesh Babu in guest appearance. Meanwhile, plans are underway to make a film with Stylish Star Allu Arjun. Also, there are couple of plans to do my remakes into Tamil, Hindi. We’re contemplating to star Vijay Sethupathi and Raju Sundaram in the Tamil remake of Potugadu. All our next films will be made with the collaboration of Linguswamy. He is like our family member. If all goes well, I do have plans to go to Bollywood.”
On parting note, ask him about launching his son Vikram Sahidev as a hero given that he garnered accolades for his perfromance as teen Allu Arjun in blockbuster Race Gurram. Pat comes reply from Sridhar. “He is too young to be a hero and I want him to focus on his education at the moment. Let’s see what’s in store for him. I’ve no qualms at all if he wants to choose a career of his choice.”