When did acting bug bit you?
I think acting bug has smitten me in my childhood. Since my early days, I’ve been fascinated in two things- Cricket, movies. My goal was to play with Sachin and hence played cricket for under 14, 16 and 19. But after considering that Cricket was my cup of tea, I decided to become actor.
What’s your educational background. Have you done any acting course?
I’ve done masters in United States in Computer Science. During that time, I underwent 3 months special coaching in Chicago Second City acting school. It helped me to understand global standards of acting and broadened my horizons.
Tell us about your family.
My father works as manager with a government firm whereas my mom is homemaker. I have two elder sisters. I’m the youngest one. Ms Galla Aruna Kumari is my paternal aunt and Mr Galla Jayadev is my cousin and so close to my heart. I’m related to Superstar Mahesh Babu and he is true hero to me. My family has been a great support to me.
What’s your idea of filmmaking?
Since I assisted star directors Trivikram Srinivas (for Khaleja) and Sreenu Vytla (for Dookudu), my idea on filmmaking has been greatly influenced by them. I was little jitters on set when I first saw Trivikram sir. Though I assisted them, my passion has been acting and wanted to see myself on 70 MM.
How did Hrudayam Ekkadundi happen to you?
Director V.I Anand, associate of A.R Murugadoss, is common friend of mine and he narrated a youthful subject to me which impressed me in the first narration. That’s how the film happen. It’s a youthful entertainer with a fantasy element.
Could you recall any memorable experiences while shooting for the film?
The most difficult yet memorable experience was shooting part of film. Since we have dates conflict with senior actors, we had to shoot for 24-hour-long at a stretch without taking break. I was tired a lot but I enjoyed it thoroughly.
What did you learn from Mahesh?
Mahesh is very committed and disciplined actor. One should learn from him. He encouraged me a lot and came to the audio release function. I cherish it for the rest of my life. He is my role model and true inspiration.
Are you bundle of nerves as your film is releasing Tomorrow?
No, not at all. I’m eagerly looking forward to the film’s release. I’m quite confident that people would appreciate my efforts. I’m sure Telugu audiences encourage new talent.