Allu Arjun (born 8 April 1983) is an Indian actor who mostly works in Telugu cinema. Known for his dancing capacities, he is a recipient of five Filmfare Awards, South, and three Nandi Awards. One of the highest-paid performers in India, he has been starred in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list since 2014.
“Everything changes with time. I am not experienced enough to analyze what the people love in me.”
People and their taste of consuming content changes as per the changing times. That is the main reason behind uncertainty in the entertainment industry. People love specific actors for 5-10 years but after that, they start watching someone who has just entered. This cycle is eternal and we don’t know what people love and for how much time will they preserve that interest. They are volatile in nature and so we must try to keep ourselves diverse.
“I am a variety machine; I look variety in my characters, and an extra edge in characterization helps in bringing out a better performance.”
An actor must develop versatility. He is supposed to portray various lives. He must subtract his own nature and enter into something new. Every character has some mannerisms, so the actor must capture this and then perform subtly. Characterization and maturity are the ornaments of any actor. It must be conserved.
“I don’t believe in legacy. I feel that the ‘mega’ tag definitely acts as a platform, but after that, it’s all on the individual. Legacy does not mean a crown that is passed on; we have to create our own paths.”
Becoming successful is not easy in the first sentence but, when we become successful then we understand that sustaining that success is the most difficult task as we start with a zero daily. Yesterday my film earned 200 crores but the next morning brings with it new challenges and provokes us. We must fight against those challenges and attain success daily.
“I am very diplomatic when I’m in front of the media or when I am going out for promotions and stuff. But, usually, I’m a very straightforward person.”
We are living with various personalities daily and portraying various shades. My behaviour in front of my parents is different and when I’m with my friends I unravel various mysteries. Actors also are different in nature and react in a very diplomatic and technical manner in front of the media.
“There are lots of things to do. Lots of movies to catch. Lots of places to visit… I try to bring in every real-life experience into my acting.”
We can do various things in life. We can visit varied locations, observe characters and bring them to our performances. The more you observe, the more you perform. The natural performance comes with practice but references for portraying something comes from surrounding people. Cinema is larger than life but at the end of the day, it is a reflection of society and demands reality. Sometimes that reality is ugly but needs to be documented. Cinematic liberty is taken but still, the details persist.