A thespian for a grandfather and filmdom’s most loved hunk for a father — it’s a lineage that anyone would envy. But Naga Chaitanya, the grandson of Telugu actor Akkineni Nageshwara Rao and son of film star Nagarjuna, has his priorities in place.
Get this young man talking about his films, his passion for the racing track and his take on the various aspects of the film industry and you’d be surprised by his veracity of thought. Naga has come a long way from his first film Josh. He will, for the first time, be acting with his father and grandfather in their latest venture, Manam. The young man confesses that he is both nervous and excited.
“This is the first time that I will be acting with both of them. I play a college-goer and my father plays my friend in the movie. It’s a lot like how my father and I are in real life — we are more like friends,” Naga shares with Metrolife.
He will also be seen playing an auto mechanic in Autonagar Surya. “The film captures the life and plight of autorickshaw drivers. I play a mechanic who stands up for their rights. I literally dirty my hands and the character has helped me understand the problems these auto drivers face on a daily basis,” he states.
Naga never gets choosy about the genre of films and says that he will take up the role only if he is convinced about the script. He always turns to his father for advice.
“My father is always there for me. However, I soon realised that I had to go out there on my own and make my own choices. He taught me discipline and showed me the tough way. That was lesson enough for me,” reasons Naga.
The young star thinks that there’s a lot to learn from failure. “Failure makes you stronger. I do feel a little disheartened when a film doesn’t do well, but I don’t get stuck and choose to move on,” he adds.
Naga spent the better part of his childhood on the race tracks. He soon picked up a fascination for speed.“I go racing in my free time. I was a regular racer until my family reined me in,” he laughs. He steals some time and still hangs out with a bunch of his friends on the race track over weekends.
He also lends a hand in managing his father’s chain of restaurants. “I don’t cook but I certainly eat and taste all the dishes before they go on the menu,” he shares.