'Ordinary things don't grab my attention'

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'Ordinary things don't grab my attention'

Upendra’s next big thing is his three-shaded character in ‘Godfather’, that had an enviable audio launch with the who’s who of the Kannada film industry showing up at the event.

The trailers that were being played non-stop during the event showed Upendra
in three different avatars, none remotely related to the other.

 “It has been the most challenging role that I’ve done of late. In the second half of the film, I appear in a role that I’ve never really tried before, I hope people will like it,” he says.

There’s a scene in ‘Godfather’ where Upendra moves, grooves and even teases like a woman.

“I don’t know how I carried off that part. I don’t have any looks that can even distinctly be associated with a woman.

I look tough and there’s no softness about me but I’ve tried my best to pull it off, imitating a woman,” says Upendra, who doesn’t want to reveal more details about the film.

Upendra may be one of the hottest selling onscreen names in Sandalwood, but he is best known for his directorial ventures.

 All the movies scripted and directed by him remain etched in people’s memory.
“A movie must touch people’s lives. Nothing is impossible.

There can be a different take to very ordinary things in life,” he says and adds, “in acting, you just have to do what the director tells you but as a director every shot and every frame is decided by you.”

Upendra has written the story for his forthcoming Kannada movie, Topiwala and his next release Kalpana, is a comedy which has right doses of horror packed in, just for that extra punch.

“I go to a movie to be entertained and have fun. I believe that’s what my movies must do to people — entertain them.”

He says he has been acting for more than a decade and would now like to set apart some time for direction and to give a form to his ideas.

Upendra says that he must stumble upon a subject that really excites him.

“Ordinary things don’t grab my attention. There must be something that nags me and provokes me into making a movie until then, I am content with acting. Movies like Buddhivantha is still remembered by people,” he sums up.

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