'I don't get stuck with comparisons'

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'I don't get stuck with comparisons'

Actor Chiranjeevi Sarja, Chiru for short, doesn’t believe in comparisons or in merely adding to the list of films he has worked in. He says that he has always competed with himself to grow both as a person and as an actor.

Things are going well for Chiranjeevi Sarja. The young actor has just completed Ajit, a remake of Tamil film Paiyaa. And without taking much of a break, he has started work on his next project Chandralekha directed by Om Prakash.

Chiranjeevi has been rather consistent in his work and prefers to let his work do all the talking. “I don’t get stuck with comparisons. I feel the pressure and competition just like anybody else but I work hard to discover more about the actor in me,”
he tells Metrolife.

 About Ajit, Chiranjeevi says that although it is a remake, the Kannada version has been tweaked to suit local tastes. “There are a lot of changes from the original. We’ve worked around the main character and made him more lively than what he was in the original version. I am sure people here will love it,” he adds.

In ‘Chandralekha’, Chiranjeevi is trying his hand at comedy. “The story is about two friends, who decide to die but put off their decision to commit suicide by three days. There’s a lot of action that happens in these three days and the hero even falls in love. I am lucky to have worked with three directors.

I learnt the importance of timing from comedian Sadu Kokila. He taught me that comedy must come naturally to any actor, else any expression would go haywire,” he notes. Chiru will don a cop’s role in Ayya 2. His uncle Arjun Sarja is well-known for his cop roles and action sequences in Tamil films and Chiru says that whenever he takes up the role of a cop he’s always under pressure to perform as good as Arjun.

Chiru’s brother Dhruva Sarja has been active in the industry and he and Dhruva never miss a chance to indulge in healthy conversations about projects and the industry itself. Does he advise his brother? “I do sometimes when he gets stuck in finalising a project. I always ask him to work on subjects that excite him,” he signs off.

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