The harder I work, the luckier I get: Vishnu after a decade in films
Telugu actor Vishnu Manchu, who recently completed a decade in the Telugu film industry, has so far only featured in 10 films. He says it is time for him to "stop being over-cautious" and "work harder and faster".
"I haven't achieved much, there's still lot more to do. I need to work harder and faster because I have realised that the harder I work, the luckier I get. I should also stop being over-cautious like I was in the beginning of my career," Vishnu told IANS.
What's wrong in being cautious?
"Too much of anything is bad. Since I was too cautious, I spent a lot of time on each project. Sometimes the directors I worked with also took a lot of time to complete a project. I want to concentrate on doing more projects, which will require me to work faster," said Vishnu, who made his cinematic debut as lead in the 2003 Telugu action-drama "Vishnu".
With blockbusters such as "Dhee" and "Denikaina Ready" to his credit, Vishnu believes he is cut out for action-comedies.
"Initially, I only did action films and they didn't work at the box-office. But I have realised recently that I'm more suitable for action-comedy movies. Audiences like to see me in such films and it also happens to be the current trend in the industry," he added.
But he is also open to other genres too.
"Every hero in the industry has attempted action-comedy or is currently doing one because it's working at the box-office. I don't root for these types of films, but if I get a challenging script in a different genre, I would be more than happy to do it," said Vishnu, who is awaiting the release of Telugu action-comedy "Doosukeltha".
Vishnu, also actively involved in production through his home banner Sree Lakshmi Prasanna Pictures, feels it doesn't distract him from acting.
"My dad has been a popular producer for several years. He has produced over 50 Telugu films over the years. I was associated with our production company even before I became an actor. I was naturally drawn towards production and it doesn't bother me," he said.
He believes that the script of a film doesn't always promise longevity for an actor in the industry.
"There is nothing called a bad script because you never know what kind of script will work. A good script can be badly executed on screen and vice versa. You never know what will work and what won't until the film is released," he said.
The 31-year-old enjoys the cut-throat competition in filmdom.
"What fun is any profession without competition? I never get bogged down by competition because it challenges me to work harder. For instance, if some hero has pulled off an excellent dance move, I'm challenged to do it in my next film," said Vishnu, who is currently working on two untitled Telugu projects.
(Posted on 13-10-2013)