Mar 7, 2014

Exclusive Interview : Navdeep Talks About Bangaru Kodipetta

Exclusive Interview With Navdeep

It's a much more bulked up Navdeep we are seeing of late. The 27-year-old is in the process of undergoing a physical transformation, working his way to get his six-pack frame, which's been two years overdue. "I began training a couple of years ago, but hurt my neck and had to take it easy. I've just begun working out again," he says. However, his newly acquired musculature will not be on display in his latest release Bangaru Kodipetta, which he describes as a "simple film with peculiar screenplay."

The film traces the stories of a bunch of ordinary people from varied backgrounds whose paths cross by chance. "For many who have to work to make ends meet, life can seem very unfair. And working their way up towards a comfortable life, the honest way, could take a lifetime. So they all get by their lives hoping for that one miracle. When such an opportunity presents itself, there is a huge temptation to take it up even if it entails taking a few liberties with the law," says the actor who reckons the movie reflects the aspirations of many people who believe they've been done in by fate.

Relatable Characters 

"We have Ram Lakshman playing two punters from Bheemavaram, looking to score that big jackpot. There is an aspiring actor who is looking for that elusive big break. Everyone is on the lookout for that big shortcut that will change their lives. But then, life doesn't always go to plan," explains Navdeep. 

Talking about his equation with Swati, he says, "I play a small time thief, Vamsi. No one knows about that side of him. Swati plays a school dropout who acts as a convent educated girl who is fluent in English. She ignores Vamsi who is very interested in her from the word go, but it is all much understated. Gradually, they get to know each other but it's a very cat and mouse sort of romance that evolves over how they collaborate for the con job." 

Wild side of fame
Talking about shortcuts, the actor sure knows a thing or two about taking chances.He was barely out of school when he bagged the chance to play the lead in director Teja's Jai. You can say it was his shortcut to showbiz. "I did go to the audition, but for a 17-year-old with no film credential to be launched by a director who'd just delivered two of the biggest blockbusters is no mean feat. Yes, shortcuts do exist," he explains. 

Though the movie turned out to be a disaster, it did change his life in ways he could not imagine. His acting prowess was never in doubt but it rarely translated into BO success. However, Navdeep did earn himself a reputation as the "wild child" of the industry. Soon he was branded as a risk taker,Casanova, party animal etc.

Casanova no more! 

The actor admits being overwhelmed by showbiz and blames it all on the hormones. "Look, I was a carefree teenager without a worry in life. Being in showbiz, I got opportunities to do things that regular people don't. Be it getting invited to the most happening parties, getting to meet very attractive women and I just went with the flow. Especially the years between ages 17 to 25 were the wildest days of my life," he reasons. However, he isn't willing to go into the details of his wild side. "Let's just say they were very wild and I miss them," he says, smiling. However, he seems to have moved on from those days. "You grow up and learn better and learn with age and experience. I made mistakes and learned from them and moved on," he says.

The mystery girl 

Prod him about what prompted the change and were surprised to hear it is a special girl. Admittedly he's been in a steady relationship for the past two years, but is unwilling to name her. "I can't reveal her name. It's been on and off, but yes, we've been together," he says clarifying that "she isn't an actress." 

While his personal life seems to be on the right track, even a decade and 25 films later, he still seems to be looking for that elusive blockbuster. However, Navdeep hasn't let the tag of being a "flop actor" affect him too much. "The good thing is the movies haven't stopped coming. I was only choosing from the movies that were being offered to me and made my share of mistakes. But it's all been a learning process. People have never stopped believing in me, neither have I, and that's what kept me going." he explains.

Turning around 

Navdeep is hopeful of things turning around sooner rather than later. "I've not reached a stage where I can choose what kind of films I want to do. I'm also experimenting with a complete negative role in my next film. In any case, I'm at a stage in my career where I don't have much to lose.But I've got a clutch of interesting films in the pipeline starting with Bangaru Kodipetta. I am hopeful it will turn out to be the game changer. It's an honest film, so let's see how it turns out.