Krishnam Raju on Billa

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2009 06:57 hrs

‘Rebel Star’ Krishnam Raju turns a year old on January 20. He celebrates his birthday with his family members at his residence on Hyderabad. He is currently busy producing Billa with his brother’s son Prabhas on his banner Gopikrishna Movies. He also acts with Prabhas in the movie for the first time. Krishnam Raju talks about the movie.

Billa is costliest movie We have revived our Gopikrishna Movies banner and have started production with Billa, which is under progress now. By February end, we will finish it off entire shooting. Almost to the tune of 75 days, we shot on foreign land on a grand scale. Probably this is the only film in Tollywood that was shot on foreign locations for such long time. It is costliest and lavish production for us. Billa is remake of Tamil movie by the same name which itself is remake of Amitabh’s Don. Even in Telugu it was done by Late NTR two decades ago. But we changed it to suit today’s modern times.

Prabhas looks dashing Prabhas is playing a role that can be called anti-hero. He looks dashing and very stylish. From look to costumes, everything is different in this movie. Director Meher Ramesh asked us to provide good technicians and best locations and we accommodated him. Fans have been waiting to see Prabhas and me together on screen for a long time. So we have decided to come up with this flick, which gives them thrilling experience. I am playing the role of a cop who is out to nab Prabhas - the international smuggler.

Rich locations Most part of the shoot is taken place at Malaysia. For a few scenes we have used number of helicopters. Cameraman Soundar Rajan is taking huge time to get quality. Everything in the movie is on topnotch standards.

Not interested in direction I am currently entered into TV production too. We have created separate wing for it. Already a serial is on air on SV channel. Some more are under progress. I look after story and screenplay for them but not interested in turning director.

Will field in elections I will be fielding in the forthcoming elections too from Narsapuram constituency.

Chiranjeevi is becoming a good leader I think Chiranjeevi is slowly becoming like a good leader. Compared to initial stages of the party launch, everything is settled now in their party and he is also behaving and talking like a matured leader. It is nice.

I have good relationship With him as he hails from my native village — Mogalturu. He had acted in my film - Manavuri Pandavulu and then we did together Puli Bobbili. He calls me as pedda annayya.

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