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'Ranga Ranga Vaibhavanga' is fresh and entertaining: Panja Vaisshnav Tej


'Ranga Ranga Vaibhavanga' has been confirmed for a September 2nd release. Panja Vaisshnav Tej, after 'Uppena' and 'Konda Polam', is doing this rom-com as his third outing. In this interview, Tej says that he is a shy person basically. He als talks about the film, working with 'Romantic' heroine Ketika Sharma, his next films and more.

I am portraying an MBA student who has ego clashes with the female friend. When I listened to the script, I felt this is what the family audience would enjoy watching. I felt connected with its emotions. Every movie is based on the Puranas and things like that. That's why the title 'Ranga Ranga Vaibhavanga'. Beyond the inspiration, the story is original.

I don't think our film is going to remind you of 'Kushi' (2001), which is an evergreen movie. There was no conscious attempt to fall back on its tropes. It's also a coincidence that 'RRV' is getting released in theatres on Pawan garu's birthday.

It's an entertaining family drama filled with romance, comedy and emotions. When I listened to the story, it felt nice and genuine. As an audience member, I enjoyed the entertaining and comedy portions the most.

Gireeshaya is a budding director. I have been listening to a number of scripts, but it is his script that felt fresh and made me want to take it up. He narrated the story with great conviction. The behaviours of the characters have been written in a slice-of-life fashion. The sensibilities are fresh.

It was a wonderful experience working with senior artists like Naresh garu, Prabhu garu, Tulasi garu, and Naveen Chandra. They come with experience and are focused actors.

It was great working with Ketika Sharma. Thanks to her, I got to open up and shed my reticence. We became good friends.

It has been commented that I imitated Pawan Kalyan garu naturally in 'RRV'. I don't have such calibre. In a scene, I have to exude shyness. I did it my way and ended up looking a bit like him. That's all there is to it.

I like to emote through my eyes. The audience connect with my performance also because of how I use my eyes. It's true that a lot of people talk about my eyes. It's a plus and I have to work towards sustaining the attractiveness. There is no pressure.

The other day, at the pre-release event, my brother (Sai Dharam Tej) turned emotional. It was not a staged outpouring of emotions. Not just him, everyone in the family treat me as the youngest one that I am. On the acting front, I take my own decisions.

I don't take up projects calculating the results. I take to them naturally and do them with genuineness. If the people around me are happy, that makes me happy. Joy for me is living in a festive environment around me. I am not an egoistic person. In our family, we all live happily and stay together.

I definitely analyze the result of my movies after it is out. I do read feedback but I am not active on social media. I am not there with a pseudo account too on social media. So, I don't consciously follow the reviews by Netizens. My friends are frank with me and their feedback is valuable. My mother, too, gives frank feedback.

I talk straight from the heart. I am genuine and don't try to project something that is not me in interviews.

I am not into pan-India movies right now. Whatever comes my way and excites me, I will take it up.

I am doing a film under Sithara Entertainments. The film is directed by newcomer N Srikanth Reddy. I am grateful that I am getting to do films with big banners. (Starring Sreeleela as the heroine, the film will head to theatres for Sankranthi next year).  

Updated on September 1, 2022