9 August 1975 
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Residence||Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Telangana, India|
|Alma mater||Loyola College Chennai|
|Years active||1979â€“1990, 1999â€“present|
|Parent(s)||Krishna (father), Indira (mother)|
Who cares and remembers if my last film was a success? I need to work harder.
When I am shooting a film, and it has a big schedule, I make sure that I take a week off with the family. It gives you new energy.
Pressure is there with any release of mine. It's more my own, as I need to surpass my own expectations.
'Brahmotsavam' is a love story set in a family backdrop… It's all about relationships people have on different levels.
While I did not get any formal training in acting, every summer vacation, from the age of five, my father would take me to Ooty with him, and I would do films as a child star. I did over 10 films like that, and it was understood that post finishing my education, I would become an actor.
I am a shy person, basically. I don't think I can take my shirt off in front of so many people. I never thought about it. No one asked me to. But I don't even know if people like it if they see me without a shirt all of a sudden. But let's see, if a film demands it, I might just do it.
In fitness, there are no short cuts. It involves immense discipline and hard work.
'Selvandhan' is my first dubbed venture, which will release simultaneously with the original. It is a family drama. It has familiar Tamil faces, and I hope it does well.
My father usually does not talk to me about my films, and it was a pleasant moment when he appreciated me the first time.
I like to tread uncharted territory and push myself in terms of performance.
Being a father is the most important thing, if you ask me. It changed me as a person and gave me an all new life.
Our entire film fraternity should be proud of 'Baahubali.' These are the kind of films that are not made very often.
From my childhood, I am like this. I never go parties and attend functions.
I try to make my fans happy by working hard in every film of mine, and I give my films everything I've got.
I don't know how to put it, but I don't have many friends. All my friends circle was in Madras, and I lost touch with them. But I'm friends with all my directors, and they are very important for me.
I don't have any dream role. I give my 100% to every character I play, and when the film clicks, it automatically becomes a dream role.
For a Tamil debut, I wanted to make sure the script is the right one. We are hopeful 'Bramhotsavam' will be that film.
You see, at 25, I was very new to my craft. I was raw as an actor; my exposure was limited… No matter what field you are in, experience adds to your personality.
In modern life, we tend to forget family values because of the hectic schedule.
I always believe that one can't interfere in another's work. Once I start work on any film, I surrender myself completely and blindly follow the director.
Gautham was a premature baby. I remember when doctors said that his health condition was critical, I was tense. I could afford the treatment, but a lot of commoners can't. I believe more children's lives can be saved if we work towards it.
I struggled to kick the habit – I would make a decision to give up smoking, but it was hard. I couldn't resist the urge to steal a smoke. It was at that time that I was gifted Allen Carr's book 'The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.' After I read that book, I didn't touch a fag again.
People used to say I'm weak in comedy. But, with 'Mahesh Khaelja' and 'Dookudu,' I have proved that I am good at comedy.
My son Gautham usually doesn't watch my films. But he watched 'Srimanthudu' in the theatre.
I'm under pressure with all my films. And the reason we are always under pressure is because it's only in our profession that months and even years of hard work is judged by the first show on Friday.
Whatever my father did were great films. I don't want to remake any of them.
We were five kids at home, and my mother and grandmother ensured that we all had a very grounded upbringing in Madras. Even in school, I never used to tell anyone that my dad was an actor.
When people say they take hits and flops in their stride, I personally feel that they are just lying. Of course, I'm upset when my movies flop. I take it very personally.
I am very close to my brother Ramesh Babu. When my father was away for shootings, my brother would take care of me, and I am very close to him, and yes, Dad's always special.
Once I finish shooting, I head straight home and spend time with my family. It's only when I have to promote my films that I make public appearances.
A hit film is what we work for as actors, as that goes to show that we have managed to entertain our audiences who shower us with their love and affection throughout the years.
I was born and brought up in Chennai, as the entire Telugu film industry was based there.
In modern life, we tend to forget family values because of the hectic schedule.
A lot of things and a lot of money is involved in a movie. It is very upsetting when a movie doesn't fare well at the box-office.
I don't want to smoke on screen, as I will be sending a wrong message to my fans, and I appeal to my costars too, to avoid smoking scenes if possible.
My director is usually aware of what works for me and what doesn't. For 'Srimanthudu,' I have to give full credit to director Koratala Sivagaru for handling my character the way he did.
My father is an amazing person. While he was a huge star, he never carried his stardom home and always remained simple and just our father at home. I have four siblings, and we were all very grounded. We lived a very simple life: would go in an auto rickshaw to school, played with normal boys.
Everybody has been saying 'Srimanthudu' is the best film of my career. After watching the film, Dad told me that he's never seen me perform like this. I just couldn't stop myself from crying.
I prefer to believe it's my responsibility if a film of mine works or doesn't work.
Yes, 'Aagadu' was a failure. I was dejected for a couple of months, since there was a lot at stake.
'Baahubali''s success augurs well for the Telugu film industry as a whole. It has opened up new markets.
I really don't know the secret to it, but I'd like to think my desirability is a combination of my personality, my image, and, most importantly, the kind of films I do.
You have to be a little commercial, and that's what I learnt over the years.
True, I was born and raised in Chennai, fluent in Tamil, but essentially, I am a Telugu guy and a Telugu actor.
Stress and looks are directly connected as far as I am concerned. If you are happy, you look good.
Over the years, I've learnt from co-actors, directors, technicians, and even from junior artists.
We don't give importance to Page 3 or to appear at all the events. Our focus is on our kids and our home.
I try to do as much as I can, but I simply can't shoot two films at a time.
Siva is one of the best writers in the industry, and 'Srimanthudu' is a great script.
My father is my idol, and I have grown up watching his films. He is my biggest influence and inspiration. I have learnt a lot from him, and I am who I am because of him. I'm extremely grateful to him for that.
Initially, when I joined Twitter, I was active. But, later, I felt that whatever I was tweeting or saying on a social platform turned out to be a little boring.
'Bramhotsavam' is a celebration of families, life and togetherness. It's a film I hold close to my heart.
On the clothes front, I have a designer who sits with the director for each film to chalk out a look for me based on the script.
Whenever I deliver a hit, I can see a glow on my father's face. Sometimes, I think he turns 10 to 15 years younger when I deliver a hit.
Since my father was a superstar, without me knowing it, I became a child star, as my father's entire fan base liked me, and I can't thank my father enough for this, as it was so effortless.
'Srimanthudu' is a film very close to my heart. It's my first production, and I'm more than happy with its performance at the box office.
Over the years, I have worked very hard to achieve what I have so far. But I've not been alone in this journey. A lot of the credit for this goes to my fans – it's because of them that I'm here today.
'Srimanthudu' was very important for me and my career at that time, so I was tensed. But for 'Brahmotsavam,' honestly speaking, I am more excited because of its content. I have attempted something new, and I am keen to see how the audience receives it.
Over the years, with all the experience, I've become more mature about the subjects I pick. I have a better understanding of what works at the box office. Once the story is finalised, I surrender to the director and follow him. After that, my performances speak for themselves.
When my film flops, I believe it is my mistake. There have been times when I didn't come out of my house because my films didn't do well. I lock myself in for months. I don't talk to people. I feel bad for producer, director, for those who lost money. It's never about myself or my career alone.
Directing a film requires a different set of skills. It is a difficult job, and I am happy being an actor.
The only thing I have learnt over the years is that if you enjoy your work and put in the best efforts, it will show. If you follow this process, things work out. But if you go chasing a formula, success will elude you.
I was 13 – 14 when I first tasted stardom. In the summer holidays, my dad made me act in these films that went on to become superhits. I became a child star.
First and foremost, I look for a great script. Then, the team that I am working with. Only then, we will be able to come up with a good film.
I am very close to my brother Ramesh Babu. When my father was away for shootings, my brother would take care of me, and I am very close to him, and yes, Dad's always special. He used to call me and enquire about my film's progress. Whenever I deliver a hit, I can see a glow on my father's face.
I grew up in Madras and did my schooling at St. Bedes and college at Loyola.
I'm very thankful to all my fans for their constant love and support. I am what I am because of their unconditional love.
I work out every day – and my daily routine is a mix of functional and strength training.
As long as I am acting, I will do only Telugu films. I want to take Telugu films to the world. Everyone should talk about our films.
I try to work on a film that my audiences would appreciate and enjoy their time in a theatre.
When I work on a movie, I never aim for records, collections or the number one position. I always concentrate on my work and look for ways to improve my acting abilities. I also advise my co-stars not to concentrate on these pretty issues and just focus on acting.
Telugu audiences love cinema. They won't let a good film down, and they've proved this with the way they accepted 'Srimanthudu.'