EXCLUSIVE! Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya Actor Satyadev: Love To Do Out Of The Box Roles

Satyadev Kancharana is cruising through in his career and has been making some spectacular choices.  Be it a protagonist, character artist or antagonist, the iSmart Shankar actor has had a terrific journey so far in Tollywood.  Satyadev garnered fame for his role in Puri Jagannadh’s Jyothi Lakshmi in 2015.  Since then, there has been no stopping for Satyadev as he has been continuously delivering impressive performances with films like Bluff Master and Brochevarevarura.  He is yet again gearing to impress the movie buffs with his acting prowess in his upcoming film Uma Maheswara Ugra Roopasya, a remake of acclaimed Malayalam film Maheshinte Prathikaram which starred Fahadh Faasil.

In an exclusive interview with Telugu Filmnagar, Satyadev speaks about his upcoming film Uma Maheshwara Rao Ugra Roopasya and about his experimentation with different roles in each film.

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Your CV boasts of a variety of films.  Is it a conscious effort to do different films?

Yes, my CV boasts a variety of films and it is definitely a conscious effort.  I love to do versatile roles, I love it as it pumps me up, I want to create a bridge between an antagonist, protagonist and a character role.  Of course, my preference will be for lead roles but suppose let’s say, if all the three lead roles are the same, I would love to do some out of the box roles as it gives me the kick and pumps me up.  It is definitely a conscious effort and I want to do different roles, it is always in my head to be different.

From a supporting role to a lead role, you’ve done it all.  Will we see you doing roles with grey shades too?

Yes definitely, like I have said, I have already done a grey shade role in Raagala 24 Gantallo, I have also done in a web series called Locked, which is a superhit.  So, yes I have done grey shades too, I’m game for everything which kicks and pumps me up.  If it’s the lead role or grey shade role, be it anything, if you ask me to do an old man role, like a 60 year man or like a woman, I would love to do that too.  Be it any role, it should provide some versatility.


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Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya is a remake of an acclaimed Malayalam film, and that comes with a baggage of expectations.  How did you go about preparing for the role?

Obviously, expectations are very high and in my opinion, making a remake is the most difficult thing to do.  No matter, how good you act or make a movie, there is always a certain perception in the mind of people about the film.  The thought of meeting the expectations of people who have already watched the original film is very stressful.  At one point, director Maha and I thought if we think about this film that way, we can never do the film.  We just thought, let’s forget everything and do a fresh start for Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya. That’s how we approached and that’s how we have done the film.


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Talking about the current pandemic situation, do you think OTT is the new way for films?

I don’t think anything like that.  OTT was set to be parallel to mainstream films.  OTT was set to be like in 2022 but because of the Coronavirus, OTT has become a parallel thing in 2020 itself. So OTT and mainstream films, I would compare it to like the main international cricket matches and IPL.  International and IPL, both have business, both have their own importance. So OTT is like IPL and the importance of mainstream films will never become less, it will be the same always.  But at the same time, OTT is a very good platform, it has already taken place in Hollywood, in Bollywood it has already started, so Tollywood is making a slow transition there.  OTT will be a part of our lives and there is no second thought about it.

What was that one thing that convinced you to do Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya?

There is more than one thing which convinced me to do Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya. One is Maha Venkatesh and the other one is I loved the original film, so these are the two things.  But Maha is one which made me stuck to the film, Maha is such a conventional director who can pull out natural performance from the actor and who is already known for her slice of work in C/O Kancharapalem.  So I thought there is no one other than Maha who could do Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya.  In 2016 the original film was released but no one bought the remake rights because Maha had the conviction to do so.  Maha and I, both wanted to tell the story to  the Telugu people and that’s why we have taken the film.


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From playing wink-and a miss roles in films like Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu and Attarintiki Daaredhi, you’ve come a long way.  What kept you pushing in those testing times?

To be honest, Mr. Perfect was my first film and Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu and Attarintiki Daaredhi, they all are equally important to me.  Those films made me what I’m today, they are the very first opportunities I got and for the first time, I have come in front of the camera and got to watch myself on the screen.  So these are very very important for an upcoming actor and I wouldn’t call them testing times.  Anyone, be it any profession, that’s how you grow, you need to start off somewhere and with your persistence and what you want to be in life will combine into something great.  That’s what pushes everyone, be it any profession so I wouldn’t call it testing times.  I would call the opportunities knocking at my door to take it up.


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One habit that you developed during the lockdown that you would carry for the rest of life.

I have been writing, reading, watching films and working out.  Just like every other person in this world, I’m trying to be sane during this tough time.  If this will pass, everything will be back to normal until then we all just need to be sane. 

If you could go back in time and change one thing about your career, what would that be?

Absolutely nothing, I think my career has been the best for me because it’s been exponential from my first film to Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya.  Everything has been exponential, so what better than exponential progression.  I’m totally satisfied with my career and remain to be an exponential progression.

We at Telugu Filmnagar wish Satyadev Kancharana, all the very best for his upcoming film Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya and also hope he entertains the audience with more versatile roles in the upcoming years.


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