Mega Prince Varun Tej is a well-transformed actor currently. His latest release Ghani speaks volumes of his transformation both physically and mentally. He gave his career’s best performance in Ghani. Varun Tej had undergone very intense and hardcore training for the film in the last two years, despite all the injuries and other hurdles. Well, Varun Tej spoke about his transformation, his depth in acting, his latest release Ghani and his upcoming film F3: Fun And Frustration in a recent interview with Telugu Filmnagar. Here is what he shared with us.
Mega Prince Varun Tej Exclusive Interview:
Q1. While we look through your journey as an actor, we find every role you played is different from the previous one. Is it a conscious choice or did it just happen that way?
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A. With every movie I do, I cherish the journey and learn more from the experiences. I prefer taking one step at a time and processing life as it comes. I am grateful for how things just happened to lead to a versatile rollout of characters I played in my previous projects. From my end, I make a conscious effort simply to pick scripts and roles based on the screenplay and how the narration flows.
Q2. You had a complete makeover in the trailer of Ghani. What changes did you undergo to prepare for this role?
A. I maintain my body intending to lead a healthy lifestyle but the changes I had in my training regime are radical. It involved a lot more discipline both mentally and physically as well as dedication. I had a personal trainer and a nutritionist hired for the film.
The workout too was up a notch. It contained a minimum of 4 to 5 hours of training and a balanced diet including resting as well!
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Q3. What made you choose the role of a boxer? Have you ever practiced boxing before?
A. The art of storytelling, the characterization of the role, and the confidence in the director are what I look for before I give the green signal. I trained in the US for over 2 months with Tony Jeffries, an Olympian level boxer after which I had the National Level Champion Boxer, Neeraj Ghoyat train me for the role who taught me the nuances of the game. It doesn’t matter if we have practiced boxing before because the game is a lot more complex when you put on the gloves. It was a cherished and enriching experience and I would relive it again.
Q4. You shot for F3 alongside Venkatesh Garu around the same time as Ghani. How did you manage to shift through the characters?
A. I like to challenge myself, the scripts, and roles I pick are based on the screenplay and how the story is being narrated. I am always learning with every film, as every film teaches you something different either personally or professionally. If you ask me what worked for me as an actor, I would say, I am still figuring that out as every day is different and our goal is to reach and entertain all and not just stick to one section of the audience. That truly keeps me alive.
Q5. If you had to choose between spending time with friends and family for a month or working on your favorite script, which one would it be?
A. My number one weakness is my family and friends. They are someone I cannot say no to at any cost. The actor in me would cringe at the thought of giving up a beautiful opportunity of working on my favorite script but as I said, family first, the rest can wait.
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Q6. Since you belong to a family of incredible actors, do you talk about the script or seek their opinion?
A. In all probability, Chiranjeevi uncle is my guiding light and my family is my go-to team when I have roadblocks. That being said, I feel grateful that I make my own decisions in life by which my friends and family stand by like anchors. So more than opinion or validation, I believe that I need their support and motivation.
Q7. What does the word “ happy “ sound to you like? Describe an instance where you felt the happiest?
A. Spending time with my close ones, my friends and my family is synonymous with “happy” for me.
Written By Shami Belde
Also Read: Ghani Telugu Movie Review