The fact that Indian cinema is finally being recognized as a whole makes Nagarjuna Akkineni thrilled. “It’s becoming a smaller place, the whole industry. It’s good for the industry, we make bigger films, a wider variety of stories, scripts, everything comes out. You get to know the other cultures of living in the same country. It's a fantastic opportunity. I think it's a great opportunity for Indian cinema. We should take this”, the actor says.
With Laal Singh Chaddha, his actor-son Naga Chaitanya recently made his Hindi cinema debut. Nagarjuna Akkineni began by discussing the movie's underwhelming box office performance. “People’s taste after Covid has changed. For some films, they want to see them on TV, and for some, they want to come to theatres. Different reasons for this, one really can’t pinpoint. I saw Laal Singh Chaddha too, it's a nice film. Great acting by everybody. I loved Chay’s (Naga Chaitanya) role in it, he did it so well”, added the actor.
Did the movie's failure worry him as a father? He continues, “Not worry, as an actor you feel… I know how much, when someone puts in so much, and it doesn’t do as well as you expected it to be, then you feel a little…” He elaborates, “Everything will pass. All things must pass. I tell him, ‘Next year you will be smiling. Don’t worry about any experience.’ It will pass, once it passes you smile. It is not easy but that is what life is. The more you accept it, the easier it is to handle it.”