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'Credit for Pokiri goes to Puri'

Telugu star Mahesh Babu gives credit to director Puri Jagannath for the biggest hit of his career.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2006 13:38 IST

Telugu star Mahesh Babu gives credit to director Puri Jagannath for the biggest hit of his career in Pokiri, which is breaking box office records.

"If I have to attribute the success to just one person, then it has to be Puri Jagannath. He came up with a novel script and narrated it interestingly," Mahesh said.

Mahesh is equally excited about his next release Sainikudu and hopes to complete a hat-trick after the successes of Athadu and Pokiri.

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How do you feel about a record-breaking hit in Pokiri?

I am truly excited about its success because I could reach out to all sections of the audience with the film. It has already registered unprecedented collections and I expect it to cross the Rs 400 million mark. Recently, my sister got married and I am savouring two happy events.

 

 Mahesh Babu in a scene from Pokiri

To whom would you attribute the success? Did you anticipate it while first hearing the script?

If I have to attribute the success to just one person, then it has to be Puri Jagannath. He came up with a novel script and narrated it interestingly.

Obscene dialogues and excessive violence fetched the movie an A certificate.

If you look at the lines from the point of view of the character, they are justified. But we didn't cross the line of decency.

I can name films, which went overboard (like showing football as a game with butchered heads in one instance), but I think we did everything in limits. I also think family audiences weren't put off.

Will you score a hat-trick with Sainikudu after giving two consecutive hits Athadu and Pokiri?

I think my marriage with Namritha has changed my fortunes as I have delivered two back-to-back hits. Sainikudu is happening at the right time.

After Okkadu and Arjun, it is my third film with director Gunasekar. I am equally excited about it.

Can you elaborate on your forthcoming films?

I have decided to pick good and interesting roles. Also, I think I have matured in judging good scripts. This maturity will caution me against choosing idiotic scripts like Bobby and Takari Donga.