“It’s going to be the fans’ day,” says Upendra. I have asked them not to bring garlands or cakes. Instead, I have asked them to write about a particular issue within 18 words on a piece of paper and drop it in a box. The best ones will get a prize, just to encourage them.”
This birthday is also special for Upendra as his political outfit, Prajakeeya, has completed five years, “People, especially youngsters, are talking about the principles of Prajakeeya which shows it has made an impact. Prajakeeya is a voter’s party, they should openly question elected representatives. Only then can we expect changes,” he explains.
‘Not every film can be a pan India film’
On shooting for pivotal scenes for UI in Mysuru, the actor shares, “The movie is shaping up very well. The title itself says many things, I don’t want to reveal any details now.”
Talking about Kabzaa, his first pan-India film, he reveals, “Kabzaa is R Chandra’s dream project which has been in the pipeline for over three years now. Earlier, my movies were first released in Kannada and later, dubbed and released in various Indian languages. This is the first time that my movie is being released in multiple languages in November and December. Everything has its own pros and cons. The pan India concept has given a wider market, but not every film can be a pan India film.”
Speaking of OTT, he states, “It has certainly increased cinema viewers and content-rich films. Previously, there were only two options: cinema halls and television. Now, people can view films in their own time. Changes keep happening, but we have to go with the flow. I don’t have immediate plans to direct or act for OTT content.”
When asked about his children entering films, he added, “My daughter has played a few cameos. They are still studying. It is left to them to choose whichever field they would like to explore.”