Shiva. So he asks me to take it as a learning experience and do so positively,â€? he tells us. Chaitanya started his career at a time when competition was stiff, from cousin Rana Daggubati to Allu Arjun and Ram Charan Teja. â€œCompetition is healthy; it will keep me going. Otherwise Iâ€™ll be lazy. There wonâ€™t be inspiration. By the way, we are all good friends RIIVFUHHQÂ´KHFRQÂżUPV 'HVSLWHWKHWZRĂ€RSVWKHDFWRULVVWLOORSHQWRH[SHULPHQWVLQKLV roles. For instance, Autonagar Surya is an experiment. â€œThere is GHÂżQLWHO\DFKDQJHLQLPDJHÂ´KHH[SODLQVÂł([SHULPHQWLQJLVIXQ 7KRXJKLWLVDQDFWLRQÂżOP$XWRQDJDU6XU\DLVDQLQWHQVHSROLWLFDO drama, based on the unions and political mix-ups of the 1960s and 1980s..â€? )RUIDQVDÂżOPZLWKDOOWKHWKUHH$NNLQHQLVLVWKHSHUIHFWUHFLSHIRU PRYLHPDJLFÂł:HZRXOGORYHWRGRDÂżOPWRJHWKHULIWKHVFULSW is right. We donâ€™t want to go wrong,â€? he smiles. And what about &KDLWDQ\DVKDULQJVFUHHQVSDFHZLWK9HQNDWHVKDQG5DQD":RXOGQÂśW WKDWEHVLPSO\VHQVDWLRQDO"Âł0\JUDQGIDWKHU5DPD1DLGXLVDOZD\V looking for scripts,â€? he says cryptically, keeping the lid over what the future holds.
And being one of the hot stars in Tollywood, Chaitanya is obviously a part of many link-ups and a favourite with the gossip mills. â€œI laugh it off,â€? he says, as I prod him about the Anushka Shetty link-up, â€œGossip is gossip unless it comes down to the family. I will proudly tell everyone if Iâ€™m engaged. I know the truth, people DURXQGPHNQRZWKHWUXWKÂ´%XWWKHUHFDQÂśWEHVPRNHZLWKRXWÂżUH HVSHFLDOO\ZKHQWKHUHLVWDONDERXWDÂżJKWZLWKKLVFRVWDU.DMDO Aggarwal on the sets of Dhada. â€œI donâ€™t even know how these things start. It would be good if people ask me before publishing such things!â€? he grimaces. For the moment, all these trival talks are water off a duckâ€™s back for Chaitanya, who says he is all about work, â€œI have a lot more to do. I have to prove myself. I donâ€™t think the audience is convinced yet. ,ÂśPOHDUQLQJIURPP\ÂżOPVÂ´7KHMRXUQH\VRIDUKHVD\VKDVEHHQ DPD]LQJÂł7LPHKDVĂ€RZQVRIDVW7KH\VD\KDUGZRUNSD\V%XW so many people work harder. Ultimately, fate and luck matter. You have to be at the right place, at the right time. Cinema has opened my eyes to a whole new world. I consider myself lucky to be able WRJHWDÂżUPIRRWKROGLQWKLVLQGXVWU\ZKHUHSHRSOHZLWKVRPXFK talent are struggling to make it!â€?
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