Harish Shankar: Allu Arjun’s hard work motivated me to push harder

The director says that Allu Arjun is an inspiration and his hard work motivates everyone around.

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Duvvada Jagannadham is one of the biggest releases in the careers of director Harish Shankar and Stylish Star Allu Arjun given the number of screens it is being released in. The trailers and songs from Duvvada Jagannadham have created a lot of buzz around the cinema and movie-goers in Telugu are quite excited about the release of DJ. Starring Pooja Hegde in the female lead role, Duvvada Jagannadham is hitting the theaters worldwide on June 23rd, 2017.

Director Harish Shankar says that actor Allu Arjun put in a lot of hard work for his role as a brahmin cook in the film and did some intensive research on it. Speaking to a leading daily about it, Harish Shankar said,” When Arjun came on board, it became a really big project. His hard work is inspiring and it in turn motivated me to push harder. After I told him about his character, he started interacting with Brahmin priests and cooks. We shot for 110 days. On most days, even after we pack up, he’d sit and discuss scenes for the next day.”

Allu Arjun in Duvvada Jagannadham

The director also said that comparisons were bound to happen when an actor dons a similar role that an actor would have played in the past, referring to NTR’s role as Sastry in Adhurs. ” All of us were aware of such comparisons. If such is the case, nobody would have made another cop film after Ankusam, and it also applies to my biggest hit, Gabbar Singh or even Pataas. What one needs to understand is that when a different actor plays the same character, everything about the role changes. A different actor brings different body language and style to a character, so naturally everything changes about the film. DJ has a very different backdrop and it can’t be compared with Adhurs,” said the Gabbar Singh director.

Harish Shankar was all praise for actress Pooja Hegde for her skills and intelligence. “When I heard her sing at the audio launch of Mukunda, I was mighty impressed. Being a non-Telugu girl, her effort to sing showed her commitment. She’s a very intelligent girl and is equally hard working. It was so much fun working with Pooja,” added Harish Shankar.

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