Actor Vijay Deverakonda has had an interesting progress in his career and the young man has seen it all. Having made his debut in Ravi Babu’s directorial Nuvvila which released in 2011, it took a bit of time for Vijay to prove his calibre. Vijay played a brief role in Sekhar Kammula’s Life is Beautiful but he didn’t get much recognition in it. It was the 2015 release Yevade Subramanyam, starring Nani, that changed his career. Playing Rishi in Yevade Subramanyam, Vijay’s act in the film make everyone take notice. And then Arjun Reddy in 2017 made him a superstar. Vijay says he is glad that it took time for success to come to him. “To me it feels like I’ve been around for just 2-3 years in the industry. But I’m glad it took time for success to come my way. I wouldn’t have known how to deal with it, had I tasted this kind of admiration first up, trust me it’s not easy to handle, I’d have been extremely lost,” Vijay Deverakonda told TOI in an interview.
Vijay also says that stardom does affect everyone and no one remains the same over a period of time. “It’s insane! When I go out, there are thousands of people waiting for me, screaming and shouting my name. All this love and adulation can affect anyone. I don’t understand why people are reacting that way. In fact, sometimes when I look at myself, I don’t feel like its me, it’s hard to explain,” says Vijay.
Speaking about his debut Tamil film, Vijay says, “I was getting a lot of Tamil offers for a long time, but I kept saying no to all of them because, for me acting has a lot to do with knowing the language. I need to know the meaning of the lines I say. But the story of NOTA was so good, so I thought let’s give it a try and learn Tamil so that it helps me act well. And the makers were keen on casting me for this film and having me do this character, so for me it’s a huge challenge. I don’t know Tamil and I’m learning it for this film, let’s see how it turns out.”