Telugu superstar Nagarjuna Akkineni had done his last Bollywood film in 2003 with ‘LoC Kargil’ and now, 17 years later, the superstar is all set to make a comeback with Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, and Amitabh Bachchan starrer ‘Brahmastra’.
The reason why he chose to take such a long time to make a comeback was that he was never “chasing a dream” of having a career in the Hindi film industry, and nothing has changed even today, Nagarjuna said.
“Well, I don’t know what role Bollywood played in my career. I’ve never looked at it that way. I have never looked at it as a career in Bollywood. Now, people like me in Bollywood, and anywhere, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, or Mumbai. My films are watched, and that means my producer gets a little more money to play with while making a film. So, it helps an actor’s career. But, I’ve never looked at the craving of acceptance in Bollywood,” Nagarjuna told Hindustan Times.
After establishing himself in the Telugu film industry, Nagarjuna made his Bollywood debut in 1990 with ‘Shiva’, and went on to do films such as ‘Khuda Gawah’ (1992), ‘Drohi’ (1992), ‘Criminal’ (1995), and ‘Zakhm’ (1998).
Nagarjuna also confessed that he was touched when after so many years, Karan Johar along with director Ayan Mukerji reached out to him for the role. He said, “I was happy and I was very much interested when I saw what they were offering me.”
Speaking about doing more Bollywood films, Nagarjuna said, “Well, if something nice comes up and if I fit the bill, I’d love to do the Bollywood film. But at this point of time, I’m very comfortable with where I am.”