Blab with Sandy: Actor Kireeti Damaraju

Blab With Sandy: Actor Kireeti Damaraju

Hello Folks! This week’s “Blab with Sandy” has actor Kireeti Damaraju with us. Kireeti Damaraju was seen in films like Uyyala Jampala, Second Hand, Bham Bolenath, Meeku Meere Maaku Meme, Mental Madhilo, Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi, Chal Mohan Ranga and others. He will soon be seen in Vijay Devarakonda’s Taxiwaala. I must admit, this was one of the most entertaining and informative interviews till date! Let’s dive into the blab i had with him:

Sandy: What changes did “Anukokunda” bring to your life?

Kireeti: (Smiles) It did bring in a lot many changes. It gave me visibility and people still remember me for my role in “Anukokunda”. You asking me about it in itself is an achievement, isn’t it? 🙂 The short film went viral during the time when Youtube and short films rage just started.

Tharun Bhascker and Ritu Varma deserve a lot of credit and I was just a part of the magic. Girls still message me that I was cute in “Anukokunda” and that they liked my performance.

Visibility is proportionate to popularity. My first short “Onti Ganta” was different and after people saw “Anukokunda”, many felt “Woah! Kireeti can do such witty roles too?” 🙂 A natural actor in me was spotted by Tharun Bhasckar and that was the key to success.

Sandy: Favorite pass time apart from movies? What else are you into apart from acting?

Kireeti: I watch a lot of films! I like to analyze films and learn about human relations, storytelling and understating life whilst watching movies. I love physiological thrillers, fiction and films which give kick to my senses. Films are like a mother to me! 🙂

Quick Shot Round:

  • Uyyala Jampala: Hahaha, First break!
  • Meeku Meere Maaku Meme: Memorable character and a darling team
  • Sri Vishnu: Brother
  • Ram Pothineni: Intriguing eyes and stunning personality
  • Hyderabad: Hometown 🙂
  • Ritu Verma: My First Heroine
  • Tollywood: My Office Address 🙂

Sandy: If a movie was made of your life, what genre would it be and what would you name it?

Kireeti: Hahahaha…interesting question. I pass it on to you Sandy! You tell me your answer 🙂

Sandy: Ah! Thriller, as you like that genre and would name it “Guide”. You play a tourist guide and get embroiled in a funny yet serious situation which needs you to use your brains and come out of the tricky situation. 🙂

Kireeti: LOL! I don’t think it will work out…hahaha!

Sandy: Your favorite hangout places in Hyderabad?

Kireeti: Nirvana Bistro (Near Peddamma Temple)

 Sandy: You are stuck in a lift and you can have only two accompanying you. Who would those two be?

Kireeti: Hahaha! Lift is in Hyderabad or anywhere in the world?

Sandy: Let’s go with Hyderabad 🙂

Kireeti: Pawan Kalyan and Kathi Mahesh.

 Sandy: Pick your favorite role from all your films.

Kireeti: It would be “Second Hand”.

Sandy: Directors you want to work with?

Kireeti: Would love to work with many directors. To pick only one, it would be Rajkumar Hirani.

Sandy: Your upcoming films?

Kireeti: Taxiwala, Kalyan Dev (Chiranjeevi’s Son-in-Law’s debut film) which is produced by Varahi Chalana Chitram banner, Kona Venkat production’s with Aadhi Pinisetty and Tapsee Pannu, Vyjayanthi Movies project, one web series and some biggies in the pipeline.

I recently worked on a theatre play ” Markandeya” (based on Shakespeare’s play Macbeth). I am also concentrating on body building.

Sandy: Any recent film which you watched and liked it immensely?

Kireeti: Rangasthalam

Sandy: Any piece of advice you would want to give people who are trying to enter films?

Kireeti: I feel I am not in a position to give advice to newcomers. I criticize myself and my work a lot! 🙂 But, I would love to give them an important piece of information.

If you really want to come into films, you must give it a full time. Try to explore and analyze your skills and uniqueness. Make videos, short films and try working in web series. Many people have dreams to enter the film industry but once you start trying, only then shall you know how desperate you are and how badly you want to make it happen.

Do not go with what people say. You need to understand yourself. Films are not the only creative things to express yourself. Earn money and explore more before making the plunge.

Sandy: Wonderfully said Kireeti! Would want you to dive deep on this front and let us know your about your journey.

Kireeti: I learnt theatre at Adishakti Arts and Research center in Pondicherry.  I worked as a UX designer in a Software firm at Bengaluru and used to travel to Hyderabad simultaneously to shoot for films. I used to travel back and forth, work from caravan and manage leaves but never did I leave my job.

I worked in “Anukokunda”, “Onti Ganta”, “Many Happy Returns” of Gunnam Gangaraju, “Uyyala Jampala” while I was working in Bengaluru. I worked on 10 feature films, 7 short films, 1 TV series (13 episodes) by the time i left my job. I worked in a web series called “Social” and many informative videos such as “Healthy Food in Hyderabad”, etc.

I left recently left my job to try my full time in movies but only after earning some bucks and understanding my abilities as an actor. One suggestion I would like to give is, please do not leave your jobs without having a proper set up to enter films. Have patience and wait for the right break.

I don’t empathize with people who complain that things did not work out.  Do not complain, instead keep on trying hard.

Only when you have apt confidence that you can sustain full time in films, shall you make your plunge into film industry.


Sandy: Few words about Hyderabad Local

Kireeti: I am very shy. I do not like to give interviews but something made me say yes to you Sandy! 🙂

Rao garu, keep doing your best. As I conveyed, follow your dreams and see where they take you too! Wish that Hyderabad Local, slowly and steadily becomes as big as you want it to be. 🙂

Editor’s note: Kireeti Damaraju spoke at length about the importance of one’s career and gave valuable inputs. Hyderabad Local appreciates his nature and wishes him the best for his upcoming films.

-Interview by Sandeep Rao Kanukolanu (Sandy)


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