Naga Chaitanya made his Bollywood debut in Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha. He is a prominent superstar in Telugu Cinema but never tried his hands on Hindi films. However, he finally entered the Hindi market and when asked what took it so long he said his poor Hindi. The superstar maintained that he don’t have a strong hold on Hindi and that stopped him to take this big step.
Even in Laal Singh Chaddha, he agreed because his character Bala hails from South India. Now all eyes are on Chaitanya venturing in Bollywood along with delivering south hits. People loved him as Bala in the remake of Forrest Gump and now they are wondering if they will be treated with Chay’s performance in Hindi movies more.
When questioned about doing more Bollywood movies he mentioned it’s like an alter ego playing in the Hindi market. He said: “A lot of what I did in Laal Singh Chaddha in Hindi, I cannot do in a Telugu film. I don’t know how it will be accepted. It might backfire. It’s definitely like an alter ego playing in the Hindi market. I feel I’m still not completely known to everyone and I’d like to use it to my advantage.”
He went on to add, “All this while I’ve been trying to establish myself in the south. But I really wanted to enter the Hindi market. However, my Hindi is not the best and I was really insecure. In Laal Singh Chaddha I was being cast for playing a Telugu boy. They wanted my essence, my language, the style and the diction to be slightly south Indian. So I think this transition was perfect to give me the confidence to say ‘I would fit in a Hindi film’. I think I needed a transition like this.”
Laal Singh Chaddha was released yesterday and despite facing a boycott trend it was praised by many. Yet it had a slow run at the box office. The comedy-drama stars Kareena Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Naga Chaitanya, and Mona Singh in the lead role. It has been directed by Adavait Chandan and produced by Aamir Khan Productions.