'Wear your mask, sanitise and continue to follow COVID guidelines.'
Mahesh Babu, who won a National Award for his film Maharshi, realises the important of sending out a social message to audiences through cinema.
He tells Subhash K Jha, "I am not saying I will only be part of films with a social message. But as actors with voices that are heard, we have a responsibility towards our fans."
Thank you! Good cinema is always a winner and I feel Maharshi totally deserved it.
Thanks to my Director Vamshi Paidipally for crafting such a powerful message that would resonate with the audience.
During these harsh times, at last we had something to feel happy about.
Are awards important to you even now after winning so many?
Of course, especially the National award.
It means the world when the hard work and team effort is recognised.
Do you think cinema can change society?
I believe cinema can be a catalyst for social change and as an actor, I consider it a great opportunity to be able to bring the right message to the audience.
I am not saying I will only be part of films with a social message.
Entertainment is the primary function of cinema.
But as actors with voices that are heard, we have a responsibility towards our fans.
Tell me about your next project.
My next project is Sarkaru Vaari Paata.
I'm thoroughly enjoying the shooting process and working with a new team.
What is your take on the pandemic?
The pandemic is all around us, which means we should not take things for granted.
COVID is far from gone. It is here to stay for a while.
I urge people to be vigilant all the time.
Wear your mask, sanitise and continue to follow COVID guidelines.
We have to fight this together and we will emerge victorious.