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‘Actions for Waltair Veerayya & Veera Simha Reddy are based on its characterisation’

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As Tollywood’s two much-awaited films Waltair Veerayya & Veera Simha Reddy will be hitting the theatres soon, the renowned action master duo Ram-Laxman interacted with the Hyderabadi media sharing their experience working with two of the biggest stars of the industry.

Twin Action choreographers Ram-Laxman are two familiar faces in the Telugu film industry. For over two decades, the duo has been entertaining the audience with their mind-numbing stunt sequences. Their gravity-defying action choreography in films like Legend, Khaidi No. 150, Rangasthalam, Sarileru Neekevvaru, Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, Akhanda, and Pushpa: The Rise has managed to leave the regular movie-goer speechless long after the film ends. Although there’s heavy criticism over these exaggerated fight sequences, a wide section of the demographic across the nation loves watching bad guys bouncing off the ground and flying in the air.

The stuntmen are popular for choreographing stylized sequences that make the impossible look believable. One can sense the effort that goes into creating these visual spectacles on screen. Once again, the action duo is back to mesmerize the audience this January with two big commercial films. Megastar Chiranjeevi’s Waltair Veerayya and Nandamuri Balakrishna’s Veera Simha Reddy are up for a grand Sankranthi ‘23 release. In a recent interview, Ram-Laxman shared their experience working with two of the biggest stars in the industry.

There’s no doubt that Ram and Laxman are two tough twins. However, when one comes face to face with stars like Balakrishna and Chiranjeevi, thanks to their enormous star power, it is safe to say that one would feel a tad nervous in their presence.

“Both Balayya babu and Chiranjeevi Garu have different body language and we choreographed the fights accordingly. Balayya babu is someone who understands the emotion behind why he has to hit a character. Now that he’s playing a dual role in the film, we tried something new. We’re hoping that people will like it because we always create fights keeping them in our minds. Coming to Waltair Veeraya, we were really impressed when director Bobby first told us about Chiranjeevi Garu’s characterization in the film. We’re his fans and while shooting with him on day one, we just couldn’t take our eyes off Annaya. We composed a unique fight scene with him where he’ll be seen in a lungi. That scene took us down memory lane. Both stars have gotten younger with age and we enjoyed working with them,” shared the duo.

A collaboration is longer when the people involved in it do not respect each other’s opinions. Speaking of their camaraderie, Ram-Laxman explained, “When we really love the work that we do, it is natural to have a difference of opinion. Of course, we keep arguing over certain decisions but we take it in our stride. We always give two versions to the director. He picks the option he finds better. Without content and characterization, no fight would work. We give everything to the craft and at the end of the day, both of us want the end product and the performer to look great on the screen. When we don’t agree upon an idea, one us of take the back seat and compromise for the greater good. On this occasion, we’d like to thank our stunt team for making everything look seamless. We are process-oriented and we feel expecting too much would only lead to disappointment. ”

Waltair Veerayya and Veera Simha Reddy are going to hit the screens on the 12th and 13th of this month. For the first time in the history of the Telugu Film Industry, two films bankrolled by the same production house i.e. Mythri Movie Makers are going to clash against each other at the box office. All told, having worked on both films, it looks like the fight masters are eagerly looking forward to hearing good things from the mass audience.

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