Filmmaker V.V. Vinayak admits he was under constant pressure while working with debut actor Akkineni Akhil, the younger son of Akkineni Nagarjuna,
in the forthcoming eponymously titled Telugu film “Akhil”. “It’s always a huge responsibility to launch a star’s son. It was no different in the case of Akhil. But thankfully Nagarjuna never let the pressure affect me. Although he was concerned about his son’s big launch, he was very helpful too,” Vinayak said. “Akhil” releases worldwide on Wednesday. It also features debutante Sayyeshaa.
Talking about the young star in the making, Vinayak says Akhil will go a long way.
“He has the kind of determination I wish all young actors possess. He absolutely has no qualms of coming from a star’s family. He’s always willing to learn and give multiple takes if required. He has all the qualities of a full-fledged commercial hero,a he said.
The film was originally slated to release on October 22 on the occasion of Dussehra, but now finally hits the screens on Diwali.
The delay in the release, Vinayak says, was due to “some graphics work”. He also denied rumours that Nagarjuna was upset with the output.
“Thanks to the delay, we’re now releasing the film in more number of screens. We wouldn’t have got a wider release had we released it back then,” he said.
“Nagarjuna never intervened in the creative aspects of the film. As a father, he was only concerned about giving his son the best launch, which is quite normal,” he added.