After back to back sensational hits like Soggade Cjinni Nayana and Oopiri, Akkineni Nagarjuna was in good box office form during the middle portions of the last decade. But unfortunately, wrong script choices and delays in crazy projects resulted in the loss of momentum. Else, he would have expanded his market range just like fellow senior top hero Victory Venkatesh has. Films like Officer and Manmadhudu 2 made him go into retrospection. Now, it seems he’s back on the right path.
For that, our close sources are commenting that King Nag is following the footsteps of Hollywood action star Keanu Reeves. After ruling the entirety of 1990s and early 2000s, Hollywood action hero Keanu Reeves lost everything and became a symbol for bad luck. He also experienced several personal tragedies. After being in obscurity for more than a decade, he bounced back with a low budget action thriller - John Wick. The film where he played the role of a middle-aged killer turned out to be a blockbuster and spanned a successful franchise.
Similarly, Nagarjuna is also planning to do middle-age action hero roles. His upcoming Wild Dog is a small budget actioner in the lines of John Wick (here the hero is an encounter specialist instead of a killer). Nagarjuna has the stylish good looks and a great ruggedly handsome screen presence similar to Keanu Reeves. Nag’s next film is with Praveen Sattaru which is said to be a high-octane action thriller with military intelligence agencies as the base subject.
Another long awaited project is the remake of Bollywood action thriller Raid which involves heist scenes. So, with all these projects, which suit not just his age and his stylish screen presence, Nag can introduce a rare genre to the Tollywood audience and create himself a special market like Keanu Reeves did. Middle-aged action hero. Of course, there are several heroines who could be interested in such projects like Tabu, Anushka Shetty, and Shriya Saran.