Dr. Rajasekhar started his career more or less around the same time Tollywood’s senior top heroes like Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna, Nagarjuna, and Venkatesh started to find their feet in the 1980s. He carved a niche for himself with police genre films and his most famous film being Ankusham. He was the quintessential Angry Young Man of Telugu Cinema during the late 1980s and 1990s.
He has seen his stardom fall in the 2000s and 2010s but bounced back to announce himself to the millennials with Praveen Sattaru’s PSV Garuda Vega. Later he found himself in a cop role and rolled back years in the Prasanth Varma directorial Kalki. Despite an indifferent box office result, the film proved he has the ability that takes to make him get noticed by the audience and critics of this generation.
Now, he’s planning to score a solid commercial blockbuster with his next. As such he’s joining hands with the forgotten National Award winning filmmaker Neelakanta. You may remember Neelakanta for films like Show (for which he won National Award for Best Screenplay) and Missamma with Bhoomika Chawla. The film is said to be an entertainer which Rajasekhar hasn’t acted in, in a long long time.
Though mostly known for serious roles, Rajasekhar has a good comic timing and scored big hits with entertainers like Allari Priyudu. This is an interesting choice. Neelakanta despite not having multiple successes like his talent deserves is a well respected filmmaker. It’ll be interesting to see how he handles this senior hero who is also in the need of a commercial success.