MurIi Sharma’s phone has been beeping incessantly post the release of ‘Bhale Bhale Magadivoy’ (BBM), in which he played a strong supporting role. “I’ve been getting calls like never before. This is the first time I played such a role (Lavanya Tripati’s father) and I would like to thank and credit director Maruthi for the success,” beams Murli, adding, “The film’s triumph is a giant leap and gave me an opportunity to try and look different. I started to command respect after ‘BBM’ and people who spotted me at airports showered praises on my performance. They were surprised to see me look so young.”

Murli, who’ll be seen in an important role in Sushanth-starrer ‘Aatadukundam… Raa’ in Telugu next, admits that it was difficult initially to look the part in the Nani-starrer. “Since I’ve been doing aggressive roles, it was difficult to play a conservative father. But slowly I started getting into the groove,” he avers, smiling, “My family too saw the film; my 12-year-old nephew insisted I keep doing such roles.”

Admittedly, Murli says taking a break from playing the usual cop roles was a welcome change. “Yes, it was a conscious effort on my end. I was apprehensive that I was getting typecast and so I started taking up different roles and ‘BBM’ is a part of that. Also, I’ve been working frequently in South films and it is making me open up and push the envelope as far as my skills are concerned,” explains the Guntur-born, who’ll be seen in Hindi film ‘Wazir’, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar, up next.
By Sashidhar Adivi