Sal­man is like my younger brother, says ac­tor Venkatesh

Telegu ac­tor says that he and Sal­man Khan are plan­ning to work to­gether in a film

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Tel­ugu star Venkatesh (left) feels it’s time he does a cou­ple of good films in Bol­ly­wood. The ac­tor had ear­lier worked in Anari (1993) and Taqdeer­wala (1995). “I am open to of­fers right now. I don’t have to be a young hero, but given my age, I would love to ex­plore strong ma­ture roles. Per­son­ally I don’t have any pref­er­ence, but I guess my re­cent film Guru (also re­made in Hindi as Saala Khadoos) can act as a ref­er­ence for film­mak­ers. My per­for­mance in the film might give them an idea about the kind of roles I could be good at pulling off,” says Venkatesh.

The ac­tor is also keen on col­lab­o­rat­ing with Sal­man Khan. “Sal­man is like my younger brother. Over the years, I have be­come re­ally close to him and his fam­ily. We have been dis­cussing about work­ing on a Bol­ly­wood film to­gether for long. In fact, we had al­most planned some­thing some­time back but then things didn’t work out be­cause we both got busy. But we have started talk­ing about it again and maybe in a year’s time, we will be able to fi­nalise some­thing, ” adds Venkatesh. When asked why he didn’t do more Hindi films, he says, “I was very young and had just started do­ing well in Tel­ugu film in­dus­try. So when Bol­ly­wood hap­pened, it re­quired me to shift base to Mum­bai. But I couldn’t af­ford to do that be­cause my fam­ily was also here. You can’t put a foot here (Telegu in­dus­try) and there (Bol­ly­wood). Bal­anc­ing be­tween the two isn’t easy,” he says.

We have started talk­ing about work­ing to­gether again and maybe in a year’s time, we will be able to fi­nalise some­thing VENKATESH, AC­TOR

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