From playing a poor father in Rangasthalam to a hyperactive funny dad in Bhale Bhale Magadivoyi; from portraying a simple guy lusting for money in Guntur Talkies to a retired father with aspirations of becoming an actor in Sammohanam, he’s literally carrying few parts of the film on his shoulder. This former hero who is now signing many character roles has now become the most sought after character artist who demands a commendable pay packet too.
We are talking about Naresh Krishna Murthy, simply popular as Naresh, who became a busy comedy hero in the late 80s. Later he turned to character roles and is doing well, but never got a chance to showcase his full potential. But in the recent times, Naresh is at his best, when it comes to running a film on his shoulders.
He stood as the key pillar in the success of films like Bhale Bhale Magadivoyi, Guntur Talkies and A..Aa with his terrific comedy timing. But when people thought he’s only doing comedy, the way he says ‘Cheviti Na Kodaka’ to Ram Charan in Rangasthalam brought that emotional punch out of him. And Satamanam Bhavati is also an added treat where his timed dialogues clicked quite well. At the same time, he literally raised the film’s graph during the pre-climax sequence of Sammohanam with his amazing acting skills in the role of a wannabe actor. Looking at all these performances, one has to say that Naresh is the new backbone of Telugu films like the way Prakash Raj and Kota Srinivasa Rao used to be once.
Frankly speaking, Naresh also fills the vacuum that was created due to lack of Telugu character artists and which saw some former Tamil heroes filling it. Hope that he will be given more such interesting roles in the coming days by Telugu directors such that we get to see more of his acting talents.