Actor Nikhil Siddhartha, who awaits the release of forthcoming Telugu thriller “Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada”, says he would like to encourage upcoming directors with strong content driven scripts, to work with him.

“I want to give an opportunity to young and promising directors with exciting scripts. I know the big directors of the industry won’t work with me yet. Therefore, I want to focus on collaborating with new directors and provide them with a platform to make interesting films,” Nikhil told IANS.

Asked why he wants to support content driven films when movie industry is usually driven by commerce, he said: “Irrespective of the box office returns, the appreciation you get while working on these films gives a different kind of high.”

Known for working with first-time directors in films such as “Swamy Ra Ra”, “Karthikeya” and “Surya Vs Surya” and delivering hits, Nikhil ensures the budget is in control in his films.

“I can afford to experiment but I’m very particular that my producer doesn’t suffer. Hence, I ensure the budgets of films are always in control. This includes the budget of aEkkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada’ and my next film with director Sudheer Varma,” he said.

Nikhil is all praise for VI Anand, the director of “Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada”, which releases in cinemas on Friday.

“When he narrated the script, everything was crystal clear and he made a lot of sense. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the two and a half hour of narration and I was convinced if I enjoy it so much, the audience will enjoy it too,” he said.

Explaining what he found exciting about the script, he said, “The way he reveals the story, which is packed with twists, is very interesting and all of this is laced with humour which runs throughout the film but never sticks out like a sore thumb.”

Nikhil feels Anand deserves to succeed, as the industry is in dire need of directors like him.

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