Chennai: Well known Telugu comedian Sunil Varma, who will be seen playing the lead character in the forthcoming romantic drama 'Mr Pellikoduku', says he cannot forget his days as a funny actor because it helped him carve a niche for himself in the film industry.
"I'll never forget where I've come from. I may be playing a lead role, but I'll never forget that I started my career as a comedian. I'll continue entertaining audiences even as a protagonist," is what Sunil told IANS.
After having played a comedian in over 50 Telugu films in a career spanning over a decade, Sunil turned the leading man with SS Rajamouli's blockbuster Telugu romantic drama 'Maryada Ramanna', which was later remade in Hindi as the 'Son of Sardaar'.
Directed by filmmaker Devi Prasad, the movie is a Telugu remake of the Hindi super hit 'Tanu Weds Manu'.
His second film as the lead actor was Telugu action comedy 'Poolarangadu'.
"Audiences have accepted me in both these films because my character had good amount of comedy in it. Even though I played the lead, my directors were aware of the fact that comedy is my forte and they made me use it to my potential," he said.
When asked whether he will stop doing comedy films while going ahead in his career.
The actor replied, "I wouldn't say I'll stop playing comic roles but since the audiences have accepted me in the lead roles, I will ensure I play roles they'll enjoy watching me in. Even in my new film 'Mr Pellikoduku', I get to portray my comic side," said Sunil.
'Mr Pellikoduku', directed by Devi Prasad, is a Telugu remake of Hindi super hit 'Tanu Weds Manu'. It also stars Isha Chawla, Vincent, Ravi Babu and Ali.
Sunil essays the role originally played by R Madhavan in the Hindi version.
The film is jointly produced by Paras Jain and NV Prasad.