Reddy from Chicago
Suman for the second time in Chicago when I went to receive him at O’Hare
airport on 27th February 2004. He was instantly engaging and
extremely polite despite being tired from his long journey from Hyderabad,
India. He was visiting Chicago for nine days, and was in town as the chief
guest of Telugu Association’s Musical Night.
next nine days I attended many a get-togethers organized on his behalf and was
extremely touched at Suman’s ability to chat, discuss, advocate and be available
to any topic and to folks around him. He was always polite and warm in speaking
to every person who he came in contact with. More over he was full of praise
for his fellow actors, producers and directors. By the time he left Chicago he
had made many friends. Suman also called everyone who was a part of hosting him
in Chicago after he returned to India.
evening in a dinner hosted by Iftekhar Shareef he spoke to a group of people
form the Chicago press, leaders of the Indian community and friends passionately
about politics, reforms in India and community development. He spoke of
government, political reforms and why he joined politics. What struck me is his
humility in being with fellow Indians. Suman spent a lot of time with many
families, and visited a church while in Chicago. While Suman visited with as
many people as possible he was tireless in being available to all.
this profile I spoke to Suman (Sunday May 9, 2004) at his home, and also
requested his responses to specific questions I had for him. He had just
returned from campaigning and beginning to focus on his movie career and away
from the hectic schedule of political campaigning for BJP. He mentioned that he
visited my native place Proddatur for a day in his campaign, and I was touched
that he remembered my native place, and did not forget to mention this. I
informed him that I was beginning to write a series of Internet articles and
requested his assistance in working on his profile, which he graciously agreed
to. Due to his various movie and other engagements, we were able to complete
the specific responses by May 29, 2004.
Interview with Suman
What are your current assignments and types of roles you are playing?
Assignments nearing completion are Eenati Kurukshetram, where I play a role of a
rebel, as a Police Commissioner in Leela Mahal Center and Simha IPS.
variety of roles namely, John –The Baptist in the movie Shanti Sandesham, Lord
Venkateswara Swami’s role in the movie titled Jai Balaji - a film based on the
famous Chilakur Balaji Temple, a freedom fighter in the movie Sardar Papanna - a
period film are forthcoming movies.
projects include Love in Cricket - a film based on Match Fixing, as a Police
Officer in films namely - One town police station, Abhinayasree, lakshayam, Ram,
and Shabdham. A commando in a rescue operation in a movie titled 5’0 Thariku (read
as Aidho-tariku), and a thriller titled Mystery are also in the pipeline.
What are your impressions on the current
state of the movie industry in South India, and how you compare the current
environment to your earlier days in the industry?
As far as the technical aspect of the South Indian Movie Industry is concerned,
Tamil language movies have come of age. They have set precedence to a new era of
film making for the rest of us to follow. With regards to the Soul of a movie -
a Story line, which seemed to have relied on set formulae of the past, has
witnessed a new lease of life with Malayalam movies churning out fresh ideas
with a new outlook.
Telugu films like Okkadu, Varsham, Satyam, Show, Missamma etc., to name a few,
belong to the genre of films with original story lines, backed by a good
technical and team support. A large part of films made in Telugu have treaded
the usual path of remakes of successful films in other languages. The success of
films like the ones mentioned above have showed that the audiences are
appreciative of original and varied ideas, if delivered with a strong technical
and star value in terms of good acting and craftsmanship.
far as the overall trend of films in India, clean family entertainment has taken
a backseat with vulgarity ruling the Box office with commercialism as its soul
and sole purpose.
current environment is witnessing a refreshing change, with new generation of
filmmakers and talented artistes, who are equally dedicated and passionate in
their chosen field. In spite of a spurt of fresh lineage, the senior generations
of artistes and filmmakers have carved a niche for themselves, which is worth
far as the physical environment of the industry is concerned, Ramoji film city
has set a benchmark in the technical and aesthetic environment provided for the
film industry in India. Such passionate contributions have made the people sit
up and take notice of this large community to regard it as an industry in the
true sense of the word, which was otherwise regarded as an industry only for
Did your involvement with
Politics change your career in the movie industry?
I firmly believe that, involvement in Politics that limits itself to social and
community service does not change, for the better or worse of one’s career. It
has been the same regardless of my stand in the political arena.
must add that involvement in politics has been an enriching experience. I treat
it as a larger platform to interact, reach and serve the society at large-,
which has made me what I am today.
I am aware of your plan for a play "Srivari
Vaibhavam" in the USA. Can you elaborate on the play and how you got involved
The concept of live audience feedback through theatre is something I have always
wanted to try. The play Srivari vaibhavam will mark my entry in theatre. It is a
dance ballet. The producer and director of the play Dr. Sinduri Rahul (Savitri
dance academy), is a very good friend of our family. Inspired by my role as Sri.
Venkateswara Swami in the film Anomaly, she offered this unique concept of a
dance ballet. Under the able guidance of Sri. DV Narasa Raju, Veteran
Playwright in Telugu (my grand father-in law), the play has lyrics and dialogues
by Sri. Indarakanti Srikant Sharma. The play is scheduled as a series of shows
in and around US in October 2004.
your thoughts on your
experiences with the Movie Industry.
It has been an experience of a lifetime, spanning a period of 25 years in the
film industry. It is indeed a matter of Pride, Privilege and Luck by God's
grace to witness and be a part of Three generations of Film fraternity from
Senior NTR to NTR Jr.
What would you have done if
you were not in the movie industry?
Had it not been for a career in the silver screen, I would have perhaps,
followed my childhood dream of reaching the silver lining, as a pilot.
What message to your Fans?
“Past is Past, we cannot go back in time to start a new beginning, but we can
with the present and future in our hands, start now and give a good ending”.
Suman Bio Data
full name is Mangalore Suman Talwar. Suman was born on 28th of August
1959 at Chennai. His mother Late Mrs. Kesari Chander was the Principal of the
prestigious Ethiraj College for women in Chennai. His father Mr. Susheel Chander
worked for IOC in Chennai.
now makes his home in Hyderabad, with his wife Sirisha (granddaughter of
well-known Play-Wright Mr. D.V. Narasa Raju) and his eight-year old daughter
Akilaja Prathyusha. His in-laws are Mrs. Kavita Raju and Mr. D.V. Narasa Raju.
His mother tongue is Tullu (Mangalore, Karnataka). Suman attended kindergarten
at Church Park Convent, Chennai. He went to school at The Besant Theosophical
High School, Chennai. He joined the Pachayappas College to complete BA in
English Literature. Suman can converse fluently in Tullu (His Mother Tongue)
English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi. Suman learnt Sanskrit from Sri.
H.A.S. Sashtri. Suman also learnt playing the Veena and the Guitar. He is a
Black belt in karate (Shotokan Style). He also learnt Kalari Payiut (Martial
Arts of Kerala) from Sri. Gopal Gurukkal.
folks in Chicago recognized Suman’s portrayal of Lord
Venkateswara in “Annamayya”. He has been an action hero, with very
strong personality; acting skills, command of multiple languages and ability to
withstand difficult circumstances. Suman has over 25 years of experience and
over 150 films in the film land, while acting in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and
started his career as a Sensei (Master) in Karate. His family friend Mr. Kittu
introduced him to a Tamil producer. He thus started off his film career in the
year 1977. In his final year of college he acted in his first Tamil movie
"Neechal kulam" produced by well-known producer
in Tamil Nadu Late Mr. T.R. Rammanna. His first role was that of a Police
has emerged as a true survivor from a mid career crisis which almost ended his
contribution to cinema. I did not probe in to this area, as it seemed
meaningless at this point of time.
saw Suman in 1984, while he was acting in “America
Alludu”, which was produced by Dr. Vemuri Ramesh. I was young and going
to school in Chicago. Almost 20 years later and over one hundred plus movies in
this time, Suman remains a very handsome and humble person.
speaks of and attributes his patience and endurance to martial arts. Suman
Budokan Karate Association is an extension of his involvement in promoting
Extending good wishes to Suman
profiling him I extend my best wishes to Suman and his family. Many folks who
came in contact with him remember him fondly for his humility and his ability to
reach to people. Suman is planning to enact in a play
“Srivari Vaibhavam” which will be on stage in USA later this year.