Mass Maharaja Ravi Teja has blamed film director Surender Reddy for the lengthy and dragging second half of his latest release "Kick 2", which disappointed many filmgoers and critics.
Ravi Teja had teamed up with Surender Reddy for 2009 Telugu action comedy thriller "Kick". Following its huge success, the actor once again joined hands with the director for a sequel - "Kick 2". Released in theatres on 21 August, the movie received mixed response.
The makers of "Kick 2" were quick enough to correspond to the feedback. They trimmed 20 minutes from the second half of the movie and were thus successful in saving it from becoming a dud at the box office.
"We made a mistake. Kick 2 was too lengthy. We lost the audience in the second half on the first day. Luckily, better sense prevailed from the second day. We pruned about 20 minutes and now the film is doing well," Ravi Teja told Deccan Chronicle.
The actor says that he had cautioned the director about the length of the film. "I've always followed my gut feelings about my films. But this time, I listened to the director because he's a veteran and I thought we must value his opinion. I kept telling him the film was too long. But he wouldn't listen," he said.
Ravi Teja, who expressed his regrets over not heeding to his judgement, says that he has learnt a lesson and assures to exercise his judgement in future. "I've a good sense of what works and what doesn't, and I should exercise that judgement for all my films. Because at the end of the day, it's my responsibility towards my fans," he added.
The actor will be next seen in "Bengal Tiger", which is scheduled for theatrical release on 18 September 2015. "We did try to be experimental in "Kick 2". But Bengal Tiger is a massy entertainment all the way. But this time, we're going to be very, very careful," Ravi said, when quizzed about his next release.