She’s the true blue Miss Sunshine. She’s cool, carefree and breezy. Her first film Ko was a blockbuster but we haven’t seen much of her post that. But she has no complaints as she feels she’s grown as an actor in subsequent films like Makaramanju in Malayalam. Her new release Dammu in Telugu is a hit and Karthika is garnering rave reviews for her looks and styling. The consensus across newspapers is that she’s done a good job. Radha’s daughter seems to have everything going for her currently. Her genes and her instincts are her biggest gifts. In this candid talk to Sridevi Sreedhar, the actress opens up....
Are you happy by Dammu results?
The last time, felt a high was when Ko released and now I’m happy that the film is appreciated by people in Andhra. I don’t necessarily want to make huge waves in Indian cinema. I just want to be happy. I’m in a happy space, work wise, personally and in every way.
What are your current projects?
I’m, currently working with Vikram Prabhu in Sattam Oru Iruttarai. Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum is almost 60 percent complete and it’s a role that I’m so excited about. It is a great honour to work under Bharathiraaja sir and I play a character in her three stages of life- teenage, mature and old. I have also signed a film with Vishal.
Why did you take a long gap after Ko became a blockbuster?
It wasn’t deliberate, and moreover whatever offers came my way were not very exciting. For me the most important thing is the script. I laughed when media speculated that I am asking for big money, which is untrue. There is a sense of security that comes from my education, from my family that makes me believe I’ll always land on my feet. I don’t need to make lots of money as I come from a position of privilege. But I want to be independent. And of course do good films (smiles)
Why did you then take up Dammu which was a glam role in a mass masala entertainer?
In Telugu, most of the big star films have two heroines. I’m happy I did the film because I got to know Trisha. Sreenu sir was insistent that I hear the script and do the role and when I knew that Trisha was playing the other role, I was hooked. I respect her as an actress and person and consider lucky to work with her.
That’s a rare line as in this industry, as no two heroines can be friends?
Trisha is one of the rare girls in the industry who has been on top for a decade. I know how difficult it is to survive. Not only is she looking the same but has managed to be on top. We had a blast shooting for Dammu.
Does your mother accompany you on sets?
Not really. I am very independent. She helps me to choose scripts and I value her suggestions.