After Naan Ee and Neethane En Ponvasantham, how different is Anjaan?
I have made a conscious decision to be part of Anjaan. Lingusamy sir's heroines are known to be sweet and they have an impact on the story at the same time. It is important that I do mass entertainers to get exposure into the Tamil market.
Tell us about your co-star in Anjaan, Suriya
Suriya has been amazing right from Day 1. He doesn't show any tantrums. Despite being a huge star, the stardom doesn't come out. He is very humble and he strives for perfection. Even if the director is happy with the take, he would ask for one more take to attain that perfection. He is also very encouraging. There was this incident in Goa where we were shooting for a song and I was not getting a particular dance move right. He was very patient and kept encouraging me to get it right.
What was the main thing that attracted you to Anjaan?
I have plenty of good scenes in the movie and I have lion's share of good dialogues. The main purpose of a heroine in a commercial movie is to look good. Santhosh Sivan's camera has made the visuals look even better. In this movie, I got a package of both. And I have always wanted to work with Lingusamy sir and Suriya.
Tell us about the experience of working under Lingusamy
Lingusamy sir is totally chilled out all the time. He cannot have a bad day. He doesn't seem to be pressurized by the huge expectations surrounding the release. He is totally fun to work with.
On the 'Midas Touch' tag in Telugu and being referred as the Golden Girl?
(Laughs) It's good to know that in Telugu, I have this tag. But this 'midas touch' tag is somewhat pressurizing as well. In Tamil, I need a big hit. If some movies don't go my way, it becomes news. I am happy as long as my films do well.
How do you juggle between Tamil & Telugu movies because the sensibilities of two industries are widely different?
The kind of movies that are being made in Tamil have a stark difference to the Telugu movies. There are wonderful technicians in both the industries. I have been part of different Telugu movies like Eega & Manam too. It is good to see both the industries growing.
You have worked in lots of multi-starrers in Telugu. What prompts you to sign those movies?
Those are all beautiful films and I didnâ€™t want to miss out on an opportunity to be part of those superb scripts. Last year I did Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu eventhough I knew I had only a small role. Since it was such a great film, I didnâ€™t want to miss out on being part of it.
Your fashion sense seems to be one of your great attributes. Was a conscious effort put into that?
We need to keep ourselves updated. Unless I do something different, the audience will be bored. So, I just keep changing with the times.