Her first movie Moggina Manasu in 2008 was a box-office hit and she surprised everyone by bagging the Filmfare award for the best debutant actress. Since then, Radhika Pandith, the new poster girl of the Kannada film industry has not looked back. Success has embraced Radhika ever since she stepped into the tinsel town. The actress who had several hits in 2009 has her hands full in 2010. Excerpts of an interview with Sify.com
You won an award for your debut film
I could not believe it when my name was announced. I was completely taken aback as there were plenty of contenders. It took me a while for me to enjoy my moment of glory. I could not wish for a better debut. Yes…I want another Filmfare award for my films.
How has life been after winning the award?
Well…life after winning the award has been going great. There are a few projects lined up. My sole aim is not to sign a billion movies but to be a part of good cinema. I believe in quality and not quantity. Therefore, I choose my movies carefully. Whether the movie wins or fails is beyond my control. But at least, I can try and be a part of good cinema.
You came to the industry without any godfather. Your thoughts?
I never dreamt of making a career in the film industry. Somehow, destiny took a turn when I was in my final year of college, that’s when I got into acting. I realized that I enjoyed what I was doing. My first venture was for the small screen, a sitcom named Nandagokula. Then, I bagged a very beautiful role in this wonderful film called Moggina Manasu. My second venture was Olave Jeevana Lekkachara directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekar. My third project Love Guru has done exceedingly well. To sum up my journey so far, I can confidently say "it’s been great" as I got to work with some of the most talented and versatile directors.
Any dream role?
I would prefer to do characters that are meaty and not eye candy all the time. Of course, glamour is a part of our industry and I a not against it. I certainly do not have any dream role, but my constant effort would go into giving my level best into the character. I do my homework and always try and work hard to better myself everyday.
My debut film 18th Cross, that was lying in the cans has been revived. I am currently shooting for Krishnan Love Story with Srinagar Kitty. Then, there is Superman with Prajwal Devaraj. I am evaluating two more projects. My hands are full.