Shriya Saran is reveling in the limelight of power thatís zooming in on her. She is the red hot heroine in Kollywood after she signed Shankarís Sivaji with superstar Rajnikanth. Today Kollywood is her oyster. She has signed films with Vijay and Vikram two of Tamil film industryís top stars- Azhagiya Tamizh Magan and Kandasamy respectively . As of now, Shriya is basking in the glory of Tiruvilayadal Arambham a surprise super hit that resurrected the career of its hero Dhanush. Since then all young guns in the industry wants to do a film with the ĎLucky ladyĒ, but she has been politely refusing.
Shriya has a flawless skin, perfect figure, beautiful smile that will melt any heart and has a touch of class. She is a trained Kathak dancer and is literature graduate from the prestigious Lady Shriram College in New Delhi. Her mother is Neerja Saran, a former chemistry teacher at Indiaís best school, the Delhi Public school (DPS) Mathura Road, Delhi. Now Shriyaís family including her brother Ahiroop who recently got married has relocated to Mumbai. Shriya is a voracious reader and can talk about anything under the sun. Her favourite authors are Paulo Coelho the Brazilian writer and Brian L. Weiss the noted psychatrist and author. Moviebuzz met Shriya over breakfast at `The Park` hotel in Chennai. The pretty actress in conversation..
What is the secret of your beauty? You look a million bucks these daysÖ
Thank you (Smiles). In fact my favourite meal of the day is breakfast. I have an egg white omelette, porridge and paratha. For lunch I have plain roti with Dal and Bhindi Indian style. Sometimes I take fish and I love Chennai as fresh fish is available here. My favourites are Andhra, Malabar or Goan fish curry. I donít touch red meat nor am I very fond of chicken. But basically I eat well.
So, you are a foodie?
Yeah..I enjoy good food and Thai cuisine is my personal favourite. I never eat junk food though I love Subway stuff!
But how do you manage to look so thin?
I am 54 kilos. I eat well and work out too. I am passionate about my workouts in gyms atleast for 45 minutes every day. I believe that itís not keeping body in shape but itís fitness that matters the most.
How where you chosen to be the Sivaji heroine, the most coveted role in south Indian cinema?
(A broad smile) One day, I got a call from Shankar sir who said he had seen me in Mazhai. He said that he was impressed by my looks and performance. He asked me if I were interested in being Rajnikanthís heroine in Sivaji. I could not believe it and immediately said ĎYesí. Then I came down to Chennai, met Shankar sir who said that I donít need any make-up or screen test. He also gave me some DVDís of Rajni sirís films and I watched all of them. I believe that it was destiny that Sivaji came my way.
Can you elaborate on your experience of working with Shankar
He is a perfectionist and my role is very good. I have never worked with another director who goes for such detailing as he wants everything to be picture perfect. Before the shoot dialogues were e-mailed to me so that I could prepare myself. He conceptualizes everything, even minute details including costume and colour schemes. And the best thing is that he gives freedom to his artists to express their views, which I feel is good as he does not mind incorporating them.
Tell us about your character in Sivaji?
(Screams) Oh NoÖ. Shankar sir will kill me! OkÖ now that the film is ready for release, Iíll give you a preview of my role. Donít ask for more. I play a bubbly happy character full of beans.
What is your character name?
My character name is Tamizh and I wear Pavada-Dhavani. I am there in four out of five songs which are amazingly tuned by A.R.Rahman. I love dancing which everyone says comes naturally to me. Please donít ask me anything further about the film (smiles).
Letís change tracksÖ How was it working with superstar Rajnikanth?
Rajni sir is truly the living legend of Indian cinema. I have never seen so much awe and respect among people for an actor like Rajni sir has. At airports, hotels and other places all over the world, people come up and ask me- ďSir epiddi irukku? To be honest, Rajni sirís heroines can piggy-back ride on his popularity. Thanks to him, Iím getting so much of attention and respect from the masses and the industry.
As a person how is he?
Rajni sir is the nicest human being that I have come across in life. Always willing to help others and he has so much of patience and his knowledge is vast. He is like a search engine as he has an answer to all your queries. When we were in Spain, none of us knew anything about the country. But sir knew all customs and even the political history of the place on his finger tip. He is the most chilled out, down-to-earth, well read person that I have ever met in life.
How was it working with Rajnikanth the actor?
Sir will explain the importance and significance of each scene before the shoot. And when the shot is ok but he finds that I am not comfortable, he will go for a retake. And when I do a scene well, he will clap and motivate me to do better. The kid in him is still alive!
So you had a great time working with Sivaji team?
Working with Shankar sir and Rajni sir was indeed an experience that I will never forget in life. K.V.Anand the cameraman also helped me a lot. Producer AVM Saravanan sir and his son Guhan and his two lovely daughters had gone out of their way to make me comfortable. Itís indeed been a nice experience.
What are your forthcoming films?
I am currently shooting with Vijay for Azhagiya Tamizh Magan in which I play a college student. Then there is Kandasamy with Vikram who is a fine actor. In Hindi Iím doing Awarappan with Imraan Hashmi and let me tell you that there are no kissing scenes (gives a naughty smile). I have also signed a film with Bobby Deol for director Sangeet Sivan. I will not be signing any new Tamil films till my current assignments are over.