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Indraja
It was not an easy sail for her, like some of the Mumbai heroines. Indraja has had to struggle her way into Telugu tinsel world. She was first noticed in a brief cameo opposite Nagarjuna in the big hit, ‘Hello Brother’. And the film that made the industry folk sit up and take notice of her stellar performance was, Gunasekhar’s ‘Sogasu Chooda Tharama’. But the actress isn’t in a hurry to accept every offer that comes her way.

Infact, Indraja was wise enough to reject nearly seven films in Telugu, only to accept later significant roles. Right now the actress who can combine glamour and grit in her performance is banking on three movies – Dasari’s ‘Pichodi Chethilo Rayi’, (which has just been released), ‘Surya Putrika’ and the folklore ‘Bhooloka Veeruku-Jagadeka Sundari’.

Meanwhile Indraja’s foray into Malayalam movies has been fruitful as she starred opposite big names Mohan Lal, Mammootty and Suresh Gopi. She has starred in ‘Ustad’ with Mohan Lal, ‘Godman’ and ‘FIR’ with Suresh Gopi. The last two films were dubbed and released in Telugu, recently. Indraja’s foray into Kannada films too was quite successful. Her starrer, ‘Gadabide Krishna’ opposite Sivaraj Kumar is a big hit. Currently she is starring in a performance – oriented role opposite Sashi Kumar in a Kannada movie.

However Indraja has not been able to make much headway in Tamil movies, as both her starrers – ‘Thadayam’ and ‘Rajavin Parvaile’ failed to make an impact at the box office. Though there were a couple of offers, she is waiting for the right back break to prove her mettle in Tamil films too, as she has done in Telugu.

The glamourous actress blamed her erstwhile manager for mishandling her career where she was forced to do some insignificant roles in Telugu. She soon realised her folly, and took her career into her hands. She says for her it is not the money that is important but the script and the role offered to her. She feels that her forthcoming movie, ‘Surya Putrika’ where she is playing the role of a fire-brand activist who will take on the anti-socials, will take her career in the upward swing.

She is all the more happy that she was able to star in veteran Dasari Narayana Rao’s movie ‘Pichodi Chetilo Rayi’, a political satire. And there is a folklore, her second in this genre – ‘Bhooloka Veerudu-Jagadeka Sundari’ opposite Ramesh (hero Krishna’s eldest son). The film is progressing fast. And she has the rare distinction of pairing with both father and son. She has acted with Krishna in her first folklore- ‘Jagadeka Veerudu’, a hit. And now she is co-starring with Krishna’s son Ramesh as well!

If ‘Sogasu Chooda Tarama’ and ‘Nalla Poosalu’ earn her the name as an actress of calibre, it is SV Krishna Reddy’s ‘Yamaleela’ that catapulted her to instant stardom. The film ran for over a year! Indraja does not feel that the heroines from Mumbai pose a threat to the local heroines. She feels that it is the prerogative of the film maker to cast a heroine according to the requirement of the script. And she is confident that she can essay any kind of role, be it glamour or performance-oriented.

There is another fact to Indraja. She is a good singer too, though the film industry is yet to tap this talent in her. Infact, she hails from a family of carnatic musicians and music is in her genes. Coming to personal aspects, Indraja’s original name is Rajathi. She is the eldest of three sisters, the other two being Bharathi and Sobha. And she is more close to her youngest sister. Even during school days, she won prizes in singing and drama competitions. A trained classical dancer, currently she is learning Kuchipudi dance form from Madhavapeddi Murthy, who accompanies Hemamalini and Meenakshi Seshadri in their dance shows abroad. By the way, Indraja will also be participating in a classical dance programme in the US in October with Murhty’s troupe.

A chatterbox before coming to films, Indraja always aired her views frankly, without mincing words. But she says that the film industry has taught her how a person’s behaviour should be in life. She feels that it is important to know the person's mind and talk accordingly, otherwise it is difficult to maintain cordial relationships in her field.

She has the utmost respect for her profession as an actress as it has given her recognition, name and fortune. Her aim in life she says is to retain this position by continuously churning out good performances.
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