After Andhala Rakshashi I wanted to do something different, which is away from what I did in my first film. Most importantly, I was happy to get involved with one of the finest production houses, a good script and a well-known director and actor. I thought it was a perfect second film after I got a thumbs up from the audience for my performance in my first film.
What do you look for when choosing your roles?
When I choose a role, what is most important is that it must suit my character as an artist and also as a woman. I also ensure that the character I play leaves a mark in the minds of my growing fans, meet their expectations and entertain them. So, I am careful in choosing my roles and that’s why my second movie took some time to happen.
Can you tell us a little about the character you play in Doosukeltha?
I play a doctor, who is sweet, lovable, confident and self dependent. She is also very emotional but doesn’t show it so easily. It turned out to be a character I was able to relate to.
As an actor, what makes you tick?
I don’t like to play it safe. I like to play it my way. So whatever character I get to play, I would like to do justice to it.
Is there a process you follow when it comes to filling out the characters you play?
I don’t follow any set process nor do I have any do’s and dont’s. I follow my instinct. I do characters I can relate to. I have a very open mind. What is important for me is the character I get to play, irrespective of it being a big film or a small film. I also like to experiment with different roles that will allow me to expand my acting capabilities and gain acceptance as a versatile actor.
Tell us about the fun moments behind the scenes.
There were tons of them; it was so much fun on the sets. It was fun to work with Vishnu Manchu. He has great comic timing and he can make you laugh instantly. He also has a great sense of humor. There were times when Vishnu’s sweet little daughters used to come to sets and we used to enjoy playing with them. Director Veru Potla, though was very calm, used to come up with one liners that would leave us in splits. He is brilliant with comedy.
You’ve done two films so far. How does one character compare with the other?
I have great memories from both of these films. I gave 75 days for Doosukeltha and that’s because this movie was a very important film for me after my first. Because I knew that the expectations will be much more from the audience when they see me in the second film.
I am really happy with the decisions I make and I have made so far. I am also confident that it will be consistent as I go forward in my career and I will desist from making any stupid decision.
Apart from acting, what aspect of filming fascinates you the most?
I like everything about filmmaking. There is so much to learn and experience during every step of film making. You get to know different kinds of people, their characters and learn how they perform in front of the camera. When I am not acting I go behind the camera and watch others perform and learn body movements, dialogue delivery and many things that they come up with to make their role memorable.
I also learned spontaneity especially when I performed emotional scenes with Kota Sir. You can just very easily sail into the scene with people like him who are so much more experienced.
What sort of roles would you like to play in the future?
I don’t have anything in particular in my mind. I am an open person. As an actor, I like to expand my acting capabilities and would love to be challenged to perform different roles. I would like to definitely do something which has not be done before. I also prefer to do roles that bring out the actor in me; would love to work in an art film. I love masala movies but I also would love to do women-oriented movies if I get an opportunity.
So what’s next for you?
I am doing a Tamil film by Sashi Kumar sir which is currently under progress.