From scoring success in her debut film to taking the Malayalam cinema by storm with her entire new look to being the most desirable woman in Kerala, Deepti Sati reflects on her spectacular year in showbiz. Sashidhar Adivi records the happenings.
For a fledgling actress, Deepti Sati sounds a lot more measured and matured. So what makes her tick? Her panache? Her attitude? Looks? Intelligence? We guess, it’s a combination of everything. As for guts, the tall and svelte actress has tons of it.
At a time when most girls would like to debut in glamorous roles, the Mumbai-bred damsel chose to defy the trend. She debuted in the role of a tomboyish-looking diva (with a boy cut) in her Malayalam film ‘Nee-Na’. She had to cut her luscious locks. “Before my debut, I had almost waist-length hair (laughs) but I had to chop off and sport extremely short hair to look the part (biker). But I have no regrets. I would like to pick up roles that show my versatility and help me become a better actor. Any girl who debuts would want to play a glamorous role. But I had confidence in my director and myself. The role was difficult to pull off,” Deepti says with conviction.
Having dabbled in modeling, she finds there is a world of difference between modeling and acting. The former Miss India finalist comments, “While modeling, you don’t play a character; you are yourself. In a pageant, you portray your personality. On the ramp, you are a model for your designer. Your brief is to help sell his product. When you are acting, you behave as a character. In fact, your output depends on the entire team. So working with different kinds of filmmakers helps me build my creative side.”
She may be just a film old, but Deepti’s spirit to push the envelope is almost infectious. “Although I’m only one movie old, everybody recognizes me. I’ve shifted from modeling to acting. With zilch filmy background, it’s a new process which I am learning. I’ve a huge passion for acting. It’s a different world altogether. I get to meet lot of people,” says the Miss Kerala (2014), brimming with confidence.
Deepti’s second film happens to be a project involving Vijayendra Prasad (director SS Rajamouli’s father), the writer of ‘Baahubali’. For one, Deepti knows she has to be an actor of substance to stay here for long. So is she under pressure to deliver a hit after her debut movie? “People always want to be different from others. Glam industries have lot of competition. If your audiences don’t like you, you are nowhere. I want to live up to the expectations of the audiences. Healthy pressure helps you walk the extra mile. When I took up the role in ‘Nee-Na’, I was looking at gaining experience. Even if it doesn’t go the right way, it’s a good experience. I’m glad people liked me. Now, my next movie also matters a lot, so also my character. I want to give my best. I want people to say, ‘She can portray this kind of a role’. I don’t have a set path,” says the actress.
For someone who puts everything into work, how does Deepti chill out? “I travel a lot. When I return home, I always make it a point to eat only the food cooked by my mom. I’m a complete foodie. I just cannot diet. But I eat in proportion. I don’t go overboard. Even when I don’t have any option, I don’t starve myself,” she reveals. Once in Mumbai, Deepti indulges in one of her passions: classical dancing. “I attend workshops of Kathak and Bharatanatyam.”
Although the uber-sexy actress spent one year in the industry, she feels she has grown as an actor and as a person. “I now realize that one has to learn to adapt to new situations and people. Earlier I was not like that,” she says in the context of the challenges faced and hard work put up. “Movie-making needs lot of patience. It’s a huge collective effort.”
Revealing one of her best-kept secrets, the actress says that she hopes to sing one day. As for her style statement, Deepti’s funda is to be unique.
“Whatever I do, I want to do in my own way. I go by my mood and comfort. If you are not confident of wearing something, it doesn’t matter how fashionable you are looking. And as someone staying in India, weather matters a lot”
Recently, she was adjudged the most desirable woman in Kerala. So what makes a woman desirable? The trained classical dancer says that judging a person’s desirability on the basis of what she wears is passé. “You are desirable on the basis of how you are, how you communicate, how you make a positive impact,” she ponders. A guy who is capable of intelligent understanding is the biggest turn-on for her. “He should be someone with whom I can indulge a conversation. People who lack empathy are the ones I don’t appreciate.”