How did the Mahesh Babu/Sukumar project happen?
It was completely sudden and unexpected. i was auditioning for a few projects in mumbai when my agency asked me to fl y to Hyderabad, to appear for a test shoot for this project. i went through a few auditions and a look test before everything was finalised. when they announced that i would be acting opposite mahesh Babu, it was unbelievable!
What was your immediate reaction on hearing that you have been selected for the project?
I was very excited. it was the perfect opportunity – just what i had been waiting for. it is important to get a good debut fi lm. things can’t get better than this, considering i have got the chance to act in a movie opposite mahesh Babu, that too under the direction of a top notch director. i had heard of mahesh Babu even earlier, because he is such a huge star. i had seen his thumbs-up ad and also a few of his fi lms dubbed in Hindi. people love his movies! who wouldn’t want to be part of such a team? this is a dream come true for me.
How do you fi nd Tollywood? Did you do any homework before facing the camera?
The telugu industry is huge and full of talented and hardworking people. i am glad to be a part of it now. i went through some acting and dancing workshops before we started shooting. i also went through a few scenes that shaped my character in the fi lm. i still have a long way to go but i am sure that i have found the right foothold.
How was it, working with Mahesh Babu and Sukumar?
Everyone in the unit has been very patient with and supportive of me. mahesh is a wonderful co-star and an amazing person. He is grounded and never made me feel that he is the huge star that he is. sukumar sir is not only a great director, but also a genuinely nice human being. He is the most hardworking person i have ever met. He pays individual attention towards every minute aspect of the fi lm and knows how to get the best from his actors. i feel blessed working with such a great team.
What kind of a role do you have in this film?
I am playing a modern, independent and strong-headed girl, who is a journalist by profession.
We hear that you have signed two more Telugu movies.
Well, i am in the process of discussing some projects but nothing has been fi nalised yet. i will announce them when the time is right.
What prompted you to accept fi lms down south?
The south indian fi lm industry is vast. many actresses right from aishwarya rai to Deepika padukone started their careers with fi lms down south. mine isn’t just any south indian fi lm – it is a huge opportunity and a great learning experience for me. i didn’t even have to think twice before signing this fi lm.
Before you walked into the movie, Kajal Aggarwal was apparently shown the door. How do you fi nd it going?
I don’t have a clue about this! right now i’m just concentrating on this project and trying to give it my best. as far as future projects are concerned, i want to take up good projects and do good work as an actor.