Living The Moments – Pranitha Subhash
Southscope finds the actress in a cheerful spirit
Pranitha Subhash began her film journey half a decade ago and since then, she has evolved as an actress, even as her urge to be an entrepreneur hasn’t died down a bit. Acting itself nearly happened to her like an accident, more so because she hails from a family of doctors whose members view their profession as noble. “I come from an academic family. So, even in my wildest dreams did my parents think that I would be an actress. They have nothing to do with a formal art or cinema. Moreover, there were the usual apprehensions about the film industry. In fact, I was counseled by my principal, who advised me against acting. But once my parents met someone from the ‘Porki’ team, they were convinced that films are a serious business,” the diva with a sparkling smile says.
Her first director found that she had so much innocence in her face. “I debuted after Plus Two. I initially chose Kannada as a launch pad because of the proximity and also the number of days I had to give for the film were less. Also, it was easy for my parents to visit me on the sets.”
In her eventful journey, Pranitha has learnt that there is a long way to go. “The beauty of being in this industry is that you never become complacent. I enjoy the work that I do, I get to learn new languages, I get to meet new people, I have a taste of new cultures,” she says with glee. She had not pursued modeling before taking the film plunge. What differences does she find between the two? “They are two different worlds. There are no set rules here as they are people who stepped into the industry with and without modeling background,” she says.
Having upped her glam quotient film after film, Pranitha says that it’s not glamour that is her love. “More than glamour, I love being part of commercial cinema. I am fascinated by the process of wearing costumes, shooting for different kinds of scenes, etc. I like it because I know that I am going to cry in this scene, I am going to laugh in that scene. The audience, too, loves to watch all that.”
Her fashion statement is understandable, given her crackling on-screen image. “I like to wear dresses that make me as comfortable as possible. I don’t like to wear plain colours, every regular stuff. But on camera, I try different stuff because I wouldn’t get to wear spunky stuff normally.”
As someone lucky enough to have got to work with big stars across industries, Pranitha talks about them with admiration. “I notice that the bigger the star, the humbler he is. Suriya sir is such a big star, but he is so simple. So also Pawan Kalyan sir. Upendra sir, too, is like that. They send a lot of positive vibes, having worked their way up,” she says.
When she began, her parents would be on the sets regularly, but now? (Laughs), “No, they don’t visit me on the sets anymore. I wouldn’t let them watch my act on the monitor. Nor would I allow them to watch me act. So, they got bored.”
Did she have any reservations about working in a film with more than one female lead? Pranitha never had the fear of being sidelined. “In Tamil and Kannada, I have got to do proper female lead roles. In Telugu, there is scope for more than one heroine in a film (read films Attarintiki Daredi, Rabhasa, Brahmotsavam). I have balanced solo heroine movies with non-solo ones. There is no question of the other heroine stealing the limelight. For example in AD, the roles were neatly bifurcated. And the feedback that I got was just amazing. That has made me more confident,” she says, exuding happiness over the way her career has been shaping up.
Her entrepreneurial ambitions are there for everyone to see. “I have bought a stake in Bootlegger in Bengaluru. Since it has existed for nearly two years and also because it has been run by able people whom I have partnered, I am not facing difficulties,” she says, adding that she always wanted to be an entrepreneur even as a child. “I never wanted to do a regular job, I never wanted to work under someone.” She is all new to the business, but she doesn’t sound like a greenhorn. Far from being jittery, she wants to try more in the coming years.
Curiously, it’s not an entrepreneur that she would have become had she not been an actress. “I would have become a doctor by force. My parents being doctors always tried to put the thought that it’s a noble profession into my head. See, I always knew that I am not hardworking like them. I have seen them work so hard. If I were a doc, I would have been an irresponsible one. So, it’s good for everyone that I didn’t become one,” she says with all seriousness.
She has consciously decided to go slow as far as choosing movies is concerned. “It should be something exciting for me to be a part of it. Acting is not a regular job where you don’t know who you are working for. Living every moment is important. When you are giving an interview, you should have something to talk about,” she says.
‘Brahmotsavam’ is her biggest film on the anvil. How has the experience of working with Mahesh Babu been? “He is such an amazing actor, a perfectionist. On the first day itself, I noticed that. After a long shot, he wanted a retake because he felt that he gave an extra blink of the eye,” she reveals.
Working with the yesteryear actress Revathi and others has made her realize that in an earlier period, actors used to get into the skin of the character and took time to come out of it. “It was a great experience shooting with the huge cast in Ooty. I didn’t get to bond with Mahesh Babu sir much because it’s not a small cast,” she says.
Ever so cheerful, Pranitha is into living every moment