Playing sister roles doesn’t affect my career” Sindhu Lokanath
Sandalwood has seen many actresses, who grab a role, and disappear after a couple of films, but Sindhu Loknath is here to stay. She has proved it time and again! It has just been 4 years since the actress made her Sandalwood debut, and in a short span, she has already carved a niche for herself. A Coorgi by birth and M.Sc graduate, Sindhu stepped into the filmdom by chance. Shwetha Shivkamal talks about her short journey and career choices.
While many actresses are apprehensive of going for an image makeover, Sindhu can get into anybody’s shoes effortlessly. Though she made her debut with ‘Parichaya’ with a cameo, it was ‘LifeuIshtene’ that gave her recognition in the industry. She played the role of a college-goer and was only limited to the first half of the film. Later, her selection of films made her one of the most-sought after actresses in the industry. The dumb woman in Drama, village belle in Love in Mandya, Lakshmi in Case No 18/9 and the latest being Airavata, in which she played an innocent village girl, proves that she is here to experiment and not just to shake legs with the protagonist. Sindhu Lokanath, in an exclusive interview with Shwetha Shivkamal talks about her journey and career choices.
When was the first time you thought you would be an actress?
The moment I became conscious about my own acting skills, I decided to pursue acting. It might sound cliché but the fact is that I am an actress by chance. In the initial stages of my college life, I loved entertaining people and loved dancing. One thing led to another and I bagged a small role in ‘Parichaya’, but that didn’t work out well for me. When Pawan Kumar cast me in ‘LifeuIshtenea’ year-and-a-half later, there was a drastic change in my look and my acting skills and it was then that I thought that I too could become an actress.
Who do you think is a successful actor?
A successful actor is the one who is satisfied about his/her performance. A successful actor cannot be defined in quantity but only in quality. It is not the number of films one appears in or the remuneration that matters to define a successful actor but it is the satisfactory feeling one gets after watching your performance. A successful actor has to touch people’s lives.
What is the best thing about being an actress?
Well, it has to be the name and fame, but apart from that it’s the kind of experience you get to have. As an actoryou get to play various characters and get to experience many lifetimes in one life. The recognition, awards and the love you get from people you don’t even know has to be the best thing about being a celeb.
Playing a sister to a big-star comes with an inherent risk involved. Do you agree?
Not really! If the character has a good scope in the film and if it impresses you and also if it is relevant to the subject then there’s nothing wrong with it. We have to trust ourselves and go about it and then you will know if you made the right choice or not. I know many actresses are quite apprehensive about taking up sister roles to a big star, but I see this trend melting down slowly. I believe such roles don’t really affect my career.
Tell us about your experience of working for ‘Raakshasi’?
It is for the first time that I have taken up a horror genre and I’m excited about it. Though Raakshasi is a remake of theTamil film Pisaasu, the picturization and the narration has come out really well. I play a sweet innocent girl, who has a good bonding with her father. It was an amazing experience working for a horror film.