The super svelte Deepa Sannidhi has mesmerised Sandalwood with her enchanting beauty. She unveils her personal side as she talks to Sashidhar Adivi about the tough times in the industry, love life and relationships.
She took up modelling as a leisure pursuit but never thought it would change her career plans. And when Sandalwood beckoned her, Deepa Sannidhi had to quit architectural engineering. “When I was in college, my friends encouraged me to take up modelling and subsequently I got film offers. So it was difficult to balance acting and education. When the offer came, I took it as a challenge as it made me get out of my comfort zone, so I gave up studies to pursue films actively. I convinced my parents on my decision. I’m kinda shy and acting made me shed my inhibitions, and that’s one of the reasons I took it up,” the actress recounts.
Much before the launch of her debut vehicle ‘Sarathi’ (2011), Deepa has bagged her second project. Such has been her story. Since then she has made good strides in Kannada and went on to do films in Tamil too. “I got a dream start with my debut film co-starring Darshan. The film did well and I started getting good offers and I’m fortunate to work with some of the big names in the industry. I got another big opportunity to branch out to Kollywood too with ‘Lucia’ remake.”
Although it’s been quite some time Deepa has been in the industry, she feels relatively new. “None of my family members or relatives is into films or modelling. All my friends expected me to go abroad and settle down as an engineer but when I became an actress, they were shocked. More so, because my friends know me as someone who is reserved. I take my own time to strike a conversation,” she points out.
Deepa adds, “I had no clue what acting was all about and I have committed several mistakes, so I’m figuring out and learning things. Also, over a period of time, you’ll know what you can change and what the industry wants from you, etc. So the fight was about whether I can do or not when things are demanding.”
One of the challenges the ‘Ennakul Oruva’ girl had to encounter was polishing her social skills. “I’m someone who loves to come back home and switch off after work but that concept doesn’t fit into this industry. I encountered a huge problem with that and people mistook me to be arrogant. I did not know how to deal with that. As far as work is concerned, I’m available 24/7, but I don’t want people to intrude into my personal space. But everyone was suggesting that I go out and be more social. I considered socialising at one point but I gave up because that doesn’t suit me. I need my own space after shooting. It’s okay even if I lose out on something important for not socialising. Staying away after work distresses me,” smiles the Chickmagalur-born, who doesn’t even take calls when at work.
The actress saw the funny side when detractors questioned her choice of projects. “Fortunately, interesting scripts came my way and I signed them. So I was criticised for not working with freshers. Soon, I signed a couple of films with newcomers and then I was slammed for not working with stars, so there was no end to the crap. Initially, I was upset but after a point, it became a joke for me. I never clarified because these gossips never affected me personally. But I love working in small budget films,” explains the actress.
But how did cinema change her? “It made me level-headed,” she reveals, adding, “It gave me a lot of confidence as a woman to be in this industry and work with men and deal with a lot of things. It taught me the reality and not to have any illusions. Also, as a woman you have to be strong and can’t break down for every silly issue if you want to sustain in this industry. I’m at a much better place now than I was earlier but I’m still learning since I encounter various challenges every day.”
There were times when Deepa had to be workless but she quickly replies, “It was during then I learnt to be patient and kept myself busy with other things like reading, writing poetry.”
Away from the arclights, what kind of a girl is Deepa, “I’m happy sitting at home and reading books. I don’t like partying, though I used to do it at times in my teens. I prefer meeting friends and go out with them for occasional dinners. I want to romanticise every moment but hope my romanticism should stick to my poetry and not come home,” says the diva, who has fallen in and out of love.
So how did she deal with the break-up? “I kept myself busy with work,” she beams, adding, “If you mutually part ways that will have lesser affect. But it will take time and you need to find out your own ways to deal with such losses and it’s a part of your growing curve. But it made me realise a lot of things.”
So does she still believe in the concept of love? “Yes I do, how would the world exist without it? I feel trust is important in a relationship. You should also know the intentions of your partner and have mutual respect for each other. I can’t stand infidelity; I’ll put my foot down and walk out as I don’t see any point being in a relationship.” Atta girl, way to go!