With three Kannada film releases, would you say you have now established yourself as a Kannada film actress?
Yes. I could say that. Two out of these three films have been hits. My first was Varsha with Vishnuvardhan, then came Shasthri with Darshan. My last release was Shambhu with Murali, which did not do as well as expected.
What are you currently working on?
Now I have two more Kannada films that are going to be released soon. One is a woman oriented film called Belli Betta which has Sunil Raoh playing a guest appearance. The other is Ambhi which stars Aditya.
You seem to have worked first with the senior and experienced stars before moving on to act opposite the younger brigade.
Doesn't that usually work the other way around?
That is quite true. My very first one was with Vishnuvardhan who is one of the senior actors here. Actresses usually work their way upwards. But mine is almost in the reverse order. Most often, directors and producers don't cast heroines with younger actors if they have already worked with senior guys. They just tend to assume your image is that of an older actress. Fortunately for me, I have not been subjected to such classifications. This could be because even in Varsha, I played the role of this naughty and bubbly girl who is always out to play pranks on everyone around. The image suited me well and therefore I have had no problems bagging roles otherwise.
What roles do you play in the next two films?
In Belli Betta, I play the role of an innocent girl and how circumstances drag her into becoming a prostitute. It is a rather serious film and I am hoping the audience like and accept me in such a role. In Ambi, I play an interesting role of a journalist, a television anchor actually. Here again, I am my bubbly self.
You are basically Hyderabad-based. How is it that you're not being featured in that many Telugu films?
It is ironic, but in the Telugu film industry, you will find it hard to identify even a few actress who are Teluguites originally. Every established actress there is from a non-Telugu girl. I think the industry there does not fancy their own kind, especially when it comes to heroines. I have done a couple of Telugu films, but I find that I am doing more and better roles in the Kannada and Malayalam film industry. And I have no problems with that as long as I have a career going.
You are a Telugu speaking girl, but have dubbed for your own character in the films. That's some fast learner!
I have realised that it is difficult for a person to emote if one is not familiar with the language. I learnt all the south Indian languages and since now I can speak fluently, I don't see why I should not be dubbing for the role that I play. I do have problems with some of the more complex pronunciations but the industry is filled with friendly people who will help you out by teaching you how to say it the right way.
What are your other interests?
I love films and more films. I also am a complete foodie. I am constantly eating. I binge on fried stuff and chocolates. And to strike a balance, I do work out a great deal. I am also always game to party. I have made a lot of good friends in the Kannada film industry and I enjoy hanging out with them.