How did you take to acting?
I ventured to do our family business at an early age of 14. I was fairly successful in business and my interviews (as an entrepreneur) did appear in a few sections of the press. Meanwhile, I also learnt kathakali, and did some modeling assignments. My popularity won for me a film offer. But my parents deserve all credit for making a career out of it.They kept me motivated all through. But for their guidance and motivation, I could have achieved nothing. My mother is my role model.
What have been your experiences in Telugu film industry?
I made my debut in Telugu filmdom with Amma Nana O Tamil Ammayi. I played a Tamil girl in the movie. Thanks almighty, my performance in the movie was widely appreciated and I ended up winning the Filmfare Award for the Best Actress. People there affectionately call me Chennai Girl, which I am proud of.
I followed with films like Lakshmi Narasimha, Shivamani and Gharsana, a remake of Tamil blockbuster Khaakha Khaakha.
What about the competition in the filmdom?
I don't believe in competitions. Every artiste has got his or her place in the industry. I am not keen on making huge money out of my career, rather I want to do quality movies and do good roles and ensure that I am remembered as good actress in future.
Your views on actress being used as glamour dolls?
I don't believe in actresses being branded as glamour and homely heroines. An actress should be competent to do any kind of role. I ensure that I will try my best to do any role with passion and dedication.
Your forthcoming ventures?
I am acting opposite Madhavan in Thambee, a movie being directed by Seeman. I am also assigned to act opposite Silambarasan for a movie titled A/C to be directed by S J Suryah. It is to be followed by a Surya starrer titled Gajini to be directed by Murugadoss. On the whole, my hands are full.