Your career graph over a period of time as a consistent actress shows that offlate in Tamil you have a long interval. Why?
Not all films are clicking, only a few films are making money.Many of the big banners are not in business. Producers are not willing to produce any more mega-budget films. Previously on an average 100 films would be released in a year but now it is barely 40 to 50 films. So as an artiste one has to be very careful in choosing her role. I would like to do one good film a year.It takes time for a good role to come your way. That's one of the reason for the time gap. Apart from this when I am working for another language film it will seem like a big gap to Tamil filmdom. Otherwise I am busy always. I am doing films all the time.
Media reports say that your parents are looking for a groom. What would be your idea of an 'ideal man'?
(Laughs) Honestly nobody in the house has thought about marriage yet. My ideal man should be understanding, hard-working, faithful and honest. I know it is a tall demand because being faithful and honest is difficult to find in men of today. The day I find some one , I will definitely let the whole world know about it.
You are doing quite a number of Malayalam films now ?
I act in Malayalam and Kannada films when I am comfortable with the unit, the banner and the script . I have done seven films with Mohanlal and all of them have been hits. I dont do Malayalam films at a stretch. The script of Udayannu Tharam was very interesting. I had a role of an actress and the whole subject was handled in a sober way. I may do one or two Malayalam and Kannada films in a year. It is has always been so earlier too and it is still the same. I try to focus more on Telugu and Tamil films.
Looking at your career graph you seem to be giving a mix of performance and glamour as well surprise your fans with even an item number. Is it planned or just incidental?
I don't want to be stereotyped or branded.You have to try hard to break the mould you are cast into whether you like it or not. Sometimes when well-wishers and friends ask you to accept a role then you do it for their sake. You wouldn't have the heart to give a negative answer to friends and people who have made me what I am today. That is how I land up in the item number. Most of the time I wait it out to choose the roles. As an actress I prefer to do roles which is not similar to my earlier films. Since I do other languages I get the chance to choose and pick the best.