The success of ‘Baa Baaro Rasika’ should have come as a surprise to you?
On the contrary, I really felt that the film would appeal to a substantial group of audience, looking for some variety and novelty in films. When director Dayal narrated the script to me, I knew the film would appeal to such an audience. The roles of all the principal characters are well-etched in the script. I would not have accepted this film even if my role were good but the story weak.
Do you think that the fact that you were playing a role with negative shades might have helped the film? It had earlier worked in ‘Padeyappa’ earlier.
I don't think that any successful film runs because of one factor. But film’s magic works at the box office because of many factors.
You have been busy even after marriage, while many actresses would like to settle for a peaceful life after marriage. How many films are you doing now?
I am enjoying a perfectly peaceful life, even while I am acting in films after the marriage. I pick my roles and there has been no intervention from anybody including my husband on that score. Krishnavamshi-gaaru is a big director with his own ideas.
Life after marriage has nothing to do with my decision of continuing in the profession, which I enjoy most. I don't think other working women discontinue their professional activity after marriage. I have been the same person before or after marriage as for as my acting profession is concerned.
To answer your second question, besides this film, I am doing a Tamil film to be directed by Thangar Bachchaan and two Telugu films. I have one Telugu film with NTR Jr. in the lead, titled ‘Alludu’, for which shooting has commenced. I am happy that I am in a position to say ‘no’ to many offers that come to me.
That includes your decision to do ‘item numbers’ even after your marriage?
I am surprised why you are asking this question. I am doing ‘item number songs’ with three big heroes of the Telugu screen - Mahesh Babu, NTR Jr., and Prabhas. My ‘item numbers’ have become big hits with the Telugu audience - like the one in ‘Simhadhri’ with NTR Jr. And what difference it makes if I do an ‘item number’ now, as I was doing before my marriage?
Are you happy that the trend started by you in accepting ‘item numbers’ has received wide acceptance now, and many leading heroines are also doing in now in South Indian films?
I am neither happy nor unhappy. I just did what I felt was acceptable at that time, and even now I would do things that are acceptable to me. In the first place, whatever I do in life in general and the film industry in particular has to appeal to me first.