How does it feel to have made it?
I don't know whether I have made it. In this field you have to constantly evolve. You are only as good as your last film. So you have to constantly work. You have to constantly improve. As they say you have to keep running just to remain in the same place. But on the whole I am happy with the turn of affairs in my career.
Let us start with Sri Anjaneyam. How was the experience with Krishna Vamsi?
In one word it was fabulous. I was fortunate to work under a genius like Vamsi. He is such a huge figure in Telugu industry. But he put me at ease and helped me through every scene. And I enjoyed the tomboyish kind of role as Paddu. It gave me a lot of opportunity to hone my skills. It also gave me a good name.
How did you get into acting?
Sheer happenstance. I was in Mumbai when I chanced upon a modeling assignment. From there, I was quickly offered a role in Nee Thodu Kaavali. Mind you, I was just 13 then. I acted in the film during my school vacation. Then a few films in Tamil and Malayalam. (All with big names). Now I am before you. In between, I also tried my best to get into Bollywood. I made a re-entry into Telugu with Neeke Manasichanu starring Srikanth.
How was it working with heroes like Srikanth, Nitin,Sumanth?
Each has his own style and each is different from the other. I did not have any problems working with them. Srikanth was very nice to me. So was Nitin. He is down to earth and is very friendly. We shared good vibes. Sumanth too was very co-operative. I felt like I knew him for a long time.
On your other heroes like Ravi Teja and Nagarjuna?
They are obviously big names. But they are true professionals. Teja is pure fun while Nagarjuna is a workaholic. During the shots, he is fully focused. Off it, he is nice and friendly.
What are the efforts you put in to be a frontline actress?
I constantly look to improve my craft. I also like to stay in shape. I love exercising. Initially ,some said that I was fat. So I worked hard on my fitness and reduced all the flab. Now I am fit. I love swimming and dancing. I have my workouts in them. I also constantly work on my mental toughness and confidence. They are as important as physical fitness.
What do you want to end up as?
I don't know. But I want to be known as a sincere actress who gave all her best.