How does it feel to be a top actress in such a short span?
It is all unbelievable. Frankly, as like most of the actresses, I had not intention of joining films. But I won a beauty contest back in my hometown Thrissur and a couple of ads for a popular jewellery shop. Soon enough the film offers started and before long I was off.
But from Malayalam you went to Tamil and then only you came to Telugu. Explain this journey
I guess it is all a logical process. After seeing my 4 The People, Cheran (the Tamil film director) sought me out for his film. After all the tests, I was made one of the heroines in his film Autograph. Though there two other actresses including Sneha, my role was spoken about very highly. The Malayalam-based role went down well with masses. And when they decided to do the film In Telugu, it was natural that I played the role. In fact, except for Bhumika, all of the three other heroines had worked in the Tamil original.
Take us through your first Telugu film's experience
What do I say except that fact that I have had great memories of the film. I don't know whether it is a hit. But I know for a fact that I have been accepted well. My role has been appreciated. It is a simple but powerful character. It is the pivot on which the movie sits. The natural innocence and strong will of the character is a wonderful combination. I enjoyed every minute it. It appeals to the sensitivities and sensibilities of every one.
On Letha Manasulu
Well, this is another author-backed role. In the Tamil original Deivayani played it. Then again, it is a powerful character of a woman who has to take on her husband's other woman. Then again a lot of thought had gone into the characterization. I guess there was not even a single coarse dialogue in the film.
Between the two, which role do you identify with more?
Difficult to tell. Both have a beautiful side to them. Tenderness is at the core of both the characters. I guess it has to be Naa Autograph, because it is more slice-of-life. It is from everyone'' life.
How was it working with stars like Ravi Teja and Srikanth?
Absolutely fine. Both are professionals. One is a mass hero and another has family hero sentiment. Both put me at ease and never behaved as big stars with me. In fact, it has been a pleasant experience working in Telugu. The people have been nice and sweet.
Your next film, Yuvasena, too is a remake. Does it feel bad to be doing only remakes?
I guess I have to make do with what comes my way. Ideally, I would want to do roles that are new. But having said that, these roles were one time new and fresh. So somewhere down the line I have to make compromises.