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    I want to do quality work: Charmi

    Friday, January 28, 2005
    There are many things strange about Charmi.

    For one, she is a Punjabi lass who has is petite (most Punjab girls are huge in comparison to South ones). For another, she is doing very well in Andhra after having a not so good run in Tamil and Malayalam. And when most actress from North India have a standoffish attitude, she is friendly and affable.

    Then suddenly you realise, that she is just living up to her name.

    A chat with the actress with bounce.

    How does it feel now that your Mass is doing well?

    It's Nagarjuna garu's film. I was privileged enough to play a part in the movie. I enjoyed every moment of it. I think my role had a lot of fun and frolic attached to it. It was a wonderful experience working with somebody like Nagarjuna.

    Were you nervous for the film?

    In a sense yes. For I was picked after after Nags and director Lawrence saw me in the rushes of Sri Anjaneyam. They had high hopes on me. So I naturally wanted to live up to that. After the release of Mass, I was tense. But now that the film is doing well, I am happy and relieved.

    So in a sense Sri Anjaneyam is important to your career…

    It is certainly one of the important films for me. It was a movie that gave me a new identity. It is the impish girl Paddu who gave me a real sense of belonging. It was nice to work and learn under the baton of Krishna Vamsi.

    Much before Sri Anjaneyam, you had a chequered career…

    It was obviously a tough period both as an actress as well as a person. Now, looking back, I feel very embarrassed seeing my old films, not because they failed but because I was portly. I was so raw and innocent. It was a different kind of period.

    But how did you cope up with the failures?

    It was all due to perseverance and patience. I worked hard and honed my skills. It was a difficult time. But I think I really took things in my stride and strove very diligently. I am a better person for that now.

    What are the movies you are doing now?

    I have got a lot of offers. But I am now much more discerning. I am looking at films with good scripts and strong characters, and I want to do quality work. I am currently busy with Krishhnavamsi's Chakram.

    Who supports you the most in your family?

    Obviously my mom. She loves all my films, she doesn't tire of watching them. She just adores me whenever I perform. She thinks I am the prettiest thing in the world.

    How do you look at life and competition?

    I feel very lucky to travel, meet people, and get a lot of exposure and freedom. I enjoy my work. But I am still the same person at home. As far as competition is concerned, I am all for healthy competition. The industry is very big and there is space for everyone.

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