Before Jhumandi Nadham…
I was modeling before entering the film industry. I was in Miss India 2008 for Fresh Face and Best Skin. I did a lot of television commercials like Red FM and quite a few commercials. All the casting coordinators had my photos. Lakshmi Prasanna was looking for new face for her movie. She saw my pictures, shortlisted me from hundreds of girls. I gave two screen tests and I was selected.
Reason to sign this movie…
The fact that I was working with legendary director K. Raghavendra Rao. My cameraman is great DOP Gopal Reddy and the banner. They are all legends so I thought it will be a wonderful movie. The character I am doing is great that has offered me scope to act. I will be laughing, crying, dancing and everything a girl will emote. That’s why I took it up.
My Character in this film
I am NRI girl who comes to India for the first time. She’s born and brought up in USA. Her parents have brought her up well like a typical Telugu girl. I come to shoot a documentary on Telugu tradition and music. So here I come across the character of the hero who helps me in shooting this short movie. It starts as a business deal but I end up loving him. My character is typical girlie character. She gets hyper and emotional, etc.
I met Manoj for the first time on sets. We were going to shoot a love song that needed chemistry. But Manoj and I are extroverts. We got along very well. Till date we have got better in our friendship. Talking about professional side, he is experienced when compared to me. He helped me with a few Telugu words and scenes. A few tough scenes, he handled and helped me. He’s an amazing dancer.
Manoj’s daredevilry, your comment?
He’s a guy with tremendous energy levels. He has danced with lot of energy. His stunts in the climax of the movie, he was the stunt director, he didn’t use any safety or dupe, he did it himself.I was like, what's wrong with this guy, but he's just great.
Any scene with Dr.Mohan Babu?
A lot of scenes. Mohan Babu in the movie is my father’s best friend. So he takes care of me. From the beginning, till the end, he’s there throughout the movie. He’s playing a very important in the character. In real life, he’s my well wiser. Sharing screen space with him on my debut movie, I consider myself very lucky.
About the music director…
I didn’t meet Keeravani before audio release. When I met him, I heard Vedam’s music as well. There was variety in ‘Vedam’. He has made classical music in ‘Jhummandi Nadham’. All songs are different. There is one wedding song, one sensuous song, etc. He is a great man yet simple.
Your Favourite Song…
A lot of difficulty to choose out of the nine songs, I like ‘Nigraham’ and ‘Entha Entha’.
Excited about the release of your first movie?
One week back I was excited. I was receiving good reviews about the audio, my reviews, etc. But now I am nervous. For the past 1 week, I have been getting night mares. I am the only new one in the movie. I don’t know if I will be accepted. But all of them around are saying me to chill and the movie will surely be hit.
A few words on Lakshmi Prasanna
She’s much more than a producer to me. She’s taken care of me, my looks, etc. She’s done much more than a producer. We share a good rapport. We’ve become close friends now.
Recollect funny incidents on sets
There were many funny incidents. It was more than a picnic than a film’s shooting. Manoj, Lakshmi and I enjoyed a lot. We did a lot of crazy things to entertain the people on the sets. We spent eight months. It was fun together.
About the director
Raghavendra Rao is a relaxed man. He never used to speak on the sets. He has given me importance. During the titling of the movie, Manoj had Rocking Star before his name, but for me it was only ‘introducing’. So when I asked, he told the editor to keep a title for me as well. He pampers his heroines and gave me constant encouragement.
Your portrayal on screen
The director’s trademark is using fruits and flowers. A little different Raghavendra Rao will be seen in this movie. He’s used cocounuts, flowers, etc.
First movie done. Next?
I signed three movies. It is scary even before my first movie released. It is a big responsibility on me, to live up to their expectations. I have already started shooting for Dasrath’s direction with Prabhas as hero. I am also working with Vishnu with Mohan Babu as producer. I have signed a new movie with Ravi Teja.
Characters in future movies…
I would always want to differ from my previous movie. With Prabhas, I am an NRI but arrogant, not like the girlie character in ‘Jhummandhi Nadham’. I am a tomboy in Prabhas movie. I am a mud biker. In Vishnu’s movie I am a normal girl. In Ravi Teja’s movie, I am hyper active, chirpy and bubbly.
First words of Appreciation
During a shooting in Araku, Lakshmi said that she was lucky to have me as the heroine for the movie. Raghavendra Rao told I was one of the most beautiful girl he has worked with. Gopal Reddy told I looked amazing on screen and telling I’ll go to great heights in the film industry. Mohan Babu made people the clap on sets, a cherishable experience. During the audio launch, Chiranjeevi appreciated me in front of the crowd for learning Telugu.
Thank you so much everyone. Thank you for your appreciations. I will try my best to live up to the expectations. Jhummandi Nadham releases on July 1st. I am very excited as it is release of my first ever movie. Wish me luck.