Jiiva and Dhanush are very
supportive of newcomers
is my second Tamil hero. The similarity between
Jiiva and Dhanush is their professionalism.
They come on sets punctually and have no starry
airs. It was nice working with an experienced
actor like Jiiva. He used to help a lot in
calming me down when I struggle with my Tamil
dialogues as I have lengthy dialogues in VV.
He was indeed a good support for me in VV.
comfortable are you with Tamil now?
am fairly ok now. I can understand the dialogues
if you write and give it to me as I know most
of the common words that we use in our daily
life. But when people speak fast, I find it
difficult to understand. When you give my
lines in writing, it is easier for me to learn
now. I speak 10 times more in VV than in Aadukalam.
I speak 10 times more in VV
than in Aadukalam
Kannan is my very big support
is my 7th project including Tamil, Telugu
and Malayalam. Kannan is the first director
that I have come across in my career who gives
equal importance to woman in his films. In
south Indian cinemas, heroes are generally
highlighted. But Kannan has given preference
to me in scenes, dialogues and everything.
This has been a motivating factor for me to
work harder. Kannan is my very big support.
Whenever I complain about tough dialogues,
he would always say ‘no problem, take
your time’. Similarly, he will be the
first one to appreciate me when I perform
well and he believed in my capacity. I am
really happy to have worked with Kannan.
Which scene in Vandaan Vendraan was the toughest?
Most of my scenes in VV were tough, mainly because
of my dialogues. After Aadukalam, where I spoke only
a few sentences, VV was difficult as I had pages and
pages of dialogues and I had to do this walking and
talking in the hot Sun, in bridges and everywhere.
I recall one scene in VV which was shot in Kerala
in the rains. I wear contact lenses and when water
gets into my lenses, I cannot see. So, in this shot,
I had to do multitasking- speak lengthy dialogues,
shout at the hero and get my expressions right. To
top it all, there was breeze which made me cold and
the rains were making my contacts come out. This was
very tough for me. But when the crew applauded me
saying that it was my best shot, I felt my trouble
was worth it.
On your dancing
In Aadukalam, people did not see me dance but in Andhra,
I am known as a good dancer. In VV you will see me
dance. I am a trained Kathak dancer and have been
learning the dance form for 8 years. I was also in
Shiamak Davar group for 4 years. It is easier for
me to dance as I know both Indian and western dance
moves. So I can pick up dance moves very fast as I
love dancing and I have also been doing stage shows
since I was a child.
in Vandaan Vendraan
in VV are the highlight of the movie. All
the songs are superb and I am very lucky to
get a good intro number in my second film
itself. I hope it becomes a bigger hit than
Yathe Yathe because it is picturized only
on me. Thaman has rendered a fantastic album.
And I am sure VV is going to be as successful
as Aadukalam or even bigger than that.
Music in Vandaan Vendraan will
be a bigger hit than Aadukalam
Upcoming projects in Tamil
In Tamil, since my first film Aadukalam and my 2nd
Vandaan Vendraan have set the bar high for me, I am
very careful in choosing scripts and have not finalized
on anything as of now. I am listening to scripts and
will decide soon.
What about Telugu projects?
Two of my Telugu films have been released till now
and my third film Mr. Perfect with Prabhas will be
releasing in April beginning and in May, Veera with
Ravi Teja will come out. I will be signing a Telugu
film soon. In Malayalam, I have just finished a film
with Mammotty and Nadhiya called Doubles which will
be released in April.
I have seen him on screen in SMS and BEB and I love
the way he delivers the dialogues which makes me laugh
although I don’t understand what he is saying.
I have not met Santhanam and we don’t have any
combination scenes in VV. I have heard that his chemistry
with Jiiva will be superb and hope it works out well
in VV too.
They asked me to dip my head
unforgettable incident in VV?
special thing about VV is that whenever I
come back from the shoots of the film, I lose
a few kilos. We have been to remote parts
of Kerala, Badami, Mumbai, Goa and many places.
So everyone was amused that I kept losing
weight whenever I return from a schedule of
In one of the schedules, I had to enter water falls
and I am very scared of getting into water and they
asked me to dip my head into the water. I don’t
know how to swim and this particular scene required
me to be in a happy mood which was very challenging
for me when actually I was so scared from inside.
Another memorable incident is that I got to ride a
racer bike for one of the songs and I enjoyed it much.
Although it does not go with the theme of the movie,
the director saw me wanting to drive the bike and
gave me a chance to ride it.
are the movies that you saw recently?
I was seeing Jiiva’s Siva Manasula Sakthi
but could not complete it as it was late night
and I had to get up early for next day’s
shooting. I make sure that I see the films
of those artists that I work with as it helps
me understand about their performance much
better. Even for Dhanush, I saw Polladhavan,
his second film with Sonia Agarwal (Kaadhal
Kondein). I went to theatre to watch Raktha
Charithra as I am a huge fan of Suriya even
before I came into Tamil industry. As a north
Indian, we only know Suriya as someone who
did the Tamil Ghajini and I never imagined
that I would one day be working in the same
industry as Suriya. I make it a point to see
Suriya’s films in theatres.
I make it a point to see all
Suriya’s films in theatres
Suriya is the only hottest person
in the industry
do you find HOT in the industry?
is the only hottest person in the industry.
I also find many similarities between Dhanush
and Jiiva. Both are in the same age group;
are extremely professional; are married with
kid(s). They are not talkative but when you
talk to them they respond and they don’t
ignore you. Jiiva and Dhanush are very supportive
By now, you must have guessed that my favorite hero
in Tamil is Suriya. Of course there is the super star
and Kamal Haasan and I have met them also. But no
offense to them, Suriya remains my favorite.
Not only in Tamil but in all the south Indian languages,
Priya Mani is my favorite actress. She knows all the
languages and she is such a wonderful, natural actor
on screen. She delivers an effortless performance
which is natural and spontaneous. Others might say
the usual common names but I like Priya Mani.