Anushka Shetty - described by many as the go-to girl for characterdriven roles. But Anushka dismisses this statement with a 'it all depends on the script' line. She says, "When you get a good script, and the director gives you proper lines, half your job is done. That's how I felt while shooting for Varna." In a chat, the actress shares her experience working on the film, her equation with Arya and why she loves Georgians...
Was there any doubt in your mind when you were offered the script?
I would have hated it if someone else got to play my character. The minute I heard the script, I was floored. And I told myself there was no way I am missing this opportunity.
Tell us about the characters you play
One of the roles I play is that of a doctor. She is head-over-heels in love with the hero, and is always behind him. The other character I play is a lot stronger. She's very different,
rebellious and outspoken.
The schedule in Georgia must have been one experience
The biggest storm in Georgia happened when we were there and the President had to come down to give the citizens moral support. It was also the first time that I shot at a place that was so cut off from civilisation. We were shooting at Datlo, which is seven hours away from Telavi, and even to buy basic necessities, we had to travel back to the city. The road that leads to this place is also interesting; it's hidden by waterfall and we had to wait for the right moment to cross it!
The chemistry between you and Arya comes across as raw and sizzling
It's a pucca love story, and we have some really interesting sequences. Arya is a great actor to work with. He's friendly, and I had a great time working with him.
Anushka Shetty Biography
Anushka Shetty, better known by her stage name Anushka Shetty is an Indian film actress, who works in the Telugu and Tamil film industries.
Born: November 7, 1981 (age 32), Mangalore
Height: 1.83 m
Upcoming movie: Irandaam Ulagam
Siblings: Sai Ramesh Shetty, Gunaranjan Shetty
Parents: Prafulla Shetty, A.N. Vittal Shetty
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Selvaraghavan extracts best from actors: Anushka Shetty
Lauding filmmaker Selvaraghavan, who is awaiting the release of Tamil fantasy romantic-drama Irandam Ulagam, the film's leading lady Anushka Shetty said he has the knack of extracting the best out of his actors. "Selva is usually regarded as a tough director, but he knows how to extract the best out of his actors. Therefore, if an actor in his film is lauded by critics and audiences, the due credit goes to him. He may be tough, but we didn't feel the pressure," Anushka .
"I was little worried that I may not live up to his expectations, but everything went on smoothly and it was indeed a pleasure working with him," she added. In Irandam Ulagam, Anushka is paired opposite Arya for the first time. It's a love story set against the backdrop of two different worlds."It's not your usual love story but something the audience has not experienced so far. Selva's touch to the love angle along with the breathtaking visuals will definitely make the film an unforgettable experience for viewers," she said. Shot predominantly in Georgia as well as Hyderabad and Goa, the film is produced by PVP Cinema and is slated to release Nov 22.