Aditi Rao Hydari has been going great guns in her career. After doing some hit films in Hindi and Tamil, she is making her debut in Telugu with the romantic drama, Sammohanam. On this occasion, we caught up with her for a detailed interview. Here is the transcript.
How did you bag this project?
I was very busy doing films one after the other. One fine day, I got a call from Indraganti sir and he just narrated me five minutes of the story. I requested him to give a detailed narration. At the end of it, I told him that I will do the film at any cost and requested him to wait for me to free my dates. He did and the film is finally ready for release.
How was it playing an actor on screen?
Generally, we go through a lot of chores during our shoot life and we don’t complain about things. But to re-do all those things on screen was very tough. The audience has a perception that heroines live a rich life and all they need is to look beautiful. But that is not the case as we do a lot of hard work and acting is not at all easy. Luckily for my debut, I had a great director like Indragnti sir who allowed to be myself and approach the role in my own way.
Your working experience with Sudheer Babu?
I have not seen any of his films previously. I just knew that he had done a film called Baaghi. Sudheer is generally a very calm person who changes gears when the camera is on. He is an effortless actor and he has done a superb job in the film.
How difficult was it to speak Telugu?
Even though I was born in Hyderabad, I completely grew up in the north. I clearly remember, my grandfather always used to say either speak in Urdu or Telugu at home but I never took up the language. Now that I was playing a north Indian in the film, Mohan sir asked me to dub for myself and things worked out perfectly for the film.
How are you planning your career in the south?
For me, there are no regional boundaries. I only do films which I connect to. I was happy doing Hindi films and one fine day Mani Sir called me and gave me a break. Things changed drastically and here I am doing two Telugu films back to back. Language is not a barrier for me and I am game to do even a Spanish or a Hollywood project for that matter.
Any particular director do you want to work in Telugu?
I loved Sankalp Reddy’s work and I am currently doing a film with him now. I would love to work with directors like Tharun Bhaskar, Shekhar Kammula and Karthick Subbaraj in Tamil.