Interview : Lakshmi Manchu – I want to break out from the stereo types in Tollywood
Published on Apr 24, 2014 1:00 am IST


Lakshmi Manchu has been of the few actresses in Tollywood, who has been constantly doing films with an edge. Time and again, she has proved herself, and now she is back with an unconventional role in Chandamama Kathalu. On the eve of the film’s release, we caught up with Lakshmi Manchu for an detailed interview. Let’s see what she has to say.

Q) How is the pre-release buzz for Chandamam Kathalu ?

A) The buzz is amazing, and I should thank the media for promoting our film well. I have my fingers crossed, and hope people like my role.

Q) What made you accept a role like this ?

A) The day I heard the script, I knew I wanted to do this film. Very rarely in Telugu films, one gets to portray a unconventional role like this. I want to break the mould of stereo types with this film.

Q) Tell us some thing about your role ?

A) I play Lisa Smith, a super model in this film. My character goes through a lot of ups and down, and how if fight back is the whole story.

Q) There are many stories in the film. Do they have any connectivity with each other ?

A) Yes ! at a point of time during the course of the film, they do have a connection.

Q) How did you manage to pull off scenes featuring smoking and drinking ?

A) Initially I was very sceptical to smoke or drink on screen. But as my character demanded these scenes, I went ahead and did them professionally. A lot of research and preparation went into my role. I observed a lot of lady characters who smoke or drink in films and did it in my own way.

Q) Did your dad, Mohan Babu garu watch the film ?

A) No ! he did not watch the film. I will show him the film soon and am very eager to know, how would he react to my bold character in this flick.

Q) Why have you been so selective with your films ?

A) I need to first like the role that I am offered. I just don’t want to do every role that comes my way. My character should excite me and should be challenging enough for me to portray.

Q) What’s your take on politics. There have been strong rumours that you are entering active politics ?

A) Yes ! I have been approached by many parties to enter politics. I am definitely interested to join politics, but this is not the right time. May be after three or four years, I will surely get into active politics.

Q) Tell us about your future projects ?

A) I am done with a short film, which I will release once the elections are done. One of my own films is in the pre-production stage, and will soon go on sets.



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