Did you expect such overwhelming response?
Frankly, I knew that the film would do well but never expected that the crowds will love me and the film in such a huge manner. I have seen the film in the theaters and the response that the audience gave me was shocking and made me feel on top of the world.
What went through your mind when Shekhar Kammula narrated the script?
The first thing that came across was that will I be able to pull off the role of a Telangana girl and that too in my own voice. But credit should go to Shekhar Kammula for sticking with me and going through the pain of transforming me into a true Telangana girl.
So what all went into the making of Bhanumati?
Firstly, we did a couple of workshops and enacted most of the scenes with the main cast. Then, I learned to drive the tractor and all the small things which the village girls do in these days.
You have created a new trend of heroines with no makeup. What do you have to say?
It is not a trend. I feel that with Fidaa, Shekhar Kammula has shown that even those with pimples on their face and normal looking can be super confident in their lives. He has given the women a new identity and it is showing with the way the young girls have been appreciating the film.
What was the best compliment you received for the film?
Someone I knew from the crew always hated the Telangana language and avoided his kids from speaking it. But after watching the film and my role, he changed his mind and is now very proud of his heritage and culture. This was the biggest compliment for me as Fidaa showcased Telangana culture in such a rich manner with a lot of emotions. Also, some compared me with the likes of Savitri and Soundarya which is a huge thing to say.
Working with Sai Chand?
It was a very memorable experience. He became my real dad during the shoot and every time he cried in a scene I too turned emotional even though I was not present in that particular scene. The same is with him and he has done a wonderful job in the film.
Chemistry with Varun Tej?
Varun is a very shy type guy who talks less and does his job and leaves the set. His role is quite special and the way he carried it off with some subtle emotions made our chemistry turn out even better.
Your dances have become the talk of the town. What do you have to say?
I love dancing and have learned it on a professional level. I am getting so many compliments on my dancing and all the credit should go to Shekhar master as he choreographed Vacchinde and Lolli songs which are a rage now.
In your growing days on which actor did you go Fidaa completely on?
Laughs! I was a huge fan of Surya during my college days. I never missed his films and would love to act with him any moment.
Working with Dil Raju?
I have already done two films with him and I just love his passion towards his films and the industry. The way he promoted the film and took it all over the Telugu states is just mind blowing.
What about your studies now?
I have completed my MBBS now and am busy with films in hand. Sometime in the future, I would love to do cardiology and get back to working as a doctor.
I am shooting for MCA and also have wrapped up a film with Naga Shourya.
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