us about your background
was born and brought up in New Jersey, USA. I attended jazz classes
in New Jersey and learnt acting at Asha Chandra Acting Institute
in Bombay. My parents and relatives in USA are into hotel business
and few of them are doctors. None of them have any contacts with
the film industry.
did you get your first break?
attended a concert by Sunil Shetty and Govinda in USA. Sunil Shetty
was looking for a girl from the audience who could dance along
with him on the stage. I was wearing a prominent looking white
dress and waving hands at him. He asked me to come onto the dais
and I danced along with him. After the concert he called me backstage
and told me that I looked very confident and that I should think
about entering the film industry. I took it as joke then.
my summer break I came to India to learn acting in Asha Chandra
Institute. Rikku (Rakesh Nath -Madhuri Dixit's secretary) called
me and offered me heroine's role opposite his son Karan Nath in
Hindi film Pagalpan. That's how I got my first break.
did you get a break in Telugu films?
Pagalpan released, I went back to USA. Jayant called me
Donga and Suresh Babu also called me at the same time for
Nuvvu Naaku Nachav.
I guess they saw my photographs in Bombay. I could not do Takkari
Donga as I was signed for Nuvvu
did you over come language barrier in Telugu films?
I found myself out of place. Everybody knows the language and
I was the only person sitting quietly without having any idea
about what's happening on the sets. But over a period of time
I started understanding it because people out here are very nice
and understanding. But since I have decided to make it a career
and stay here, I started liking what I am doing and I absolutely
love working in Telugu films.
are you studying now?
just finished my +2 and I am taking a break. I would be entering
my first year of college soon.
an American born desi, did u face any cultural conflicts in USA?
parents always maintained Indian culture in our house. All our
family members get together for every Indian festival. We are
not allowed to speak English in our house. Only Gujarathi - my
mother tongue - is allowed. Every summer, we used to visit India
to meet our grand parents. Even being in USA, we had the Indian
culture alive in our upbringing.
used to go to a school that is dominated by Spanish people, whites
and blacks. There were not many Indians in the school I studied.
People used to think that I was a Puerto Rican. I shared my friends'
hobbies. So I never felt out of place.
are considered as the 'lady-luck' in Telugu film Industry, as
all the films you acted in so far have become hits. How do you
feel about it?
feel really great that producers are considering me that way.
But I would like to honestly admit that it's the teamwork and
not just me that can contribute towards the success. Everybody
is putting his or her best efforts. Moreover, my choice of movies
until now I guess was right.
have put on weight after Nuvvu Naaku Nachav. Is it an intentional
move to please Telugu people who have a liking towards chubby
It's nothing like that. I am doing so many outdoor shoots and
I have no time. I also miss USA food. Because of my hectic schedules
I don't get enough time to go to the gym.
plans of to(u)ning your body?
I really have to do it.
us your observation about each and every Telugu hero you have
worked with so far?
always have a special place for Venky in my heart. I really love
him. He is down to earth and very professional. I did not feel
like I was working with a big star when I was shooting with him.
do gel well with Tarun as we belong to the same age group. NTR
is like a little kid. He is always fooling around in the sets.
He never lets you sit quite.
with Chiranjeevi garu was an experience in itself. The credit
for my performance in Indra
goes to Chiranjeevi garu. He helped me with each and every
shot. I learnt a lot from him. Initially I was discouraged by
some people that if I act with elder heroes, I might be graduated
to a stage where I would be unfit to be paired up with youth heroes.
But my father pushed me into doing it. After working with him,
I realized that it was a biggest opportunity
get along very well with Mahesh Babu. We worked like a family
along with the production team for the Bobby.
am currently doing Nee Sneham with Uday Kiran. He is a
very quite person. It was nice working with him. I really don't
know him much. We hardly spoke to each other.
are your friends' reactions after seeing you on the big screen?
was 16 when Pagalpan was released. My make-up, costumes
and hair-do were bad because it was a low budget film. But all
my Telugu films were released in USA. Even my American friends
go to the theaters to watch my Telugu films. They are absolutely
thrilled watching me on the big screen.
is your favorite role till date?
half of the offers I get, heroine needs to expose. And I never
wanted to do that. I always felt that there is more to heroine
than just running around trees, exposing and showing off her body.
I feel that a good actress is the one who shows expression from
face not from the body. Only Snehalatha Reddy character is different
from the other characters I played.
seem to have gone wrong between you and Mohan Babu. Tell us the
was new to this world. I heard so many things about Mohan Babu
like he slaps heroines. When Mohan Babu called up my dad to talk
about casting me in his film, my dad told him that I was afraid
of him. Then Mohan Babu called me up and assured that he would
treat me like a princess as long as I worked hard and was disciplined.
He sounded very nice over the phone. But again, I was new to this
place and I was somehow not comfortable.
character in Nuvvu Naaku Nachav has lot of sensibility
in it and all other roles so far have been more of glamour-oriented.
Can we expect a film with such a nice characterization from you
in the future?
My character is Nee Sneham would fit that bill. I am playing
a simple middle class girl who always wears half-sarees and chudidaars.
us about your character in Bobby?
am playing the role of Bhagyamati in Bobby. My character
belongs so much to the present generation. She is youthful and
bubbly and at the same time very emotional.
Bobby inspired by Romeo and Juliet?
story has love angle attached to it. This film is about a celluloid
dream come true of director Sobhan's love story. I would not say
that it's a film based on Romeo and Juliet. But it's something
similar to it.
do you manage dances in films?
mostly depends on the choreographers. I feel most comfortable
working with Lawrence. I also like Raja Sekhar Master. Both of
them know what I can do and what I cannot. Suchitra is good at
songs with feelings. I got a great response for 'Ela
Ela' (from Nuvvu
Leka Nenu Lenu) that is composed by Suchitra. After that song,
lots of choreographers are encouraging me to come up with expressions
similar to those in 'Ela
Ela' song. All that credit goes to Suchitra.
are your future films?
signed a film with Bala Krishna garu that starts in November
in the direction of B Gopal. I am also doing a film with Venky
for Suresh Productions for which the script is not yet finalized.
I am also doing a film with NTR, which would start in November
2003. Negotiations for other films are going on and I have not
confirmed anymore yet.
is your future career plan? You can't continue as heroine forever
the reason why I am simultaneously concentrating on my studies.
Once I stop acting in films, I have education to rely on. I could
do medicine and continue that as my profession. I give priority
to education over acting.
your date of birth?
5th. My sun sign is Pisces. I believe in sun signs and I read
my horoscope daily.
sister Aditi Agrawal is making her debut with Gangotri.
Tell us about her!
am told that she is doing really well. She is a slimmer version
of me. K Raghavendra Rao garu and her co-star Allu Arjun told
me that she is amazing at the work. I am proud of her.
you have any other siblings?
have a brother who is one year elder to me. He is very good in
sports. He is a good basketball player. He is interested in technical
aspects of movies.
us about your -
books and authors?
favorite book is 'Conversations with God'. I must have
read this book at least five times. I love reading books by
author Danielle Steel.
favorite film is A walk to remember. I like watching
any movie starring Tom Cruise and Sylvester Stallone. My favorite
movie of Sylvester is Cliff Hanger.
Mexican and Italian food in USA. Here in Hyderabad, I like pizzas.
The Mexican food made in Hyderabad restaurants is very indianized.
I love Chinese food here. But I am sick and tired of idli and
dosa stuff that is served every morning. I even miss my breakfast
because of that. One thing I cannot live without is sweets.
Now you know why I am so chubby! My sister Aditi is fond of
are your strengths and weaknesses?
strength is my family and my weakness is my love for sweets. Also
my friends say that I am over ambitious. I believe in the age-old
adage 'Hard work always pays'.
you feel sad that at this tender age, you gave up you college
life to work hard in a film industry?
am only 18 now. For an ordinary girl, 18 is the age when she enjoys,
hangs out with friends. Every girl at my age enjoys. But I am
working here like a dog. But one thing keeps me inspiring all
the time that is I am on the TV of every house and in the hearts
of every Telugu movie lover.
did you first come across idlebrain.com?
I was acting in Nuvvu
Naaku Nachav, I used to visit cyber cafes very often. It was
comfortable then, as nobody knew me at that time. I asked the
cyber café guy to recommend me to a good Telugu film web
site and he recommended me to idlebrain.com. That was the first
time I saw idlebrain.com and got hooked to it. Even my brother
and sister visit idlebrain.com regularly.
message to IB visitors?
visit idlebrain.com a lot because its one of my favorite sites.
I am sure people visiting such a good site are good too and such
good people always appreciate good films. Enjoy all the good things
in life, which needless to say, include all my films.