The yoga instructor-turned-actress, Anoushka Shetty, debuted in Tamil films with the Sundar C directed ‘Rendu’ opposite Madhavan a few years back. The film flopped at the box office, making Anoushka jittery and forced her to shift base from Kollywood to Tollywood.
Though she has done quite a few movies in Tollywood, last year’s ‘Arundhati’ ranks as her best hit in all languages till date. The film, a heroine-oriented role, brought to the fore Anoushka’s amazing screen presence and her acting credentials.
‘The unprecedented success of ‘Arundhati prompted its producer to dub the film in all the South Indian languages. The Tamil version of ‘Arundhati’, released with the same title, ran to packed houses all over the State and even gave the big films a run for their money.
This prompted Tamil producers and directors to queue up and sign up Anoushka in their films. She has had her comeback venture in Tamil films opposite Vijay in ‘Vettaikaran’ . She also has ‘Singam’ opposite Suriya, another top hero in Kollywood.
A Tete-a-tete with Anoushka
How did you feel prior to and after the release of ‘Vettaikkaran’?
It was great to work with Vijay, who is so simple and down-to-earth. I certainly didn’t have any attitude problems with him. The film’s box-office collections are quite encouraging. As an actor, I can only perform and can’t assure the success of all the movies in which I’m involved. We can only do our best and hope for the best.
How’s your ‘Singam’ opposite Suriya progressing?
‘Singam’ is another typical commercial entertainer buy my role is quite a significant one in the movie. I have been learning Tamil sincerely to look realistic while lip-synching the dialogues and have begun to understand Tamil a lot better now.