After ‘Mahanati’, I have not been disinclined towards doing commercial movies. I am glad that lady-oriented subjects have been offered to me. I latched on to ‘Miss India’ because the story and my character are exciting.
Coming to the premise of ‘Miss India’, it’s about an aspirational woman who sets up a chai chain in a foreign country, where coffee shops rule the roost. As a middle-class Indian entrepreneur, she is determined to shine in the world of business. When she starts a chai chain, she is confronted with a number of challenges. How she overcomes them is what the film is about. It’s her challenging journey. When the title of the film was announced, many assumed that it’s about a beauty pageant or something. But after the trailer was out, the nature of the subject became clear.
This is director Narendra Nath’s first movie, but it didn’t matter to me. I weighed my options only by the script. His vision and passion are commendable. I loved the way he narrated the story. He has got attention to detail.
I started working out more after the release of ‘Mahanati’. ‘Miss India’ is one of the reasons why I slimmed down a lot. The director had told me that I need to look slim so any dress would fit me.
Producer Mahesh Koneru approached me for ‘Miss India’ because, having watched ‘Mahanati’, he felt that only I can do full justice to the character. Above all, I liked the story. The producer has ensured that the production values befit the script.
I have started to feel more responsible after ‘Mahanati’. My determination to be a perfectionist goes up if it’s a female-centric movie with the aim of exploring myself as an actor. I am open to doing web-series provided the concept/story is good and my feature film schedules are not affected.
I am happy about teaming up with Mahesh Babu sir for the first time. I will join the shoot of ‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’ in January.
After ‘Miss India’, my immediate next release is going to be ‘Good Luck Sakhi’. Besides ‘Sarkaru Vaari Paata’, I will also be seen in (Rajinikanth’s) ‘Annaatthe’. I am also in talks for a Tamil film and two Telugu films.