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Tamannaah Bhatia is a trendsetting phenomenon. Over a span of nearly 14 years and more than 60 movies, she has amassed a portfolio of characters that helped her establish a commanding presence in the industry. The actor’s exalted status can be attributed to her self-confidence, her craft and her ability to stay relevant. What is more admirable is that she has chalked out her own unique path. Yes, she is not someone who waits for opportunities, she creates them. In conversation with the acting powerhouse, who has both the sense of an actor and the sensibilities of a star, who shares her journey.

LATEST BUZZ
Shooting for K.G.F.: Chapter 1 It was wonderful to work with actor Yash and the entire team. They were really warm and made me wonder why I haven’t done a full-fledged film in Kannada yet.

On Sye Ra Narasimha Reddy
I got many offers for large-scale period films but nothing excited me till Sye Ra.. came along. I have always wanted to work with Chiranjeevi and I am glad to have landed this. Starring in an epic and a non-fictional film is a big challenge for actors as they need to research extensively about the characters.

On mastering classical dance for Sye Ra..
Of course, to get perfect in a classical dance, it takes many years, and I didn’t have that much time. As and when I got time, I used to practise and perfect my steps.

That is Mahalakshmi
Ever since I saw Queen, I wanted to be part of its remake, if it is made. I always looked forward to work in female-centric films. Now with filmmakers writing more meaty roles for women, it’s a great time for us to explore different characters.



REWIND
Why acting?
Since childhood, I have always aspired to be an actor. I was just 14, when I started working. I studied till 12th standard and thereafter got busy with South Indian films. I must say that never did I run around for good offers.

On bagging your first film Chand Sa Roshan Chehra
I was performing at the annual day function in school where I was spotted by producer Salim Akhtar who was in the audience. He encouraged me to audition for the role of the lead actress in this film. I gave it a shot and cleared through.

Experience with Prithvi Theatre…
It was a great learning experience. I strongly believe that nobody can teach you acting. But such platforms help you loosen up; get rid of initial inhibitions and gain confidence.

As actors…
We should learn from different experiences, update ourselves with new skills and not repeat previous mistakes as much as possible. The more you evolve as a person, the better actor you become. Balancing Tollywood/ Bolly- wood/Kollywood assignments…
I go film by film and I am quite familiar with all the industries now. I hail from Mumbai and residing in the South is another extension of me. I have worked there since a young girl. So, no harsh adjustments per se.



Facing camera for the first time?
Scared and nervous! I was trying to get it right without ruining the shot.

FORTE
On learning Telugu/Tamil?
All my training happened while delivering the lines. Yes, I had to understand and make sense of them. Now I can converse in both Telugu and Tamil fluently. In fact, I speak Telugu better than Sindhi!

How much do you get affected by your characters?
It depends on how intense the films are. Some characters really require you to dive into them. The emotional and physical involvement is a lot to handle. I must admit that there are days when I come home drained out.

Your strength
My ability to adept in any situation.



How do you connect back to reality?
I don’t zone out beyond the shot. But to return to my normal self, I go home, spend time with family and friends, and start over all again.

Handling perks/downfalls
Nothing is permanent in life. So, I don’t dwell too much on success or failure. I feel blessed and fortunate for what I have achieved.

Most difficult role
Baahubali. It was physically very demanding. There were a few injuries here and there during the stunts.

Post-Baahubali
Post the success of this film, filmmakers has been offering me action-oriented subjects which are more performance-centric. So yes, in a way, Baahubali has helped me shape up as an actor. Now, I can fit into any role.

On longevity
My confidence! I also have no qualms doing glamorous roles, as long as they are important for the story. Films have always shown me in good light, I thank directors.

UP AND CLOSE
Parents approval of your career choice While my father Mr.Santosh was supportive, my mother Mrs.Rajani was not that comfortable. But over a course of time, she understood me. They stand by me. I enjoy their never-ending support.

Wite-n-Gold
Wite-n-Gold is my father’s business. I contribute to the creative aspects as a designer.

Sacrifices behind the glamour
Just that you have to prioritise your work over others. But isn’t that obvious in very field? With so much cut-throat competition, you have to be on the top of your game.

Essentials to survive
Passion, discipline, consistency and improvisation.

The real Tamannaah is…
A foodie, chilled out, loves to host people, spend time with family and friends and finds joy in little things like a long drive.

Change about yourself
I am not that patient. I need to work on it.

RAPID FIRE
FAVOURITES
…pizza topping: Olives
…airport look: A comfortable dress
…word: Amazing
…emoji: Rolling on the floor and laughing
…red carpet look
Pant suit- classy and comfortable.
…fashion designer
Neeta & Nishka Lulla, Sabyasachi and Anamika
Addicted to
Coffee
One thing on your bucket list
Leisure travel
Admire
Priyanka Chopra. Her achievements
are really inspiring.
Strangest thing ever eaten
Shell fish. It didn’t go down well.
Precious thing in your wardrobe
My footwear collection. It has been a tad difficult to source them.
Any weird habit
I sleep with my mouth open.
Biggest turn off
Fakeness
Style mantra
Be comfortable in whatever you wear
Fashion faux pas
Too much bling during my initial days

 
 
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