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RED CARPET UNROLLED FOR RASHMIKA

She is a livewire and a girl who believes in herself. With five films in Kannada and in two Telugu to her credit, this girl has been on a hit spree. After a successful stint in Kannada she forayed into Tollywood with Chalo and soon has become the queen of hearts with her performance in the recent super hit Geetha Govindam. In conversation with the Rashmika Mandanna who speaks her heart unfiltered.

LATEST BUZZ
Geetha Govindam is raved by the critics and audience. Your take It still feels like yesterday that I met Parasuram sir in the same Avasa hotel. Mom and I heard the script.
I simply loved it. However, I couldn't instantly say ‘yes’ because I was busy with other projects. But I was keen on this film. So, once my other projects got over, we touched base and the film soon went on to floors. Though I was quite positive about its success right from the beginning, I am thrilled when people call me Geetha. The feeling of success has just started sinking.

Overwhelmed by praise?
Of course, who doesn't? Acting in a film is a wonderful experience and the appreciation from the audience is the icing on the cake. There are so many memorable moments and pictures, I feel one day, I shall sit back and just upload all of them as Insta stories.

Did you ever expect this massive response and appreciation?
Everything depends on the audience mood. Geetha… came in at the right time with the right kind of emotion that the audience was looking for.
So they could connect to it.

How do you pick projects?
I look for the main emotion that drives the film. That could be humor, romance or for that matter, drama. Content is the king.

On working with actor Vijay Devarakonda?
He is casual and easy going. There has been a lot of communication between us. We used to discuss scenes and rehearse a lot as I had a problem with Telugu.



And director Parasuram?
Initially, I was using my hands a lot and did a lot of eyebrow movements. But he would cut me and insist that I should emote through my eyes. He would emote his characters and show. Trust me, he can become a great actor too.

Any unforgettable incident on the sets?
Raghu master told Parasuram sir, “If you don't speak to Rashmika for five minutes, she will start crying”. They all played a prank and started talking to me in monosyllables. I thought that it was something to do with my performance and was about to break down. That was when Vijay said, "Parasuram sir, enough."

Upcoming projects?
Devdas with Nagarjuna and Nani and Dear Comrade. In Dear ... I play a cricketer. That was the only sport I never played.

REWIND
Tell us about your formative years.
Most of my childhood was spent in hostel in Kodagu. So I am pretty independent. I grew up amidst nature and I also travelled a lot Academics I was not a science or maths geek. So, I thought journalism with psychology was a deadly combination. I went for modeling & won Ms.Fresh Face tittle.

Why films?
I am a Bharatanatyam dancer. But when I did a skit, they told me that I could not act. So I never thought that I would be here.

Parents’ consent
I was apprehensive, but my parents were encouraging and confident. All they worry about is the pressure of the profession and whether I would be able to handle it.



Acting workshops or dialect trainings?
Not really. I just went with the flow. However, I tried to catch phonetics so that I pronounce the words right.

Challenges
You are born or you die every Friday. It is decided in just two hours. So you have to do your best and leave the rest.

Winning awards
Surreal feeling but happy Tollywood wish list A biopic of Soundary mam.

Godfather, a must?
If you have talent, you would be encouraged. It is your hardwork, selection of projects and how you portray yourself. However, it is good to have a godfather, but you need not be dispirited if you don’t have one.

Dubbing
When I watched the films for which I didn't dub I realised that many expressions have been missed. So I started dubbing for myself even if it means working for a good and additional 15-20 days. Best & worst part Best part is that people don't yet recognise me so instantly and by the time they do, I am gone. I love looking at their expression when they realize I am Rashmika. The worst part is erratic sleep schedule.

UP & CLOSE
Media intrusion My parents are well known. So I have always been under the radar. Now I have different set of eyes watching me as I am an actor. That is all.

Rakshit Shetty & marriage
I met him while doing the film Kirik Party. Marriage is the family's call.

Fitness regimen
I work out and eat right. I have a sweet tooth but I control it.
The real Rashmika
Every time I meet someone, I want to make that person smile. Trust me, it is highly achievable. I saw Nag sir doing it. He spreads smiles and warmth. That is what the real Rashmika wishes to be.

Life sans limelight
I am not worried even if no one recognises me.
Essentials to survive
One should not take success to mind and failures to heart. Keep doing the best. Success and failures are part and parcel of the journey.
Message to your fans
Keep loving me.

Your nicknames:
Rosh, Roshlu, Moni, Nonu. I don't like being called Madam or Rashmika
If you were to get stuck on an island, 2 people you want with you:
A guy who would go hunting and my sister who is super entertaining.
If you had a super power:
I want to become invisible
Biggest turn on and off:
a) How he treats people.
b) Attitude and carelessness
Fascination for fair complexion: Hate it. Your worth is your character and not the skin tone.
A movie that you cannot get over:
Pride and Prejudice
Party till dawn or yoga at dawn:
Wake up for yoga. I have grown up.
Board games or outdoor sports?
Outdoor sports
The last time your parents scolded:
My mom goes on and on with her dos and don’ts. My father would take 10-15 minutes per day to tell everything.
Most memorable compliment:
People calling me by the name of my character
Funniest compliment:
I look like a doll. Maybe that's because of my skin and complexion.
Party animal or home bird:
Home bird.

 
 
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