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APPLAUDED & AWARDED

It has been a year since the release of Baahubali but the country’s obsession with actor Tamannaah Bhatia persists. The internet is routinely buzzing with details of the star- be it her stylish airport looks, bagging ‘n’ number of awards or learning Tango for the upcoming film Naa Nuvve. What is more admirable is the fact that she is nonchalant about her stardom. From kick-starting her career as the young teenager Jiya in Chand Sa Roshan Chehra to her mind-boggling portrayal of Amuthavalli in Sketch, she has upped her ante and mesmerised the audience for the past 13 years. In an exclusive telephonic interview, she talks about her trailblazing journey, upcoming projects and more.

Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award for Baahubali..
I was elated to receive the award in my hometown. I feel lucky to be part of this globally- recognised film.

The Sridevi Award at the Zee Apsara Awards…
We get so involved in movies that we hardly sit back and appreciate our work. So, this was one of the moments where I was just grateful for everything. This award meant a lot since Sridevi always inspired me.

Share your experience at the IPL opening ceremony.
Exhilarating! This was my first time. We had the country’s best dancers like Prabhu Deva and Jacqueline. I was on cloud 9 as I represented South India.

Do awards overwhelm you?
No, but I am surprised. They make me feel more responsible.

Do you relate to Amuthavalli?
She has a strong personality and clear aspirations. And that is exactly how I am!

On working with Vikram?
I am glad I got the opportunity. He is a class apart, no doubt about that.



Unforgettable incident...
Vikam and I were shooting in Pondicherry. We decided to go for a run at the Promenade. That was one big ambitious project as we might get spotted by people. Covering ourselves, we went for it. It was a fun run, but people recognised Vikram towards the end.

So no missing workouts?
No never! I do a lot of functional training; now I am doing yoga. If I want a specific shape, I go for specific diet. I prefer age old homemade recipes.

Seven back-to-back releases, how did you sail through?
Yes, there is Kanne Kalaimaane, Naa Nuvve, A.B.C., Khamoshi, Queen Once Again, an untitled Kunal Kohli project & Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy with mega star. They were scheduled in such a way that I could finish them on time. I am a workaholic and don’t take many vacations.

Tell us about A.B.C.
A.B.C. is neither a feature film nor a documentary. It is a social cause-oriented film that will be showcased in various schools.

Prithvi Theatre…
My association with Prithvi began when I was quite raw. I thought acting could not be taught in class -rooms, but these platforms help you get rid of inhibitions and gain confidence.

On bagging Chand...
Producer Salim Akhtar spotted me at my school function and encouraged me to go for an audition.



I cleared through.
On learning Telugu… All my training happened while delivering the lines. Now I can speak Telugu better than Sindhi!

Affected by the role you play...
Some of them require you to dive into them. The involvement becomes a lot to handle. Sometimes, I am drained out.

How do you handle the success/failure?
I don’t dwell too much on either. Of course, I am grateful for what I have achieved.

What are your strengths?
My ability to adjust as I am not fussy.

Actors should…
Constantly learn new skills and not repeat previous mistakes. The more you evolve as a person, the better actor you become.



Did your parents approve? While my father Mr.Santosh was supportive, my mother Mrs.Rajani was initially not comfortable. She, by and by, understood my passion. They always stand by me.
Tell us about Wite-n-Gold?
It is my father’s business.
I chip in as a designer.
Belief in numerology...
Yes, I do. I changed the spelling of my name.
Sacrifices behind glamour
You have to put your work above others. In a field of cut-throat competition, you have to be at the top of your game.
Essentials to survive?
Passion, discipline, consistency and improvisation.
Real Tammannah...
A foodie; chilled out; loves to entertain people, spend time with family and friends; finds happiness in small things like a long drive.
Trait you want to change
I am impatient.
Ten years from now...
Hopefully alive and happy.
I don’t plan or think about the future. I like the little mystery about tomorrow.
Any interesting fan story?
Some of them are really sweet. One of my fans, Himakar, posts creative and unconventional stuff about my team and me. We are very fond of him and eagerly await his next post.
Message to your fans…
I am grateful to them for their never-ending love and support for the past 13 years. I hope to live up to their expectations with some out-of-the-box films.
Advice to upcoming actors
Don’t be influenced by others; go with your gut feeling.
Any message for red
I have been featured before but I am pretty excited that I am on the cover after a really long time. Thank you red!

RAPID FIRE
Favourites :
...pizza topping
Olives
...airport look
A comfortable dress
…word
Amazing
…emoji
Rolling on floor and laughing
…red carpet look
Pant suit- classy & comfortable.
…fashion designer
Neeta and Nishka Lulla, Sabyasachi and Anamika
Last book you read...
Sadhguru
Last one to Whatsapp you My best friend Disha Song stuck in your head Something Just Like This Admire…
Priyanka Chopra
Strangest thing
ever eaten
Shell fish
Precious possession
My footwear collection
Any weird habit
I sleep with my mouth open.
Biggest turn off Fakeness

 
 
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