Harshika Poonacha who started her filmy career at the age of 15 is a well-known face in the Kannada industry today.
Often being recognised for her bubbly girl character, the recent posters of B3 Love U brings out the bold side of the actress.
"I entered the industry after my tenth grade.
I was really immature with my choices back then.
Now that I am 21 years old, I believe I can get a little bold with my characters," she said.
Revealing about her first ever bold act in B3 and her on-screen chemistry with hero Shreeki, Harshika said.
"This is the first time I have shot a love making scene with Shreeki in the movie.
It was necessary for the film and it has been aesthetically by director, Ganshyam.
The scene is sans any vulgarity, stripping or skin show.
We both had our space to perform and we would often fight to do better in our respective roles.
Our chemistry was quite healthy too.
" Though Harshika always wanted to be an actor, she made sure that she gave full attention to her studies as well.
"I made sure I paid full attention to both studies as well as my acting career.
I did my engineering," said this young actress.
"I was extremely happy when I got noticed as a glam girl.
From now on, I will be more serious and would like to try out some sophisticated roles," Harshika opined.
She is also aware that heroes often get all attention in films which she would like to prove wrong in future.
"We definitely have wonderful actors who are quite talented but heroines are also getting better.
No longer should actresses be limited to two songs and running around trees.
I am also in the process of picking up subjects where my roles are completely balanced with the hero.
Otherwise, there is no use of being in the industry," she affirmed.
As of now, Harshika has said no for off beat films.
"There is time for everything.
At this point of time, commercial, thriller and romantic flicks will work for me.
I have a long way to go to experiment with other kind of cinema," she explained.
Harshika has so much going on for her.
And at this point, she really wants to work with a few stars of the Kannada industry.
"I just completed shooting for Mangana Kaiyali Manikya opposite Ramesh Aravind.
As we bonded really well in the film, he told me that I am well groomed now and can carry off the whole 'glam quotient'.
It is high time I stopped playing sister and cameo roles in big films and concentrate on being a heroine.
Now I think I should take charge and work with stars like Puneeth Rajkumar, Sudeep, Darshan, Upendra, Shivarajkumar and the likes to get on par with other actresses" she said.
The funniest thing about Harshika is that she addresses every hero on the sets as Anna (brother).
"Everybody on the sets always treated me like a kid and would pull my leg.
I have been in the industry for the past four years.
The same people have seen me grow up and have always encouraged me," said Harshika, who is quite apprehensive to work in other languages.
"Though I do get offers from other regions, as of now, I am scared to go and experiment as I feel much safe in Sandalwood," she concluded.