Mollywood sweetheart woos Sandalwood

Actress Meghana Raj is delicately poised between the two film worlds of Karnataka and Kerala

Published: 24th June 2013 08:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th June 2013 08:31 AM   |  A+A-


Genes do have their way, and yet another example of how talent is passed on through a generation is the star kid, Meghana Raj. The daughter of popular actors, Pramila Joshai and Sundar Raj, Meghana has already created a name for herself, portraying vivid roles in a short span of time.

The actress, who has just completed the shoot for Raja Hulli, is now part of Bahuparaak, to be directed by Suni of Simple Agi Ondhu Love Story fame.

And according to her, she is not the kind to take up random projects because Kannada is her mother tongue and her parents are from the industry. “It is all about being part of one or two good projects and giving my 100 per cent. I tend to be drawn towards things I can relate to and in a way it is always good to play according to your strengths,” she says.

Recently, Meghana was part of the first teaser shoot of the film along with Srinagara Kitty with whom she will be working for the first time. “There is always that initial apprehension about how your co-star reacts. Luckily Kitty is an extremely warm person. I am sure we will have a great time shooting for the film,” she says.

Talking about Raja Hulli, in which she plays the female lead opposite Yash, she says, “We have completed the shoot for the talky portion and are now waiting to finish two songs. The makers are waiting for dates from Yash to schedule the song shoot. I will also be busy in Kochi till mid of August. As and when we are done with our other film schedules, we will complete the shoot. Right now the post production work is going on and I will soon dub for the film.”

As for Bahuparaak, she states that she has been strictly instructed not to reveal anything about her character which will see her portray two different avatars. But she is open when it comes to praising the young director Suni. “He has a lot of ideas. People who saw his directorial debut can make out that he did not cast Shweta Srivastav just for the sake of casting a heroine. He knows his craft. He has given me a once in a life time opportunity and the best part is the balance of homeliness and glamour that he has created in my character.”

Even though she is creating a buzz in Sandalwood, it is the Malayalam industry, where her heart beats. “The Malayalam industry has converted me into a Malayalee. They don’t talk to me in English and prefer speaking to me in their language. They think I am a born Malayalee. I have just completed shoot for the film, Memories opposite Prithviraj and I have another project titled 100 Degree Celsius, a women oriented film, in my kitty. The film is directed by Rakesh Gopan. My film Up and Down in Malayalam recently got released. For this film I came out of my comfort zone and  took the risk of playing a complex character,” she says. This actress wants to keep away from mindless stuff. “I am not raring to seize opportunities. I want to do films, which people are not used to watching. I waited almost three months to take up Bahuparaak after Raja Hulli. I am taking things slow and at my own pace,” she says.

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