Shwetha Srivatsav, who first moved from theatre to the small screen, later established herself in tinsel town with films like Cyber Yugadol Nava Yuva Prema Kavyam, Simple Agi Ondh Love Story and Fair & Lovely. However, the actress considers Sumana Kittur’s Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu as her first film and she tells us why. “For an actor, any project is considered as her first film and puts in his or her best effort. But, in the process of acting in Kiragoorina Gayaaligalu, I did actually feel that it was my debut,” says Shwetha.
The actress, who completed dubbing her portions for the film a couple of days ago, admits that the struggle she went through during the shoot was a good experience. “We had to be in a village where there were no proper facilities and most of the time; I lived barefoot till the film got over. I know it is a common thing for anybody while doing such films but was difficult for me as I am the kind of a person who wears slippers at home too. Such small things helped me to learn a lot about ground reality and the halli lifestyle,” she says.
The role was also mentally and physically taxing, says Shwetha. “It was in last December that Sumana approached me with this film and from then I have dedicated all my time to Kiroogorina Gayyaligalu and also let go of three films. I had much work to do for this film and most importantly, I had to get the accent and body language right, which was straining. All said, I am glad; I was doing a good film and did it out of passion. I only hope it will reach all the people. As a female actor, we have always had a lot of limitations and that’s one of the reasons, we tend to get choosy. But in case of Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu, I felt I made the right choice,” she says.
The film helmed by Sumana Kittur is inspired by a short story written by Poornachandra Tejaswi for which the screenplay is written by Agni Sridhar. Along with Shwetha, this film showcases host of other actors including S Narayan, B Jayashree, Achyuth Kumar, Sukratha Wagle, Sonu, Kishore, Karunya Ram. Cinematography is done by Manohar Joshi, and music is given by Poornachandra Tejaswi.
On her next plan, the actress says she needs time to concentrate on directing films. “My next project might take some time because I will do it my way, for which I need to dedicate a lot of time. Of course I will not reject an interesting script if it comes my way, as it is always a pleasure to be part of good films,” she signs off.