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Trisha No Stranger to Sandalwood

Published: 26th February 2014 11:50 AM

Last Updated: 26th February 2014 11:51 AM

Actor Trisha
Trisha hasn’t been seen around in Kollywood much after Endrendrum Punnagai, but the lady does seem to have her hands full with two Tamil projects, Telugu project, and – here’s there biggie – her debut in the Kannada film industry. On the sets of her first Kannada film, a remake of the Telugu flick, Dokudu, opposite Puneeth Rajkumar, Trisha says, “This is my second schedule and I don’t find it too different from the way Kollywood works. In fact, working here has its advantages because I know most of the people. I had worked with some from the team for another south film. It’s Puneeth and the language that I am new to. It helps that audiences here are receptive to Tamil and Telugu actors. Everyone seems to watch every language film and that has only made my job easier.”

Sandalwood is often the last stop on the regional circuit of Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam film industries, but Trisha begs to differ. “I can’t generalise for all heroines, but in my case, I feel that for the first five-six years of your career, you get busy establishing yourself in the market and during that time it is difficult to do films in different languages at once. I used to concentrate on Tamil at one point and Telugu at another. Then, I had to kind of balance both out and that took a lot of time with back-to-back projects. It is not like now, when I can pick and choose. There were many offers in Kannada in the past but those fell through because of dates and logistics. I feel there is a right time for everything,” she explains.

With Trisha’s current stature in the industry, her preference for films and the number of productions she’s part of have also changed. “I can’t be doing the same roles again and again. Not only will I get stuck in a rut, the boredom will pass on to the audience too. I don’t mean to say that I am only looking at heroine-oriented scripts. But now, a film has to really excite me. I am done with mediocre, run-of-the-mill films. I would have done those two to three years ago, just to maintain my image. Today, I can sit back and afford to take two months off and do something that I feel passionate about,” says Trisha.

The actress is candid when she says that the industry can often trap free thought. “As an actress, I have to have a hit. I can’t be doing films that please me all the time. I have to do films that please the fans too. In one of my last films, Mankatha, I had a very small role to play but I thought I needed that movie at that point of time. At the same time, I did Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya, where I completely took over.”

Does she regret that she hasn’t yet worked with a certain star? “I wouldn’t call it regret but, yes of course – Rajini Sir, who wouldn’t want to work with a superstar like him? That is one thing I really hope to do before I put an end to my career,” says Trisha, who will have two summer releases. “I have Bhoologam and this Kannada film releases around the same time.”

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