Cute and quirky, Adah Sharma is slowly making her impression on the Telugu filmmakers and its audience. The actress, who made her debut in Vikram Bhatt’s 1920 in 2008, has taken Tollywood by a storm after her debut film Heart Attack turned out to be a huge success.
Recently seen in director Trivikram’s commercial entertainer Son of Sathyamurthy, Adah says she had an absolute blast working for the film. “I’m lucky that in less than a year of my debut in Tollywood, I’m getting to work with such big directors. Trivikram sir and Harishankar spotted my talent with my first film and have offered me big films. I hope I don’t let people down,” expresses the actress.
Adah shared screen space with two other actresses, Samantha and Nithya Menen, in Son of Sathyamurthy but she has no qualms about the length of her role and about sharing screen space with other leading ladies. “I’m not an insecure person. If my character is well defined and if I’m happy with it, I don’t see any problem there. I also need to be happy at all times, and I think sitting and thinking about what someone else is doing or wearing is not a sensible thing to do,” she says, adding, “I’m only a film-old in Telugu and when someone asked me who my favourite actresses were, I said Nithya and Samantha. Both of them are superstars and I don’t think you can compare an entrant to the two ruling ladies in the south right now.”
Adah, who is a Tamilian, says the transition between the Hindi and Telugu film industry was almost natural. “Cinema is the same thing and I make movies with the same passion wherever I go. The language was new for me in Telugu, but Puri sir (director of Heart Attack) signed me and gave me the script two months before shoot, so I learned the language,” shares Adah, who was also seen in Bollywood films Phhir ( 2011) and Hum Hain Raahi Car Ke (2013).
Incidentally, Adah’s Telugu debut released around the same time as her high-profile Bollywood film Hasee Toh Phasee, and the actress admits there was a bit of last-minute scampering. “The shoot of Hasee Toh Phasee finished on the same day that the shoot for Heart Attack was to begin. So as soon as I finished the first, I took the flight and came to Hyderabad on the same day,” recalls the 25-year-old.
One of several Bollywood imports who have made a name for themselves in the Telugu film industry, Adah feels first impression matters the most. “The audience decides your fate, and they usually decide it with your first film. I’m sure you can get more chances and do more films, but your first film usually decides your fate. I’m glad that they have accepted me with my debut film and I’m trying to do different characters and hopefully they will accept me with that,” she shares, excitedly.
After receiving positive reviews for her performance in Son of Sathyamurthy, Adah is now gearing up for Harishankar’s Subramanyam for Sale, in which she plays a cameo.
“Though it is a cameo role, my character is the turning point of the film and I was very surprised that someone would think of me for a character like that. Trivikram sir and Harishankar saw this Centre Fresh commercial that I did with Dhanush and they decided to add these quirks to my character,” Adah expresses, enthusiastically.
The actress, who is busy juggling between Bollywood and Tollywood, has a packed schedule, including two Hindi films, a Telugu film titled Garam and
her Tamil debut, scheduled to release this year. She’s also doing a short film by PVP cinemas, which is a first for her. “I’m doing this because I feel it’s a huge challenge. I hope I can pull it off,” she adds.