Parul Yadav’s debut film Govindaya Namaha made a boom at the box office, while her second outing Bachchan managed to sustain the buzz. The actress’s journey is likely to hit new milestones with Shivajinagara releasing soon.
Parul hopes to be the find of the season with this movie, in which she flies solo for the first time. “The sheer variety of roles that I’ve done in the past has made a lot of difference in my performance. I played a Muslim girl in Govindaya Namaha and an urban chic in Bachchan. I wanted to play a traditional or a rural girl. But there was a perception in the industry that Mumbai girls are only meant for glamourous roles. I wanted to break the myth and was desperately looking for a girl-next-door character. Luckily, I was offered such a role in Shivajinagara,” says Parul, who plays a Brahmin girl in the movie. “I was so excited to wear a half saree! However, there is also a modern side to the character in the movie,” she adds.
Another reason for Parul’s excitement about the movie is that she was born in a Shivaji Nagar, a posh neighbourhood in Mumbai. “I used to think that Shivajinagar is a Muslim-dominated area. But director P N Sathya told me that it has become a cosmopolitan area over the years,” she says.
When asked about Duniya Vijay, she says, “People cautioned me when I signed up for a film with Vijay and advised me to be careful while working with him. But I was in for a surprise when I met the actor on the sets. He is very humble and has absolutely no hang ups. He let me do what I wanted and gave me the space to understand the character and get into it,” Parul says.
“My character even says punch lines in the movie, which is usually not the case in action films,” she adds.
While her career in Sandalwood is zipping ahead, Parul is planning to make Bangalore her home soon. “I have already selected two places and will soon zero in on one. I will be permanently shifting to Bangalore by the end of April,” she reveals.
Parul admits that she has a place in the industry only because of her fans. “I don’t like to call them fans, but audience. If they wouldn’t have accepted me in Govindaya... I wouldn’t have done Bachchan and now Shivajinagara. They like me and want more of me. Dr Rajkumar had said, “Abhimanigalu Devaru”, which is apt for me as well,” she says.
However, the actor is not ready to speak about her next project. “I am supertitious and would like to talk about the new project once the shooting starts,” says Parul, who does not mind healthy competition with other actors. “Competition is different from jealousy. It only helps actors to come out with their best,” she signs off.