Few actresses gain instant popularity like our Kodava beauty Rashmika Mandanna. The actress is already creating a buzz and even before her debut’s release. She has also signed up her second big project, playing the lead opposite Darshan.
Rashmika puts all of this to luck. “I never expected such an explosive welcome,” she says, “and I am liking it. At the same time, I am trying not to be too excited because an overdose of anything can lead to disappointment.”
Kirik Party is her first project in Sandalwood and she says it has only bettered her opinion about the industry. “When I began telling people that I was entering tinsel town, the only advise I got was ‘Be careful’ or ‘People might take advantage of you’. Fortunately, I had a good set of people around me,” she says. “I should be thankful to actor-producer, Rakshit Shetty and director Rishab Shetty and the team who took me the way I am.”
Despite being a model-turned-actress, Rashmika will play de-glam in Kirik Party. “I went by the team’s requirement,” she says.
“In fact, till date, I have not had to expose myself on the ramp. Thankfully, the character in Kirik Party resembles my character in real life. I personally do not appreciate exposing and that’s why I was comfortable playing that role and fitted into the film well.”
The debutante, who is currently doing her final year in BA, plays a college girl in the movie. But her college life is vastly different from her reel college, she says.
“I am an arts student but play a geek in the film, who is mature and studious. I am not that in real life.”
The actress says that language played a big role in essaying a character. “Kodava is my mother tongue and I am not that fluent in Kannada,” she says.
“The director Rishab taught me so well and today I only speak Kannada at home but still use a lot of Kodava words.”
Kirik Party’s music is directed by Ajaneesh Lokanath and cinematography is by Karam Chawla.