The much touted visual spectacle, and two-part Indian epic film Baahubali is all set to release on May 15. This, after making the audience wait for close to three years. Ask Tamannah Bhatia, one of the lead actresses in the film what to expect from the film, she replies dramatically, “Expect the unexpected.”
The film that is the story of power fight between two royal brothers played by Prabhas and Rana Daggubati will also show this 25-year-old actress in a new light. “My role in the film is quite different to the ones I played in the past. There is a lot of sword fighting involved. Shooting for the film was a gradual process and I did not feel any transformation,” she reveals.
The actress also undertook training in horse riding and sword fight to be able to play her part well.
Ask her about the experience of shooting for this visual spectacle amidst massive sets, she responds, “Whenever we are shooting for film of this huge scale, only one person knows what is happening and that is the director, SS Rajamouli, in this case. The actors just play their part. We will understand it only after the film is brought out. Till now only he knows.”
While the actress has an important role to play in the first part of the film, she shares, “I have only a brief role to play in the second part of it.”
The Happy Days star has also taken up a new role, but in real life – a jewellery designer. “The name of my brand is White and Gold,” she informs.
In the city, to promote the journey of a Telugu channel, Tamannah also took the opportunity to look back at her own journey in the industry. “The past 10 years have been filled with surprises. Everyday comes with a new lesson and experience. Unexpected twists and turns is what is exciting about my job,” she beams.
Has she been able to play her dream role in this time? “Being on a film set is something I rejoice. This is where my soul lies. I am lucky to have turned my passion into profession which very less people manage to do,” blushes the actress and adds, “To be able to survive in this industry, one needs to have passion for acting. Only then he or she can survive. Otherwise it’s very difficult.” Rumour has it that Tamannah will be replacing Shruti Hassan in Nagarjuna and Karthi’s multi-starrer untitled film. The actress however refuses to clear the air.
Tamannaah replaces Shruti?
Actress Tamannaah Bhatia is most likely to replace Shruti Haasan, who recently walked out of a yet-untitled Tamil-Telugu bilingual being produced by PVP Cinema. The film also features actors Karthi and Akkineni Nagarjuna. Shruti pulled out of the project citing dates issue. “After Shruti walked out of the project, the makers approached Tamannaah, and she’s almost confirmed. The official confirmation should be out very soon,” a source said.
Shruti, who is currently busy with four projects in her kitty, was paired with Karthi in the movie. On Friday, the makers sent a legal notice to Shruti for exiting from the project.
If Tamannaah comes on board, it will be her third project with Karthi after Tamil actioner Paiyya and Siruthai. Being directed by Vamsi Paidipally, the film is set to be the remake of French drama The Intouchables. According to sources, Nagarjuna is essaying the role of a patient, and Karthi as his caretaker. Meanwhile, Tamannaah will soon starting shooting for Telugu project Bengal Tiger with Ravi Teja.