With her latest flick, Rum, gearing up for release, Sanchita Shetty on her films, co-stars and spiritual side
Sanchita Shetty has come a long way since she debuted in 2006, with a minor role in the Kannada hit, Mungaru Male. She shot to fame six years later, playing Vijay Sethupati’s imaginary girlfriend in Soodhu Kavvum (2012), and since then has been quite busy in the Tamil film industry. Now the Bengaluru-based actress has two films slated for release—Rum, which sees her starring alongside Hrishikesh (of VIP fame), and Badmaash, a Kannada film, where she stars opposite Dhananjay. Currently busy with the promotions and audio launch for the former, the chirpy actress talks to us about her journey so far and future plans.
Shetty, who started her acting career at the age of 16, says, “It takes a lot of time and effort to get recognised in industries as competitive as these, and even longer to find a place in the hearts of audiences.” Choosing to keep mum about her role in Rum, the actress, however, shares an anecdote. “A new XUV is being endorsed in the film. I am not used to driving a vehicle with gears. In one sequence I had to drive this vehicle really fast and everyone was on the edge of their seats!” she laughs, adding that the film is a roller coaster ride with a mix of comedy, horror and love.
Donning varied roles in her forthcoming projects—a radio jockey in Badmaash, an IT professional in Ennodu Vilayadu (filming)—Shetty tells us that she likes picking characters that need work and research. “I’ve mostly worked with new directors, so that space to innovate has always been available,” adds the B Com graduate, who has recently taken up amateur nature photography. With talks on for a Malayalam and Telugu project, her wish list has director Mani Ratnam, whose depiction of female characters she finds “beautiful and deep”. Favourite co-star? “Vijay Sethupathi. Back when I worked with him, he was already a star. He helped me with my Tamil. He was so simple and overall is such a nice human being.”
A passionate dancer, Shetty is a self-confessed fitness enthusiast. The ‘jeans-and-tee’ girl also likes to meditate and is currently reading Everything is Something Else by Rashid Maxwell (one of her “spiritual friends”).
Rum is scheduled to release next month.