A fter starting her career as a model, Sanchita Shetty switched to Kollywood. She was seen in films like Soodhu Kavvum (2013) and Pizza II: Vila (2013). Passion brought her to acting, and the results are eventually showing. She now has a slew of projects including Love Guru, Ennodu Vilayadu, Enkitta Mothathe, Rum and so on in her kitty. At the launch of Theatre Spot Production, the model-turned-actor spoke to City Express.
Sanchita tells us, “I realised that I had this talent in me; so I started accepting film offers and put modelling on hold as I love that equally. Movies are something that I really enjoy doing because people connect with my characters.”
She is delighted that multiple projects keep her busy. “I am content with the way my career is shaping up. I do films in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil. I am overwhelmed with the kind of love I get everywhere,” she smiles.
The Milana (2007)-fame actor is quite honest about how she has always wanted to act but had no idea how to go about it. “Until I faced the camera, I didn’t know what acting was all about. I remember, I was very nervous then. It was not the fear per se, but the urge in me to do justice to my role,” she laughs.
Superficially, modelling and acting might seem to be two sides of a coin, but she accepts, there is a world of difference between the two. Talking about the transition, which was gradual, she observes, “I did modelling first and slowly, I had to cut down on fashion shows as it was getting too hectic. I wasn’t being able to explore much as a model. I am having fun with the films I do. I knew I wanted to be in front of the camera as I can’t do what others are doing.”
We couldn’t help but ask her opinion about the stereotype that models can’t be great actors. “Many actors who started off as models have aced in acting. However, you can’t change the way people think. At the end of the day, you just have to work hard and prove yourself. Acting can’t be taught, it can only be learnt,”
Speaking about her upcoming film Rum, she says her character is intriguing. “That’s what attracted me to the project. It was great fun playing the role. But I can’t reveal if I play the ghost or not. Sharing screen space with Vivekh was an ultimate experience. Also, the approach to the plot is fresh in terms of Tamil cinema’s horror genre,” she adds.
Though the actor is learning Tamil, she has an immense respect towards the artistes, the language, and technicians who work here. “At the same time, I don’t want to restrict myself to Tamil films. If I get an opportunity in Bollywood, I will go for it. It’s all about spreading your wings,” she grins.
When it comes to choosing films, she says, she is passionate about acting and is open to any role that excites her. “Simply put, I should feel that the character will add something to the film and the script should make me happy.”
Fitness regimes keeps her busy when she is not shooting. “I was a fussy eater, but now I eat everything in controlled portions at regular intervals. I don’t consume too much of anything and it helps me stay in shape,” she says.
The actor now looks forward to her other films and wishes to work with Mani Ratnam soon. “It’s a dream for any actor to be a part of a Mani Ratnam project and it has been on my wishlist for sometime. I’d love to do a film with Ajith as well. Besides these, movies with historical relevance interest me a lot,” she shares.