Actor Neha Shetty says she is asked by a lot of people why she hasn't signed any Kannada movie after 'Mungaru Male 2' with Ganesh. The actor, however, prefers to work at her own pace even if it means that she will do only one movie a year.
Neha, who is currently shooting her debut Telugu film under Puri Jagannadh Productions, is excited about venturing into a new territory and exploring a new space.
In an interview with Nina C George, the actor talks about what keeps her going.
We haven't seen you working on any Kannada project after 'Mungaru Male 2'. Why is that?
I have been getting a lot of offers from the Kannada film industry but none of the scripts were convincing enough for me to accept them. I would like to take up projects that are of good quality even if it means that I am working on only one in a year.
How is the shooting for your Telugu project progressing?
We have completed more than half of the shooting. It has been a wonderful experience working in a new space. Working with Puri Jagannadh is a learning process in itself. I don't know Telugu but I have spent that last couple of months trying to learn the language.
Tell us about your role.
I play a Pakistani girl and it is a very significant role. I am not allowed to give out too many details.
Was it easy to learn Telugu?
I find a lot of similarity among the South Indian languages. I can speak Kannada fluently so it wasn't hard for me to learn Telugu. I think it is important to understand and speak the language when you are shooting for a project.
On working with Puri Jagannadh...
Puri sir knows exactly what he wants from his actors.
He also has an excellent team that is familiar with his style of functioning and works according to his directions.
Are you a director's actor?
Yes, I think so because I would like to work according to the directions given by the director. As an actor, it is my job to give form to his imagination and vision.
What has been the best part about working on this project?
I am a very hyper person and the role that I essay is opposite to what I am in real life. Working on this project has helped me calm down.