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Interview with Genelia
Date: November 8, 2008, Hyderabad

Genelia is shooting for Krishna Vamsi’s latest film Sasirekha Parinayam in Ramoji Film City now. She is playing the title character in this film. visited RFC to get an interview with Genelia. Here are the excerpts -

Tell us about your experience in working with Krishna Vamsi?
I heard that he is arrogant and egoistic before accepting this film. While doing Sasirekha Parinayam I have realized that Krishna Vamsi is an institution. His passion for films rubs on you. I am feeling fortunate to have worked with him. My experience in Sasirekha Parinayam made me a better actress today. Krishna Vamsi is a kind of director who makes films for passion of making films, but not for end results.

Did you watch any of Krishna Vamsi’s films?
Yes. I loved watching Murari.

How different are you in this film compared to other films?
There is no make-up for me in this film. Yet I look glamorous. There is soul in this character.

What is Sasirekha Parinayam film all about?
Sasirekha Parinayam film is about Sasirekha running away from her marriage because she does not believe in dowry. She is against the concept of the boy treated a commodity and pay dowry to him. On the way, she meets Abhimanyu. Sasirekha Parinayam is a journey into a woman’s heart. Women are taken for granted in this society. Every woman will indentify with Sasirekha character. Sasirekha Parinayam is a romantic film.

Is Sasirekha Parinayam a remake of Jab We Met?
No. Sasirekha Parinayam has no resemblance to Jab We Met. It is a journey film like Jab We Met. That is where the similarity ends.

Your earlier film Ready is also about a girl who ran away from marriage? You seem to be earning the tag of ‘Run Away Bride’?
I hope I don’t run away from my real marriage (giggles). I loved the ‘Runaway Bride’ Hollywood flick. I don’t mind acting in a remake of that film.

How similar is Sasirekha character to your real self?
I always wanted to be a straight-forth girl like Sasirekha, but I end up being diplomatic because of my profession. Sasirekha acts upon her instincts. If she wants to jump into Godavari she jumps. If she does not like something, she runs away.

What makes you proud of yourself as an actress?
I am doing heroine role in three languages of Bommarillu (Telugu, Hindi and Tamil). It gives me immense satisfaction.

You seem to be delivering hits in all languages?
I delivered a super hit each in four languages – Satya (Kannada), Santosh Subramaniyam (Tamil), Ready (Telugu) and Jaane Tu (Hindi) this year. I guess I am the only heroine who delivered 4 super hits in four languages in one year.

Which language do you prefer to act in if you get equally good scripts in these four languages?
I enjoy doing films in all languages. But it is Telugu film industry that accepted me. Telugu film industry is like my school where I spent my first 6 years. I prefer Telugu films over other languages because Telugu film industry is like my home.

What is your criterion for accepting films?
Script is the first factor I look into. I don’t mind doing a 5-minute role if it’s worth it. Secondly I should have comfort level with director/producer I work with. Remuneration is never the criterion for me.

You had dubbing artists working for you in regional languages. How comfortable you are at dubbing in Hindi?
I feel that dubbing myself is an integral part of acting. Though I don’t dub in regional films, I make sure I learn each and every line and tell that during the shooting. That is the reason why there is perfect lip sync in my regional films. There were instances when I used to by-heart 1 and half hour page of Telugu dialogues and utter those at one go.

Tell us about your diet?
I am basically an athlete. I was a state level runner and I played for national football team. Hence, I am fit. I don’t stay away from any kind of food. If I like something, I binge onto it. I love biryani, even if it’s oily.

What are the other projects you are doing now?
I am doing Bommarillu in Hindi. It is called ‘It’s my life’. I am also doing ‘Life Partner’ in the direction of Abbas Mastan.

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