'The most important thing is the story'

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Last Updated 24 June 2014, 14:00 IST

In both the Telugu and Tamil film industries, actress Kajal Aggarwal has managed to spread her wings and soar – right from films like ‘Darling’ and ‘Mr Perfect’ in Telugu to Thuppakki and Maattrraan in Tamil.

She has even made her presence felt in Bollywood, with roles in Singham and‘Special 26’.Kajal spoke to Metrolife on her recent visit to the City to inaugurate the latest Malabar Gold & Diamonds store.

Asked whether she’s a fan of accessorising, Kajal says, “I like wearing just one piece at a time. So I’ll focus on the earrings or a neckpiece. If it’s something tiny, more than one item works but if it’s bigger, just one piece is enough.” 
Kajal, whose style statement is simplicity, has her hands full with work at present. “I’m doing two Telugu films – Krishna Vamsi’s Govindudu Andarivadele with Ram Charan and another one starring NTR with Puri Jagannadh as the director. I’m also doing a film with Dhanush in Tamil and will start a Hindi film with Sharman Joshi as well,” she informs. 

While she has received several offers from Sandalwood and is eager to work on a Kannada film, time isn’t on her side yet. On what draws her towards a script, the young actress replies, “The most important thing is the story and how important my role is in that story. Once that’s done, the other things consequently become important – the director I’m working with, the production house etc.”

She acknowledges that the new breed of actresses in the industry is competition. But she also says that it doesn’t affect her as “new people are always going to walk in”. “It requires a lot of dedication and hard work to maintain and reaffirm your position in the industry. And this applies to everyone, be it a newcomer or someone established.

 Even though we’ve been around in the industry for a while, we have to work equally hard or harder to keep it up. Healthy competition is always welcome and it’s always nice to have younger and newer people around.”

What advice would she give these new kids on the block? “I don’t think they need any because they’re all really smart. But I’d say draw your own boundaries and stick to them,” she wraps up.

(Published 24 June 2014, 14:00 IST)

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