'I was super confident on my first day'

Star talk

'I was super confident on my first day'

Bengalureans need no introduction to Pranitha Subhash. The actor debuted in the 2010 Kannada film ‘Porki’ and has since gone on to act in several commercially successful and critically acclaimed movies, carving a niche for herself in the South Indian movie industry.

 She recently relived her modelling days by walking the ramp as a showstopper for a fashion show organised by Craftsvilla, for the launch of ‘Anuswara’, Craftsvilla’s in-house brand.

In a chat with Rajitha Menon, Pranitha talked about fashion, movies and her dream role.

Coming from a family of doctors, was it difficult for you to opt for this career?

It was difficult to convince my parents to let me go for something like this. They really wanted me to become a doctor but I just did not have an inclination for Biology. I told them I will just try my hand at modelling for some time for the fun of it. Everything else after that was completely unplanned.

How did you feel on the first day of your first movie shoot?
It was a good thing that I was unaware about the South Indian movie industry because when you know
that you are working with big stars, you would be intimidated. Since I didn’t know that, I was super
confident on my first day. I became more nervous during my later movies when I realised who all I was working with.

How do you choose your movies?

I would like to say that my movies chose me. I had created a girl-next-door image for myself and quite a few
directors had such a character in their movies. So for some time, my roles were quite similar.

How do you spend your spare time?
I have recently partnered for a hospitality venture in Indiranagar and that is taking up all my spare time. Otherwise, travelling is a recently discovered interest and whenever I get a few days, I take off.

Some interesting experience during your trips?

My most recent trip was to London. I loved going about the city by myself, taking the tube and all that. During one of my shopping stints, I got two expensive handbags for myself. A friendly shopkeeper told me that I was likely to be mugged if I carried those around and gave me two big black bags to put them in. And for the rest of that day, I walked around in London carrying what really looked like two huge garbage bags!

What’s your fashion mantra?

I like to keep it simple and wear something only if it suits me. In that way, ‘Anuswara’ is something my own taste represents — a perfect mix of traditional and contemporary.

What is a common misconception about the movie industry that you would like to clear?

A lot of people think that everyone here keeps dieting and starving themselves. That’s not true; I personally eat everything possible even though I am focussed on my fitness.

Dream role?

I have always gone with the flow but I would like to something in the fantasy genre. Something like ‘Baahubali’ which has become so immensely popular now.

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