'I don't want to restrict myself to one industry'

'I don't want to restrict myself to one industry'


'I don't want to restrict myself to one industry'

Candid: Shraddha Arya

Shraddha Arya made her debut in Bollywood where she worked with stalwarts of the industry, Amitabh Bachchan and Revathi. Later, she made her presence felt down South as well by working in Tamil and Telugu movies like Romeo, Godava and Kothi Mooka. Now this ravishing beauty has set her foot in Sandalwood through Maduvemane.

Shraddha, who rose to fame with her role in Nishabd, is currently shooting with Ganesh for Maduvemane in which she plays a bubbly girl. The actress chatted with Metrolife about her experiences, ambitions and lots more.

She starts the conversation with Maduvemane and appreciates Ganesh for his sheer dedication. “I play a traditional girl who is simple and chirpy. She talks less but expresses every emotion through her eyes. It is going to be definitely different from the roles I have essayed so far and it offers a tremendous scope for performance. It is indeed a pleasure working with Ganesh, who is such a dedicated artiste and a really down-to-earth person,” she describes.

After making heads turn in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu industry, she is now entering the Kannada film industry. Shraddha says she can’t afford to choose any one industry. “I don’t want to restrict myself to one industry. If an interesting script comes my way, I would be more than willing to grab it irrespective of the language. I never compare two film industries as each has its own way of film-making,” she says.

She makes it clear that she had no dreams of becoming an actress until she emerged as the winner of Zee TV’s Cinestar Ki Khoj in 2004, which showed her a way in Bollywood. “Varma’s Nishabd gave me a break and I will always be thankful to him for choosing me for that role. I am glad that in my first movie itself, I got a chance to work with Amitabh and Revathi, the kingpins of cine world. They are beautiful people with an unceasing zeal for experimentation. One thing I learnt from them was that no matter how high we reach, our roots should remain in the ground.”

When asked about her future ambitions, her eyes glitter. “I can’t express my desires in words. I don’t know how big can I make it but I have not set any boundary so far,” she says as she looks up towards the sky. “I have just set my foot in the industry. I have more to deliver than what I have done till date. As of now, I am just concerned with my role and how should I perform it. I do not worry about other things.”

Shraddha can speak Hindi, English, Punjabi, Spanish and Telugu fluently and now, has started taking lessons in Kannada on the sets of Maduvemane. “Out of curiosity, I started asking the meaning of each Kannada word I heard. Now I can speak little greetings like chennagiddeera? (how are you?) and uta ayta? (had lunch?). It is fun to learn languages and you become closer to people by speaking in their language,” she