She thought she would either be a dancer or a painter, for she had a flair for both the arts. But it wasn’t too long before she realised that she yearned to be an artiste, the cinema-kind though.
Rated as one of the top actresses in the Tamil and Telugu industry, Shriya recently debuted in Malayalam with Pokkiri Raja. She says her curiosity on how each of the industries worked, is behind her multilingual forays. Shriya spoke to Metrolife about her favourite characters she’s donned so far and her future projects.
There are a good number of projects Shriya has committed to. While most roles she chooses are glamourous, she’s all set to shed that glam tag in Deepa Mehta’s Cooking with Stella. In Don Seenu which Shriya dubs as a total entertainer, she plays the character of a girl born and bred in London. “She’s smart, intelligent and thinks no one can fool her but things go haywire when she returns to India, only to be tricked. That’s when things change forever for her,” Shriya explains.
In movies like Kanthaswamy, which broke all box-office records, Shriya appeared in a totally different avatar. She was styled to appear seductive, which is what her role demanded her to be and she played it to perfection.
Shriya observes that she’d like to do as many varied roles as possible before she can be choosy. “I can’t really plan my career, I will accept whatever comes my way. Every role has something new to offer,” she avers. Another movie that she’s excited about is Chikku Bukku where she plays a simple girl in a traditional role. “It’s a cute romantic comedy. The character is a lot like who I am in real life,” she points out.
Shriya says she visits Bangalore quite often and confesses, “Every time I am in Bangalore I make sure I hop into Corner House for a quick ice cream.” She rates the City as one of the best spots for shopping and entertainment.