Mumbai: Actress Gayathiri Iyer, who is currently working on an untitled Telugu film under director Kanmani and several Kannada films, is thoroughly enjoying her debut Bollywood expedition. The actress will be seen as one of the leading ladies in the Ajay Devgn and Ileana D’Cruz starrer 'Raid', directed by Raj Kumar Gupta.
Apparently, Gayathiri had to undergo four auditions and several look tests over two months to bag the thriller. Talking about her role, the Thrissur-born artiste shares, “I play an income tax sleuth in the film. Although I do not play Ajay’s love interest, I am a part of his team that helps him in his mission. And to make my character seem realistic, I have a minimal make-up look.”
Mentioning that director Raj Kumar’s clarity of thought is commendable, Gayathiri says, “It’s been a great experience working on the film and it has definitely helped me in taking my acting to the next level. The director gave me the creative freedom to be myself, which helped me to get into the role. Bollywood gives a lot of importance to the character rather than the look; this has really helped me understand the approach towards characters in a film.”
Interestingly, the actress also bonded big time with co-star Ajay.
“Ajay is always chilled out and he was there with us even for the after party. He’s a prankster and played pranks on me a couple of times. He even asked me to play it on the others, but I did not (laughs). Both of us love travelling and we discussed about the possibilities of going to Iceland.”
Born and raised in Kerala, ironically, the Jaggu Dada star is yet to make a debut in her mother tongue Malayalam. “I would love to do, I am just waiting for the right script,” she signs off....