Hyderabad: Tamannaah has officially arrived. Work’s coming in non-stop and the actress says there has been a sort of “consolidation in life” and yes, she’s happy with her career.
“Yeah, I read those unflattering reviews of Humshakals but then, for me, the movie was actually better than Himmatwala because that failed on a larger scale. Humshakals was actually fun, and I do know people who enjoyed the movie,” she says.
And the star’s certainly not kidding when she says work now, is a deluge.
“Patience is a quality you must have in the industry. My success was not instantaneous by any measure. I did wait for my turn and now it’s a 15-hour-a-day schedule. The time off I get, I spend chilling with family and entertaining the newest entrant to our gang, Pebbles, the dog.”
The star marks nearly a decade in the industry this year. “I started sometime around 2005 and the movie that gave me the first break was Happy Days. It really launched my career. There was always a plan by mum and dad (and almost everybody in the family) to make me enter the movies and then it all happened. I remember them really enjoying my performance in Happy Days, even though they didn’t have a clue about what I was saying."
“What has changed? I’m now fluent in both Tamil and Telugu and because of my work, my parents too have picked up bits of the languages.”
In Telugu, Tamannaah has already started shooting for Baahubali. “I will not stop working down South and if you ask me about continuing down that “masala” route, as an artiste I can’t say no to projects that need a full-on performance.
“I’m lucky to have worked with several stars in my career. They have been the biggest names across the industries and I can tell you that it’s been a joy. Even on the sets of Humshakals, I got to meet Genelia and Riteish. I have known Genelia for the longest time because we started off together, even though we never worked in the same film. Meeting her after a while was fun."
“As far as my plans are concerned, there’s film editing I’m quite keen on and I might one day consider taking that up. About ‘settling down’, I very much believe in marriage and yes, one day, I will take the dive. But I’m clear since it’s me getting married, I will pick the person, with mum and dad’s permission of course, because I’m not that adventurous yet. But there are many, many years and movies ahead. I need to focus on work.”...