Having begun her cinematic innings in 2005, Tamannaah is still going strong. With a career spanning across four film industries, the actress thinks she’s got a lot more to achieve. “There are so many people I am yet to work with and so many characters I haven’t played so far. I haven’t been part of a biopic or done a dance-based film. The list goes on,” shares the 26-year-old.
So has the strategy of choosing roles changed with time, especially since she wants to do a lot more work? “Most definitely! Now that I have worked with a lot of people and associated with a huge range of films, I am trying to choose films with good content irrespective of star presence. I want to challenge myself at every level. I think it brings out the best in you,” explains the actress, who’s had quite a jam-packed 2016 with Oopiri, Dharma Durai (Tamil), and Abhinetri, apart from her special appearances in Jaguar and Speedunnodu.
Elaborating on her choice of roles, she cites the example of her recent films. “I’d say it has been an immensely satisfying year for me, professionally. There have been such variety of roles and having so much scope to perform makes me feel very good,” says Tamannaah, adding, “While I got to play two shades of characters in Abhinetri, Dharma Durai saw me as a doctor working in a rural setup. Oopiri was an emotional drama and a bilingual film. I have not done any film which resembles the other in any way.”
Having worked on a bilingual and trilingual, will Tamannaah do more multilinguals? “I’d say no. While I wouldn’t mind bilinguals, a trilingual is something I don’t want to try again. It really stresses you out. While emoting each sequence in three different languages is one thing, it is the dance which makes it all tougher. It takes a toll on you. Getting the same emotion right multiple times is taxing. The process can be physically strenuous,” she says.
Tamannaah has shot 50 films already, even if you count the multilinguals as one film each. She never realised how it all happened. “I am not really a planner and never knew what was in store for me. I don’t like to talk about the future because nothing is certain. But time really does fly very fast and here I am today. I am working everyday and want to keep going for as long as it is possible.” Ask her if she’s got any time for love? She quips, “I can’t do so many things together. Right now, I only have time for my work and nothing else.”