After her impressive debut in Telugu in the role of an antagonist in Tenali Ramakrishna B.A., B.L, last year, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar will next be seen as a lawyer in the upcoming Naandi, directed by Vijay Kanakamedala.
The Maari 2 star says the role of a lawyer has challenged her as an actor.
“Usually I don’t prepare for roles, but for this character it was like going back to school. I had several lines in pure Telugu, so, to get a hang of it, I had to practise my lines a lot in advance; in fact, there are lengthy dialogues worth six pages, so it was difficult,” explains Varalaxmi, adding that she is well-versed in colloquial Telugu.
The actress is on a signing spree. Krack will be her third in Telugu. So, has the actress who has worked in many Tamil films, turned her focus to Tollywood?
“I haven’t planned anything but I believe everything happens at the right moment. I look at the versatility and substance my role can bring to the story, and I have been getting some interesting projects,” explains the Pandem Kodi 2 star who has also played antagonist roles in her earlier films.
“I don’t like to be typecast; I always like to surprise the audience with new roles, and that attitude sort of pushes me to greater heights as an actor,” explains Varalaxmi, who describes her eight years in showbiz as, “Good Bad and Ugly.”
“I have seen ups and downs, success and failures. What I have realised is that it is difficult to plan, as things never go that way. So I take things as they come,” she says.
Daughter of senior actor Sarathkumar, Varalaxmi clarifies that she doesn’t discuss scripts with him. “I read the script and take a final call; I take my own decisions,” she stresses.