South indian actress Anjali shot into the limelight with the Tamil film Kattradhu Thamizh in 2007 for which she received the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debutante.
Subsequently she received two more Filmfare Awards for Best Actress for the Tamil films Angadi Theru and Engaeyum Eppothum in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
The actress made her acting debut in 2006 with the Telugu film Photo and is currently working on a host of movies which are at various stages of production.
In an interview to The News Minute, the actress opens up and talks about working with actor Nandamuri Balakrishna, her forthcoming film Dictator and controversies in her life.
How was your experience working with actor Nandamuri Balakrishna? He also compared you with veteran actress Savitri, do you consider it a compliment?
When I got this offer I was a little scared to work with Bala Krishna Sir, as he is a big actor but after working with him I felt he is very sweet. He is very friendly, jovial and gives a lot of space to his co-stars.
I am really happy and blessed to get those compliments from such a great actor.
He has a reputation for being strict, were you slightly intimidated by his presence on the sets? Did he give you any acting tips?
Yes I have heard about his nature but he is completely different from what I heard. Yes he gave me a few acting tips and camera angle tips and I learnt a lot from him. And yes, he is very punctual about his schedule. We all used to get scared and maintained our timings as well.
What kind of role are you doing in 'Dictator'?
I can't reveal my character right now because the character’s name is very tricky, but yes I can assure you that this role will be very different than the other commercial roles. My character is very colorful and fresh and also you will get to see a new Anjali. As the character demands, after accepting this offer I have lost 5 kg.
Actresses are getting more offers in Tamil compared with other industries? What is your take on this?
It is nothing like that. It always depends on what kind of roles you take up and whenever we get a nice offer we take up no matter which industry it is. Everyone has their own style and everyone should create their own style according to their potential.
Will you continue to act in the Telugu and Tamil industry? You have taken up so many offers recently, are you rushing?
Yes obviously, I will continue wherever I get good offers, surely, I will take up that offer. Luckily, I am getting good projects these days so I am taking up offers simultaneously.
What are your upcoming movies?
I have a few movies in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. Nataraju Thane Raju, Madha Gaja Raja and Chitrangada in Telugu and Mapla Singham Ravi, Peranbu and Karikalan in Tamil.
You have been involved in controversies. It is alleged that you got married secretly to a doctor. is this true?
Nothing like that. I was never in controversies but yes everyone will have their own problems and especially if it’s an actress, it gets highlighted more but that's ok we have to face it. (Sarcastically) Yes I am married and also have a kid (laughing).
How do you face controversies?
I generally avoid such controversies, as it may spoil my mood, which will affect my movies. If it spoils my mood I talk to my friends to come out of that bad mood. I just take it easy.
Recently there was a rumour on Twitter about you getting married to director Omkar? Is this true as he is already married?
(Wondering) This is a weird rumour as I hardly know him. Please avoid such kind of rumours otherwise this will be a legal issue unnecessarily (laughing).
Do you think there is a lot of competition in the industry among the heroines?
Nothing like that. In fact, I feel there is no competition in the industry. Everyone has their own space in the industry which no one else can replace. Every actor gets a role, which really suits them.
How is your relationship with your co-star Sonal Chauhan?
I am not a cat-fight type of person. So, I share a very good bond with her. I met her at an audio release function and since then we have been good friends.
Do you think Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu(SVSC) was the turning point of your career?
Yes definitely it is a milestone in my career.
Will you reject an offer on account of the remuneration?
No not at all. In fact, if I really like the role I will definitely take up the offer even if they are unable to pay according to my expectations.
How do you celebrate Sankranti festival? Any special plans this year?
I have a huge family so usually we all will be busy with family gatherings.
Do you watch movies with your family members?
No movies, I only spend time with family.