It’s been a rough ride for Sanjjanaa in Telugu cinema. After her debut in Bujjigadu, none of her films clicked at the box office; however, that doesn’t seem to bother the actress, who is flooded with more work than ever before. “It’s been a crazy ride to cope with three film industries in the past couple of years. I had two releases in Malayalam in which I acted with Mammootty and Mohanlal; another three releases in Kannada and I am awaiting the release of two of my Telugu films this year.
I am being very patient when it comes to Telugu because I don’t want to do films just for the heck of it and end up in flop films anymore,” Sanjjanaa says. Ask her if there’s a particular reason behind this decision, she confesses, “I am all the more particular now because every film I do in Telugu will reflect on my career in the Kannada film industry immediately. After Rebel and Sagar, I am currently working on a women centric film in Kannada titled Mahandi. It’s on the lines of Arundhati and there are huge expectations on the film. Almost `9 crore is riding on me.”
With so many good things happening with her career in Kannada and Malayalam, we wonder why lady luck hasn’t smiled upon her in Telugu. “Every actor has to wait for the right time and opportunity to prove himself. I don’t knock on director and producers’ doors to cast me and I don’t have the time and patience to do that. I am looking at more performance-oriented roles now. I don’t feel like doing silly roles. I know I am going at a slow pace, but I know where I have to reach,” she admits.
In Telugu, she’ll be seen in Yamaho Yama, in which she’s playing an NRI based in Los Angeles and another film, Jagan Nirdoshi, is in offing. “In Yamaho Yama, I have an ultra trendy role and in Jagan Nirdoshi, I play the role of a girl who’s a loner, despite being married to a rich guy. That’s when she meets the hero and there is sizzling chemistry between them,” she laughs. She finished dubbing for Yamaho Yama and this is another first for her. “I have been working hard to learn the language and am quite comfortable now. I have been working and travelling so much that I might as well be prepared to ensure a smooth ride,” she signs off.
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