10 April, 2021

‘I Was Lucky To Always Be A Leading Lady’

‘I Was Lucky To Always Be A Leading Lady’

I had moved to Chennai (then called Madras) when I was 16 because I was acting in Telugu films. I was 17 when I debuted in a Tamil film (Dharmathin Thalaivan) and then in a Kannada film (Ranadheera). The responsibility of looking after my mother and three brothers was all I thought about and my focus therefore was to make a career. All I did those days was go to the studio for shooting and come back home to the place we had rented in R.A. Puram. I did not know anybody, did not have any friends and, in fact, did not even know the roads in Madras. I consider myself lucky that in whichever language (whether in Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Tamil) I debuted in, I was always the leading lady.

Was I scared at being 17 in this adult world? Not at all. I was always optimistic, I never worried about how I would take care of my family. Although I dropped out of school...

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