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A charming persona

With her girl-next-door looks and abundant talent, Sneha is all set to go places. She is excited about her next film, "April Maadathil", which is releasing next week.

SNEHA IS an epitome of grace. This Mumbai-born Telugu girl was brought up in Dubai where she had a chance meeting with director Fazil. He recommended her to a Malayalam director, who was looking for a heroine for his love story, "Ingane Oru Nilapakshi".

She was soon paired opposite Prashanth in Susi Ganesan's "Virumbigiren", the Tamil film which is yet to see the light of the day. This was followed by "Ennavale" with Madhavan, but the film bombed. However, it was the Lingusamy directed "Aanandam" that gave her the much-awaited hit and soon she was a name to reckon with in Tamil and Telugu films.

Sneha was touted as a strong contender for the top slot after she got noticed in films such as "Punnagai Desam" and "Pammal K Sambandam". But lady luck did not favour her, as films such as "Paarthale Paravasam", `Yeh Nee Romba Azhaga Irrukey" and "King" did not do too well at the box-office.

To add to her cup of woes, she injured her foot in a road accident. But Sneha is a fighter, indefatigable in spirit and mind. Not only is she photogenic, with a charming smile, but talented and professional to the hilt. She is all excited about "April Maadathil", which is releasing next week. What's more, she has bagged the heroine's role in Vijay's Pongal release "Vaseegara".

Your detractors were apparently shouting from the rooftop that you can never dance again following the accident...

Right now I am shooting a song with Vijay for "Vaseegara". Do you think I can do that without being able to dance? I fractured my leg in the accident and after a few weeks of physiotherapy and rest, I was fit. Now I can even jump!

Your recent films, including "Yeh Nee Romba... ." and "King", had a lukewarm reception at the box-office...

With Srikanth in "April Maadathil".

I had tremendous faith that the two films would become hits. When Mr.Vassant narrated the story of "Yeh Nee Romba... ", I felt it suited my girl-next-door image. But after watching the final product, I feel the narration went haywire. In "King", my role was chopped at the editing table and I was seen only in the song sequences.

Once you were tipped to be the `numero uno', but today you seem to be eclipsed by the Mumbai girls.

I am very happy with the roles that I have played to date. I have always honoured my commitments and have become selective about my roles. Glamour roles are not my cup of tea; I prefer performance-oriented roles.

But it is only glamour girls from Mumbai who have made it to the top...

I don't understand why our producers and directors prefer Mumbai models and beauty queens. It may have something to do with the colour of their skin.

Do you think that in the glamour struck industry, South Indian girls have no chance?

There are certain characters that suit only South Indian girls. In "Virumbigiren", I play the role of a village belle, a role close to my heart. The role of college going Shweta in "April Maadathil" will showcase my talent. If actresses such as Suhasini, Shobana and Revathy could reach the top without doing glamour roles, why can't I?

Sneha will be seen with Vijay in "Vaseegara".

Now that you are doing "Vaseegara" with Vijay, are the troubled times over?

I am very excited about the film and feel it will be a turning point in my career. Vijay is a great actor and I have some effective emotional scenes with him. Priya of "Vaseegara" is an unusual girl, who is quiet, aloof and dignified. It is a commercial film with loads of sentiment and good songs. I am confident that the film will do well at the box-office. My astrologers have predicted that 2003 will be my year (smiles).

How has "April Maadathil" shaped out?

It is a campus love story and Srikanth is the hero. It is all about friendship and I have a pivotal role. I am indebted to producer V. Gnanavel and director S.S.Stanley, for they waited for me to recover from the accident.

The local press is full of stories about your affair with Srikanth...

I have no time for gossips and innuendos. Let them write what they want. As for me, I am more interested in my films and career right now. Anyway the rumour mills will work overtime as Srikanth plays the hero once again in "Parthipan Kanavu"!

Any unfulfilled dreams?

I dream of a strong author-backed role that would fetch me a National Award.


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