How it happened
As a model, I've done a lot of commercials.As luck would have it, I ran into producer Kannan when I was in Chennai, shooting for a jewellery advertisement. He put in a word about me to director Saravana Krishna, for his film Nesi. I fell in love with the story the director narrated — it was about the bonding between a father and his daughter. However, I was far from confident to do my first film in a language I did not know. Thankfully, the entire unit helped me learn the basics of Tamil, and to my surprise, I knew a smattering of Tamil by the end of the shooting.
How it felt
As a model, seeing myself on the screen was not new to me. However, congratulatory calls from well-wishers who had watched Nesi made my day! A few well-known directors contacted me, but, by then, I'd already committed to the Telugu film Chapter Six. The film is about a young girl living life on her own terms, and is due for release shortly.
How life changed
My life has not changed much, except that a few people who've seen me on the big screen come up and talk to me. I've been receiving interesting offers, but I'd be happy to balance Tamil and Telugu films. Also, it makes sense to make a mark in these languages before testing the waters in others. New directors these days come up with fresh ideas; I'd love to be part of good projects similar to Subramaniapuram and Nadodigal.
s. r. ashok kumar