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chat Sanam Shetty is set to make her debut in the Telugu film industry

dream debutSanam Shetty
dream debutSanam Shetty

After making her presence felt in the Tamil and Malayalam film industries, Sanam Shetty is set to make her debut in Telugu films.

With her movie Intinta Anamayya set to release this month end and two Tamil films in the pipeline, Sanam has her hands full.

She plays an NRI rock star with a very modern outlook in the Telugu film. Her character, she says, undergoes a transformation of sorts in the second half and begins to appreciate Telugu culture and music.

Incidentally, Sanam is a qualified software engineer, who worked with an IT company in the UK, before she stepped into the glamour industry.

So what made her switch careers?

“I had been modelling for some time and films happened naturally. I made my debut in Ambuli , a 3D movie in Tamil. I then went on to do a Malayalam film as well. It was in this film that the makers of Intinta Anamayya noticed me and approached me. Subsequently, I auditioned for the part and got it,” she says.

Was it intimidating to work with a veteran director like Raghavendra Rao, we ask?

“I must admit that I was very nervous when I first met him. However, I soon realised that he is very approachable and allows his actors creative freedom. To work with him in my Telugu debut is a dream,” says Sanam, adding, “This movie is quite unlike other Telugu films. It has been entirely shot in Araku and Visakhapatnam and focuses on the Telugu culture.”

Sanam, who is from Bengaluru, can speak fluent Telugu and is familiar with the Telugu culture.

“My mother is from Andhra so Telugu comes naturally to me; there was no language barrier. Besides, the filmmakers wanted to cast somebody with a Telugu connect,” she explains.

With two Tamil films in the pipeline, Sanam hopes that she will get an opportunity to work in more Telugu films as well.

Quiz her on what kind of roles she would like to essay and she says, “So far I have managed to get roles that give me a scope to perform.

I wouldn’t mind doing some candy floss romances as well, but I wouldn’t want to give up on performance-oriented roles.”

How has life changed for this former software engineer post films? “The movie industry is nothing like what we perceive it to be. However, I don’t regret my choice one bit.

Needless to say life has become very interesting, with the only variation being that wishing for an organised life is now a luxury, what will all the shoots and promotions,” says Sanam, who loves to spend her spare time catching up with her family and friends.

ranjani rajendra

The movie industry is nothing like what we perceive it to be. However, I don’t regret my choice one bit. Needless to say life has become very interesting, with the only variation being that wishing for an organised life is now a luxury


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