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“I'm too young to fall in love”

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Chatline Up-and-coming Telugu film actress Aksha Pardasany talks to P. Sujatha Varma about her dogged plans to make it big

Dreams unlimited Staying power is what matters Photo: Raju V.
Dreams unlimited Staying power is what matters Photo: Raju V.

I f things had gone well, she would have made what she calls ‘a perfect debut' in Hindi films with director Pradeep Sarkar of ‘Parineeta' fame.

“But the loss was kind of compensated when I worked with him in four ads,” says up-and-coming Telugu film actress Aksha Pardasany.

With movies like Yuvatha opposite Nikhil (Happy Days), Ride with Nani and Adi Nuvve with Naga Chaitanya behind, this vivacious beauty is eager to rachet up the ladder of her film career.

Mumbai is the place where she grew up into a starry-eyed teen. “I went to the Bombay Scottish School where the likes of Hritik Roshan and Ranbir Kapoor studied. But we never crossed each other because I was nine years junior to Ranbir,” she lets out a girlie giggle.

Quiz her about the experience of doing the Pepsi ad with Ranbir and she enthusiastically narrates how it helped her fledgling career. “People noticed me in the ad and it really caught the fancy of the youth. I was thrilled to share space with someone as popular as Ranbir,” she gushes.

Having faced the camera as a child when she was all of five, the 19-year-old is understandably comfortable with the spotlight.

Aksha comes from a Sindhi background and is lucky to have supportive parents. “It was my father's dream to see me as an actress.”

Though her first venture was a Malayalam film by director Kamal, she feels that ‘Yuvatha' did wonders to her career. “It opened new avenues for me. A lot of youngsters come to the industry everyday with a dream to make it big. But what ultimately matters is luck and hard work. I did get offers in the past but I waited for a good script,” she says.

Aksha is serious about her career in this industry. “Films are not a side business for me. I have no back-up plans. Films are the be-all and end-all option for me,” she says.

The young lady is currently busy learning the nuances of Telugu language. “I've started getting hold of the language. While delivering dialogues, I make it a point to stick to the original script rather than trying to replace difficult words with simple ones. In the next couple of years, I want to dub myself. This industry has opened its arms for me and I can't afford to allow language to become a barrier,” she says decidedly.

A big fan of Madhuri Dixit, Aksha is eager to do all that Madhuri has done on-screen. For her, the film industry is a mix of fun, excitement, a lot of home work and lengthy rehearsal sessions with the director.

Ready to work hard with a fervent hope that things will soon fall in place for her, Aksha clings on to optimism: “I am only 19. Who knows, a few years from now, I may be seen as the Madhuri Dixit of Mumbai and Telugu film industries”. The actress has her fingers crossed.

Talk about the myriad ‘temptations' that abound the film industry and she is candid enough to admit: “I have crushes on all my on-screen heroes. But once the film is over, it's all gone. C'mon yaar, I am just 19…too young to fall in love.”

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