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Actor Sneha

Actor Sneha  

Sneha is an actor worth many laurels. She speaks her mind about sensuality, glamour and vulgarity

Her honesty is exemplary. With her reluctance to settle for less or her preference to portray meaningful roles, Sneha thinks aloud when she says no-no to skin show and means it. Best known for her roles in Radha Gopalam and Sri Ramadasu, Venky and now awaiting a big release — Rajanna, Sneha is every bit as understated as the roles she plays. Having kick-started her career in the Malayalam film industry, Sneha now juggles between the Tamil and Telugu cinema fields.

With expressions as precise as a danseuse, Sneha is almost always in control. But she can't hold back the excitement at the mention of Rajanna where she plays a village belle, “It's a period film and it is coming at a very relevant time as it talks about Telangana and the fight for freedom.” Paired with Akkineni Nagarjuna, Sneha is all praise. She feels that it is a great combination and a meaningful film which will raise many issues like the divide between higher castes and lower castes, the tortures they have to undergo.

She attracted fans with her film, Priyamaina neeku and impressed the audience. Often seen portraying deglamourised and simple roles, Sneha has carved a niche for herself as a ‘thinking' actor. “Its not like I am being typecast into these roles, I feel proud to do ‘de-glamorous' roles but I think you can look the most glamorous in sariss.” Commenting on the latest trends in movies she says that people are looking at making glamour synonymous with vulgarity. She feels that wholesome entertainment can be provided without indulging in unnecessary skin show. “You can be fully clothed and still be sexy and sensuous,” she adds.

This new-age ‘Bapu Bomma' made that clear in Radha Gopalam, where she plays wife to Srikanth, a male chauvinist who doesn't like being subservient to his wife. She won the Nandi award for this movie. She says that working for Bapu really gave her a chance to come out as a great actor, “It was wonderful to work with Bapu. Everything looks beautiful in a Bapu film, the intimate scenes between a man and wife… the ‘Indian beauty' really comes to the fore,” she says.

But is she trying to steer clear of the ‘homely' tag? The actor says that she is very picky about the roles she does. With Bhavani IPS where she appeared in the titular role, Sneha managed to switch gears, donning Khaki, chasing goondas and holding a gun. While she would like to experiment with different roles, she stresses that she wouldn't like to be a part of skin show. “My character should have meaning and not just play second fiddle to the lead,” she signs off.

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