Former Miss India Earth Sobhita Dhulipala is one of the luckiest actresses, who has carved a niche for herself in Bollywood as well as in South cinema. Sobhita’s journey through her career profile has always amazed us with her achievement and powerful performances. And there is no stopping. Sobhita Dhulipala is all set to leave us stunned with another strong character that she will be playing in Adivi Sesh’s ‘Goodachari’. She will also be seen in Geetu Mohandas’ film Moothon, starring Nivin Pauly. She will be seen as a sex worker in the upcoming bilingual film.
In an exclusive telephonic conversation with Pinkvilla South, Sobhita talks about her upcoming film, female-centric films ruling the box office and more.
Excerpts from the interview:
You are from Vizag and a proper Telugu girl. Why did it take such long time to do a Telugu film?
It’s been two years since I’d begun acting and am fortunate to have collaborated with passionate filmmakers. There is a definite and clear casting structure in Bombay that I went through- auditions/readings etc and it did not matter that I had no connections with the industry. The Telugu film industry seems a little more complex on that front and I may lack an understanding of it.
Considering a very strong character that you are playing, how did you prep up for Moothon?
It is a film that I feel immensely for and learnt a lot from. We went through many readings and workshops by Atul Mongia in a variety of groups. I also researched my character and studied private material on the matter. Shooting it in guerrilla-style was very enriching and left quite an impact on me. What an incredible team it was.
Any kind of genre that you are looking forward to exploring in South Indian cinema?
I see myself as a storyteller whose medium happens to be acting. I’d like to be a part of all kinds of films and there is such wonderful content being created in South Indian cinema. I am quite proud of my roots and look forward to doing more films in the South.
If you were to choose, which three actors would you want to work with in South Indian cinema?
Frankly speaking, I don’t think I’m as curious about the prospect of working with certain co-actors as much as collaborating with writers and directors. That’s where my thrill lies.
Alia Bhatt with Raazi and Keerthy with Mahanati, both the actresses made box office history with their female-centric films. What do you have to say about how women-centric films are box office hits without male superstars?
Films are stories of the living, whether it is a male or female or child or circumstance. They should all thrive without the need to be dumbed down for faster consumption. I do hope we continue to head in that direction, it warms my heart to see progress.