Sai Pallavi about Naga Shaurya ‘tantrum’ comments: Respect his feelings, his right to tell what he feels

The young actor will now make her debut in Tamil cinema with Karu which is directed by Vijay and is said to be story of a young single mother.

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Actor Sai Pallavi stole the limelight with her portrayal of a young lecturer in the Malayalam hit Premam in 2015 which also starred Nivin Pauly. Sai Pallavi followed it up with another subtle and impressive performance in Kaali alongside Dulquer Salmaan, another Malayalam top star. She later made her debut in Telugu cinema with Sekhar Kammula directorial, Fidaa, and impressed the Telugu audiences with her impactful performance. Playing a young girl from Telangana, a region which is seldom portrayed in Tollywood with lead roles in the spectrum, Sai Pallavi stole the show in Fidaa which also starred Varun Tej in the male lead role. The young actor will now make her debut in Tamil cinema with Karu which is directed by Vijay and is said to be story of a young single mother. Speaking to a leading daily, Sai Pallavi said that the character she played in Karu was something she never experienced before.

So, when director Vijay sir narrated the script, asking me to play a mother’s role and expecting certain emotions for the character, it was all new. Since I hadn’t experienced something like this before, I wondered how I would pull this off. So, we both sat for a discussion and later Veronika (the child actress who plays her daughter in the film), too, joined in. I started spending more time with her. Whatever emotions that you see on screen are very real. I think I started to see her like my daughter, being very protective and all that (smiles). But eventually, it has created a huge impact for the character,” Sai Pallavi told TOI in an interview.

Speaking about prepping for the role, Sai Pallavi says that she just followed what director Vijay told her. “I had a lot of support from Vijay sir. If your director knows what he wants on screen, it makes things easier. Vijay sir knew the exact emotion he wanted for a a particular scene. I thought the mother-daughter scenes would work if they were a bit loud, but he asked me to play it subtle. I used to tell Vijay sir that he wasn’t letting me act. But he asked me to wait for the final product. When I watched the film while dubbing, I understood why he had said that. It was a team effort as the three of us would often sit together to work on our parts,” Sai Pallavi added further.

Speaking about the comments made by her co-star Naga Shaurya about her tantrums on sets, Sai Pallavi said that she wasn’t aware of any incident which could have led to it. “When I saw this interview of his, I called up Vijay sir, asking if there was something that I did that I wasn’t aware of or if there was any discomfort on the set. I generally love people and put them before me. He said he didn’t have any idea how this came up and assured me that I didn’t do anything. You will obviously feel bad if somebody said that. If I have hurt him, I’ll feel bad. It’s worse for me because you I do not know how I hurt him. I asked Nirav sir, and he, too, wasn’t aware of this. We work for the director and if anybody had any problem, they should have escalated the issue to him. That is what makes it a good working environment. But I totally respect his feelings and it is his right to tell what he feels. But I am someone who would never hurt anybody. If I did hurt him in some way, I feel really bad. I hope he feels better now. As an actor, he is brilliant,” said Sai Pallavi.

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