It is no secret that the lovely Sai Pallavi is one of the most sought after young stars in the Southern film industry today. She began her career in 2015 with the surprise hit ‘Premam’ and got off to a perfect start. A romantic-drama, it received praise from moviegoers as well as critics and saw her star opposite Malayalam sensation Nivin Pauly. Talking about its success, she had said that ‘Premam’ helped her grow as an individual and gain self-confidence.
“On the release day, I called up Nivin and Alphonse and wept because I was convinced my role as ‘Malar Teacher’ would be panned. I was proven wrong. Alphonse wanted me to appear natural on screen, because he said it would give people confidence. Ironically, it gave me confidence. I don’t hide anymore,” she had told a leading daily.
Thereafter, Sai Pallavi tasted success once again with the 2016 release ‘Kali’. A Sameer Thahir directorial, it was a drama and saw her work opposite yet another Mollywood heartthrob Dulquer Salmaan and add another feather to her cap. Earlier this year, she entered Tollywood with ‘Fidaa’ and made quite an impact. In the romantic drama, she played the role of a girl from Telangana and became the latest heartthrob of T-town. Talking about the response to ‘Fidaa’, she had said that she felt ‘overwhelmed’ by the love he received for her portrayal of Bhanumathi.
“It feels so overwhelming. I was really surprised by this kind of response, especially for my dialogues in the Telangana accent. I’m on cloud nine. Having learnt the Telangana accent, whenever I think of Telugu now, I can only relate with this accent,” she had told a news agency.
Her latest release ‘MCA’ hit screens last week and opened to a good response at the box office despite receiving mixed reviews.
During a recent chat with a leading daily, director Venu Sree Ram said that he was happy about his hard-work finally paying off.
“I came close to directing a couple of films last year too, but they did not materialise. I was feeling low and emotionally down. It was then that I started penning a fresh script for Nani. I persevered along with my writers and it eventually paid off,” he added.
Interestingly, ‘MCA’ marked his return to filmmaking after a hiatus of five years. Addressing the gap, he said that he was under pressure to deliver a hit while working on the film.
“If the film did well, it would be a double hat-trick for the production house and that fact was playing subconsciously in my mind. I was a bit tense because I didn’t want to play the spoilsport. I was nervous yet confident about the film,” he added.
Elaborating on the difficult phase of his career, Venu Sree Raam said that it helped him ultimately evolve as a storyteller.
“I think the low taught me a lot and made me evolve as a filmmaker. I started watching more films, which inspired me to write the plot of this film (MCA). In fact, the story is inspired by the incidents in my personal life, and when my wife saw the film, she was pleasantly surprised. Even my brother appreciated the film,” he added.
Well, we are happy for the director and hope that he finds success with his subsequent films as well.
With ‘MCA’ in theatres Sai Pallavi will turn her attention to her next release ‘Karu’. The film is a horror-thriller am will see her essay the role of a mother. Directed by AL Vijay, it also has Naga Shourya in the lead and has created a buzz amongst fans courtesy its trailer.
So, did you like ‘MCA’? Comments, please!