The lovely Shriya Saran is one of the most popular stars in Southern cinema today. And, at present, she is gearing up for the release of Gayatri. The film features veteran actor Mohan Babu in the lead and has already created quite a buzz amongst fans thanks to its gripping trailer. During a recent chat with the media, Shriya said that she took up Gayatri as her character is an integral part of the story, despite its limited screen time. She also revealed that she can really relate to her character, courtesy her simple background.
“When I first heard the story from director Madan, I felt it’s a character that contributes a lot to the story. Even though it’s a small role, I liked the fact that it has a purpose. I play a simple girl from a small village. She’s innocent and honest but at the same time has a voice of her own. I could relate a lot to the character because I come from a small-town,” she added.
Speaking about the recent trend to make female-centric films, she said that the way in which women are portrayed can be changed only when we have more women behind the lens.
“We need more women behind the lens. Most of the recent woman-oriented films, which were unanimously praised, were made by men. You can’t consider such films are women-centric. When I worked on Deepa Mehta in Midnight’s Children, there were more women than men behind the lens,” she added.
On a related note, 2017 was a fairly good year for Shriya. In January, she was seen opposite Balakrishna in Gautamiputra Satakarni and received rave reviews for her role. A historical-drama, it well at the box office despite releasing alongside Khaidi No 150. Her other big release was Paisa Vasool which received a decent response at the box office.