Bollywood bombshell Priyanka Chopra’s cousin Mannara Chopra made her debut in Telugu with ‘Prema Geema Janta Nai’. She later made her entry with Jid and once again came back to Tollywood and starred in films like sunil’s ‘Jakkana’ and Sai Dharam Tej’s ‘Thikka’.
She is now pinning her hopes on her upcoming bilingual entertainer ‘Rogue’ in Kannada and Telugu. She will be seen as Anjali in the film directed by Puri Jagannath. Film makers, the debut of Isaan and stars Angela Krislinzki as another heroine. Sunil Kashyap is the music director. Film is getting remade in Bollywood by Salman Khan and it features Sooraj Pancholi in the lead.
Speaking to scribes, she said, “This is a big film for me and I’m excited because it’s a Puri Jagannadh film,” Sharing more details about her role, she added, “I play a girl from a lower middle class family who helps her family by singing. Puri says that many of his films are dominated by the lead actor, but this time, he wrote a proper role for the female lead too”.
About sharing screen presence with Angela, she said, “I really don’t see whether there are two or three actresses in the film. What really matters is public opinion and reception of my character. I am not nervous about my screen space or the length of my role. Even if it’s a two minute role, my performance matters.”
On her experience with Puri Jagannath, she said, “It’s a complete transformation for me as I didn’t wear any make-up. I had to look like a typical Telugu ammayi,” About the film delay she said “I started shooting for this film last January but demonetisation postponed the release. Puri sir wanted a good date as he was introducing a newcomer, and told us to wait. I now think the delay is for the good only”.
On shooting for the bilingual she said “Every scene was shot twice, as the director wanted the lip sync to be perfect for both the languages. It was very difficult as I had to remember both the Kannada and Telugu lines. Luckily for me, Puri gave the script in advance, so I knew about my role and dialogues. I am passionate about my work, and managed well in both the languages. I also got help from the assistant directors,”
She added, “Though it was initially difficult, I have now picked up a bit of both the languages,” On her cousin Priyanka starring in Telugu film, she said, “Yes, she is planning to do so soon.” She added, “She wants to introduce new talent and I am working in her Telugu production. After all, it is my home production!”
On Bollywood films, she said, “The Hindi film released last November, after which I came to Hyderabad for my Telugu films. There was no time to do a Hindi film, but now I am planning one,” On her future projects, she said, “I am getting a lot of offers even in Telugu, but I want to wait for this film’s release.”