Monday, February 26, 2007

Sivaji has been a great experience : Shriya

Saran is reveling in the limelight of power that’s zooming in on her. She is
the red hot heroine in Kollywood after she signed Shankar’s Sivaji
with superstar

. Today Kollywood is her oyster. She has signed films with
Vijay and Vikram two of Tamil film industry’s top stars- Azhagiya Tamizh
and Kandasamy respectively . As of now, Shriya is basking
in the glory of Tiruvilayadal Arambham a surprise super hit that
resurrected the career of its hero Dhanush. Since then all young guns in the
industry wants to do a film with the ‘Lucky lady”, but she has been politely


Shriya has a flawless skin, perfect figure, beautiful smile
that will melt any heart and has a touch of class. She is a trained Kathak
dancer and is literature graduate from the prestigious Lady Shriram College

New Delhi
. Her mother is Neerja Saran, a former chemistry teacher at
India’s best school, the Delhi Public school (DPS) Mathura Road, Delhi. Now
Shriya’s family including her brother Ahiroop who recently got married has
relocated to

. Shriya is a voracious reader and can talk about anything
under the sun. Her favourite authors are
the Brazilian writer and Brian L. Weiss the noted psychatrist
and author. Moviebuzz met Shriya over breakfast at `The Park` hotel
. The pretty actress in conversation..


What is the secret of your beauty? You look a
million bucks these days…

Thank you (Smiles). In fact my favourite meal of the day is
breakfast. I have an egg white omelette, porridge and paratha. For
lunch I have plain roti with Dal and Bhindi Indian style. Sometimes
I take fish and I love Chennai as fresh fish is available here. My
favourites are Andhra, Malabar or Goan fish curry. I don’t touch red
meat nor am I very fond of chicken. But basically I eat well.


So, you are a foodie?

Yeah..I enjoy good food and Thai cuisine is my personal favourite. I
never eat junk food though I love Subway stuff!


But how do you manage to look so thin?

I am 54 kilos. I eat well and work out too. I am passionate about my
workouts in gyms atleast for 45 minutes every day. I believe that
it’s not keeping body in shape but it’s fitness that matters the


How where you chosen to be the Sivaji
heroine, the most coveted role in south Indian cinema?

(A broad smile) One day, I got a call from Shankar sir who said he
had seen me in Mazhai. He said that he was impressed by my
looks and performance. He asked me if I were interested in being

’s heroine in Sivaji. I could not believe it
and immediately said ‘Yes’. Then I came down to

, met Shankar sir who said that I don’t need any
make-up or screen test. He also gave me some DVD’s of Rajni sir’s
films and I watched all of them. I believe that it was destiny that
Sivaji came my way.


Can you elaborate on your experience of working
with Shankar

He is a perfectionist and my role is very good. I have never worked
with another director who goes for such detailing as he wants
everything to be picture perfect. Before the shoot dialogues were
e-mailed to me so that I could prepare myself. He conceptualizes
everything, even minute details including costume and colour
schemes. And the best thing is that he gives freedom to his artists
to express their views, which I feel is good as he does not mind
incorporating them.


Tell us about your character in Sivaji?

(Screams) Oh No…. Shankar sir will kill me! Ok… now that the film is
ready for release, I’ll give you a preview of my role. Don’t ask for
more. I play a bubbly happy character full of beans.


What is your character name?

My character name is Tamizh and I wear Pavada-Dhavani. I am
there in four out of five songs which are amazingly tuned by
A.R.Rahman. I love dancing which everyone says comes naturally to
me. Please don’t ask me anything further about the film (smiles).


Let’s change tracks… How was it working with


Rajni sir is truly the living legend of Indian cinema. I have never
seen so much awe and respect among people for an actor like Rajni
sir has. At airports, hotels and other places all over the world,
people come up and ask me- “Sir epiddi irukku? To be honest, Rajni
sir’s heroines can piggy-back ride on his popularity. Thanks to him,
I’m getting so much of attention and respect from the masses and the


As a person how is he?

Rajni sir is the nicest human being that I have come across in life.
Always willing to help others and he has so much of patience and his
knowledge is vast. He is like a search engine as he has an answer to
all your queries. When we were in

, none of us knew anything about the country. But sir
knew all customs and even the political history of the place on his
finger tip. He is the most chilled out, down-to-earth, well read
person that I have ever met in life.


How was it working with

the actor?

Sir will explain the importance and significance of each scene
before the shoot. And when the shot is ok but he finds that I am not
comfortable, he will go for a retake. And when I do a scene well, he
will clap and motivate me to do better. The kid in him is still


So you had a great time working with Sivaji

Working with Shankar sir and Rajni sir was indeed an experience that
I will never forget in life. K.V.Anand the cameraman also helped me
a lot. Producer AVM Saravanan sir and his son Guhan and his two
lovely daughters had gone out of their way to make me comfortable.
It’s indeed been a nice experience.


What are your forthcoming films?

I am currently shooting with Vijay for Azhagiya Tamizh Magan
in which I play a college student. Then there is Kandasamy
with Vikram who is a fine actor. In Hindi I’m doing Awarappan
with Imraan Hashmi and let me tell you that there are no kissing
scenes (gives a naughty smile). I have also signed a film with

Bobby Deol
for director Sangeet Sivan. I will not be signing
any new Tamil films till my current assignments are over.


Source : Sify