Âł:HOOOHWPHÂżUVWWHOO\RXKRZH[FLWHG,DPULJKWQRZ0\GHEXW7DPLO movie, Mirattal directed by R Madesh, will be released shortly and I am eagerly looking forward to it. You should ask me more about Mirattal, because of which my long-cherished childhood dream of acting in a Tamil PRYLHLVÂżQDOO\EHFRPLQJDUHDOLW\Â´6KDUPLODXUJHVEUHDWKOHVVO\ Her excitement is understandable. Her family has produced multilingual ÂżOPVWKDWKDYHEHHQPLOHVWRQHVLQWKHLQGXVWU\VXFKDV3URYRNHG5DPML Londonwaley, Minnale and Tropical Heat to name a few. But at that time, this school kid didnâ€™t look even remotely close to being an actor. â€œNobody believes me when I tell them I weighed 90 kilos when I was in school! I QHYHUHYHUWKRXJKWWKDW,ZRXOGEHFRPHDÂżOPVWDU7KHWUDQVIRUPDWLRQIURP 90 kilos to 60 kilos is a personal Guinness Book of World Records! And look where I am nowâ€Śrealising my dreams,â€? smiles Sharmila, grateful to her aunt, who prompted her to lose weight. â€œIt was easy coming down to 70 kilos. But losing the extra 10 kilos was a major challenge. Now, I am a KHDOWKIUHDN%HVLGHV,GDQFHHYHU\GD\WRVWD\ÂżW$QGE\WKHZD\,KDYH lost weight through the traditional way of exercising and a balanced diet,â€? she states emphatically. Okay, we get the point! Sharmila had a dream debut in 2007 with the Kannada movie, Sajni RSSRVLWH6DPHHU'DWWDQL7KHÂżOPZDVDVPDVKKLWZKLFKDQQRXQFHGWKH arrival of this new face on the big screen. And the songs composed by $55DKPDQIRUWKHÂżOPZHUHFKDUWEXVWHUV)ORRGHGZLWKRIIHUVIROORZLQJ the success of Sajni, her very next project, Krishna opposite Ganesh, who was at the pinnacle of his career, was also a blockbuster. This barely-17 newcomer was then selected for actor Darshanâ€™s home production, Navagraha, which went on to be critically-acclaimed, and what followed were several hits like Ee Bandhana, Venkata in Sankata, Kari Chirathe, Swayamwara and Dhan Dhana Dhan, opposite almost all the A-list actors of Kannada including Duniya Vijay, Ramesh Aravind and Diganth, as also upcoming stars like Prem and Murali, propelling her into the top league of actors in Kannada. Today, she has become selective. â€œI donâ€™t act just for the heck of it. Tell me, where is the scope for female-oriented roles in Kannada movies these GD\V",WLVYHU\KDUGWRFRPHDFURVVJRRGVFULSWVWKDWJLYHLPSRUWDQFHWRWKH female lead,â€? she argues. Is it true that Sharmila has been concentrating on KHU7DPLOGHEXWIRUWKHODVWRQH\HDUZLWKRXWDFFHSWLQJDQ\.DQQDGDÂżOPV" â€œI cannot afford to compromise on my debut Tamil movie. I wanted to focus on Mirattal before accepting any offers in Kannada. Now that Mirattal is complete, I will explore Kannada movies again. Yeah, there have been plenty of offers. Let me see...â€? she says, obviously betting big on Mirattal. Initially, Genelia Dâ€™Souza had been approached for the female lead role, EXWGLUHFWRU0DGHVKÂżQDOO\VHWWOHGIRU6KDUPLODZKRWKDQNVKHUOXFN\VWDUV for bagging the role. â€œThe language was alien to me. I have worked very hard to pick up the accent and dialogue. My director did not approve of any prompting. Fortunately, my hard work has paid off, and already, there have been offers from several Tamil projects. But I am keen on the response to Mirattal, before signing any new ones,â€? she tell us. We are also pinning our KRSHVRQKHUGHEXW7DPLOÂżOP
Favourite Hobby: Dancing and singing (since the age of 3!)
Love: I am not interested in clichĂŠs. Love is about understanding one another, to ensure compatibility.
On screen idol: Audrey Hepburn; no one can replace her.
Passion: Wildlife photography; I have made a beginningâ€Ś
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