I was excited to work with Sridevi – Hansika
by RINKU GUPTA
For the bright and bubbly Hansika, one of the major stars in the Southern film industry, October 1stis a day she’s looking forward to. Her next big film Puli with southern Super star Ilayathalapathy Vijay is all set for a grand release. A period fantasy flick, Puli is her second film with Vijay after Velayudham and is directed by Chimbu Deven. Hansika is excited to be playing a princess in one of the most awaited films of the year.
In a chat with her, we discover that the icing on the cake was working with the yesteryear sensation Sridevi, who makes a comeback to the Southern cinema with this flick.
“I’m excited to be part of such a big fantasy film like Puli. It’s going to be something the Tamil industry hasn’t seen before,” discloses Hansika who plays a princess. Off screen too, she has a strong association with princesses, “Incidentally, at home I’m called a princess by my family and I sleep on a princess quilt!,” she chirps. “But feeling like a princess is vastly different from actually playing the part! I had to do a lot of homework with the director’s help and it took me three hours to do the makeup and costumes each time. But it’s been worth it and I’m glad I could experience such a role so early in my career,” reveals Hansika.
Star stuck with Sridevi
The other factor that makes Puli special for her, was sharing the screen with Sridevi. “The first film I saw of Sridevi ma’am was Sadma, opposite Kamal Hassan, when I was ten years old. I was too young to understand much and was crying my lungs out, moved by her performance. That image of her just stuck in my brain. So when I heard that I would be sharing the screen with her in Puli, I was thrilled! She’s very sweet and I learnt a lot from her,” says Hansika.
Incidentally, the duo has one factor in common. Both have started their careers as child stars. But while Sridevi, started off as a child artiste in Southern Cinema, and later made it big in Bollywood too, Hansika gained started off as a child actor in Bollywood, before finding her call in the South.
A well known face in Hindi tele-serials and films as a kid, Hansika fondly recalls the days, “I have fond memories of being pampered on sets. I got a lot of recognitionin Bollywood. But I left at the peak of my career as a child star, to pursue my education.”
At home in South
Now, a major star in Tamil and Telugu cinema, Hansika has her hands full of work with not a moment to breathe. Many a director and actor is keen to work with her again, owing to the rare combo of talent, beauty and professionalism. In Tamil, she is currently teaming up with director Sundar C yet again, for Aranmanai 2 and has Pokkiri Raja with actor Jeeva and the Hindi Jolly LLB remake in Tamil, opposite Udayanidhi Stalin, with whom she teams up yet again. Ask her the experience of shifting base to the South, and she says, “It’s not about shifting base or anything. I’m an entertainer and wherever I get the chance to entertain I do it. I just love the Southern film industry which has welcomed me with open arms. I love the people here and I feel very much at home here. In fact, my mom always tells me ‘Hansu you should have been born in a South Indian home’. I’m really glad to be recognised as a Southern film actor today.”
On the ‘Vijay’ factor
Ask her about sharing screen space again with Vijay in Puli and Hansika can’t stop raving about her co-star, “He hasn’t changed a bit since we worked together in Velayudham and is the same kind, down-to-earth and sweet person despite being such a huge star. Whenever I look at him I ask him what he eats because he always looks so young! As an actor, he always brings something new to his role. He is multi-talented and I love seeing him act, sing and dance on screen.”
The busy bee indulges herself in simple pleasures when she wants to unwind after work, “My ‘Me Time’ is very important to me. Post a hectic day, I unwind with a walk, a drive or a hot cuppa tea.” Basking in the glory of the arc lights she prays for only two things, “I ask God to keep everyone around me happy and keep me so busy with work that I have no time to breathe! My life is filled with movies and that’s what makes me happiest,” she signs off.