– Rinku Gupta
She’s slowly and steadily built her way up the ladder, spanning several industries from Telugu to Tamil, Kannada and Hindi. The Yaariyan girl RAKUL PREET is now on cloud nine, as her next project in the South kicks off on July 29th with the puja of AR Murgadoss film starring Southern heartthrob Mahesh Babu. For any actor, being directed by the Ghajini director Murugadoss is a dream come true and its no wonder then that Rakul literally jumped for joy when she heard that she had been cast as the heroine of the Akira director in his Telugu – Tamil bi-lingual project.In a chat, Rakul reveals how the project came about and why she’s so excited about being part of Murgadoss-Mahesh Babu combo film.
Fan girl moment
“A R Murugadoss tops the list of directors I always wanted to work with. So I am absolutely thrilled that I’m getting to work in his project opposite Mahesh Babu,” chirps Rakul Preet excitedly. She has her reasons for this admiration,“He is a very sensible director He makes commercial films and yet every film gives out a message directly or indirectly. He makes wholesome cinema with a mix of commercial and social elements and at the same time keeps audiences at the edge of their seats in thrilling anticipation. Every age group can enjoy his films. Ghajini was the first Murugadoss film I saw and I’ve been a huge fan of his work ever since. Mahesh Babu is the biggest super star in Tollywood. Both coming together for me in this one project is the best thing that could happen for me. I am really grateful to God!”
So how did the film which originally was supposed to star Bollywood’s Parineeti Chopra land up in Rakul’s lap? She discloses “Last year when this project got rolling there was a vague discussion but I didn’t hear anything after that from my manager. Later I heard that Bollywood names were being discussed. I heard Parineeti Chopra was on board. So I had no hope on the project. But then suddenly I heard that they were looking at whether my dates could be worked out or not. Within a week of that there were talks with my manager and everything suddenly fell into place. I didn’t even hear the story narration because I was so excited about this combo of Murugadoss and Mahesh Babu. I knew it’s going to be a fantastic script if both are going to do it together. What could be better than that! In fact I when my manger rang up and told me he had this good news for me, I was shooting in Kashmir. When he told me, I literally jumped up in the air with joy!”
Though the shooting will commence with a puja on 29th July, Rakul will be joining the unit in the first week of August. Ask her about her role and she is tight-lipped but does concede there will be a workshop before her shoot, “I can’t talk about my role right now. But Murugadoss sir is used to the workshop model and so we will be having sittings and readings on my character and my body language.”
AR Murugadoss is known to give leading ladies memorable characters, be it Asin in Ghajini or Sonakshi Sinha in the upcoming Akira, to name a few. For Rakul to be a heroine in his next is certainly a milestone in her career. She says, “Every film I do is a important because I believe in giving my hundred percent and and making every film a turning point which gives me something the previous film hasn’t. I generally don’t think of films in terms of milestones, nor of turning No.1 or anything. I’m working with geniuses like Murgadoss, super star Mahesh Babu and cameraman Santosh Sivan. I’m going to learn a lot from them. So in that sense it’s definitely an important milestone for me, not just because it’s one of the biggest films.”