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Interview of Varalaxmi Sarathkumar on 'Naandhi'

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Varalaxmi Sarathkumar will be seen as a lawyer in Allari Naresh's 'Naandhi', which will release on February 19. In this interview, she talks about the film, her role in it, the response for 'Krack', her future plans and more.

I have played a lawyer in this courtroom suspense drama. The character is very important in the story and my character travels with Allari Naresh's. I played a villainous role in 'Krack'. In 'Naandhi', I have played a normal character.

I have got long lines in the movie. Director Vijay Kanakameda has gone in for lengthy shots. I had to learn the lines by heart like a school student. In my career so far, this has to be one of the most difficult roles I have played. It's not just everyday Telugu but courtroom language. That's why it was not easy at all.

This is not the first time that I have dubbed for myself. I have previously dubbed for 'Pandem Kodi-2' and 'Krack', too, among others.

I don't like to play stereotypical roles. My career graph is in sync with this conviction of mine. I am not bored of intense roles. After all, it's my job. I am attracted to distinct roles. In Kollywood, too, I have played all kinds of roles, be it negative or positive ones. 'What have I done very differently?' is the question I ask myself every night.

I will be visiting Hyderabad more often, as I will be doing a handful of Telugu movies in the coming years. 'Krack' was my second straight Telugu movie. I will be working with Sundeep Kishan again (after 'Tenali Ramakrishna BA BL'). It's yet to be announced officially.

This film is going to be a changeover for Naresh. 'Naandhi' is not all serious. It has got a lot of commercial elements, too. Content is the winner at the end of the day. Naresh is always so quiet. He is very supportive as a co-star.

Vijay Kanakamedala doesn't feel like a new director at all. He is clear and very focused.

'Naandhi' is perhaps my 30th movie. My father (Sarathkumar) is very proud that I have done a role like Jayamma (in 'Krack'). He has heard people compliment my performance and dubbing.

There is a risk of getting stereotyped in all industries. As far as I am concerned, I am particular about trying a multitude of roles. I am a big fan of Vijay Sethupathi. He has played different ages on the screen.

In Tollywood, people are very nice. They treat me so well. Once they fall in love with a person, they are fans for the rest of their lives. That's the unique thing about the audience here.  

Updated on February 13, 2021