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Interview: Jeeva’s down-to-earth actor – Pooja Hegde

Pooja Hegde, who has made her debut inMugamoodi, has a reason to be happy as her debut movie is getting good reviews for her performance. The Mumbai-based girl spoke to Prakash Upadhyaya from Oneindia amidst her packed-promotional activities. Here are excerpts from the interview:

How did you land in this project?
I have been getting offers for past three years from Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. At that time, I was not interested in movies and said no to all of them. Then one of my friends sent my pictures to somebody who in turn sent it to someone else and finally it reached the makers of Mugamoodi. I heard that when Mysskin saw my snaps, he absolutely loved it because he was looking for someone like me. Later, I was asked to come to Chennai and I met Mysskin, everything just got clicked.

What was your first reaction when you heard that you’re starring opposite Jeeva, an established actor in Tamil?
I was born and brought up in Mumbai. In Mumbai, we don’t watch much of Tamil movies and at that time I was not aware of Jeeva. The main reason why I accepted this was for UTV as it is a popular banner in India. I did not know who was Jeeva. Later, I spoke to him and watched his movies.

Did you find it difficult to pick up the Tamil language?
Initially, it was difficult but I think Tamil and my mother tongue Tulu are somewhat similar and there are a lot of familiar words. So, it was easier for me to pick up the language. People in the sets helped me out with pronunciation. I was writing the dialogues in English and recording the same to get it right. I also memorized which made easy. I thoroughly enjoyed the process.

How was it working with Jeeva?
Jeeva is a very nice person. He is a down-to-earth actor and he is very patient. Sometimes, a shot does not come easily but he used to wait and help me out. He is very understanding and made me comfortable, otherwise, it would have been very difficult for any newcomer to perform if they find the atmosphere is unfriendly. That’s why I am grateful that I worked with a star like Jeeva.

Mysskin is known as a demanding taskmaster. Did you have a hard time satisfying him with your performance?
(Laughs) Actually, it was the other way around. I tend to be harsh on myself. If I do a scene and look at it in the monitor, I believed that it could have been a lot better, but Mysskin used to be very happy with the scene. He was trying to convince me that I have done a good job. Nonetheless, I was trying my best to give a better shot every time.

Have offers started coming your way?
Yes, offers have been coming even before I signed Mugamoodi. I am getting offers from Tamil and Telugu but I am waiting for a right script and yet to sign any film.

Are you open for other industries?
I am open for all industries.

What kind of roles you would like to do in future?
Right now, I want to try my hands on everything and make myself a better actress and wish to do all kind of roles.

Who is your role model?
When it comes to acting, it is Madhuri Dixit. She is the perfect woman. I admire her a lot for her dancing and acting abilities.

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