Pooja Gandhi is back after a small hiatus. The most wanted heroine of Kannada cinema for the past few years recently ventured into politics. Naturally, there arose apprehensions about whether Pooja will act or not?
Though Pooja was saying all along that she had no idea of quitting acting, the actress didn’t sign any film in the last six months. Now the actress is back playing the title role in a film called Hoovi to be directed by choreographer turned director Vishal Raj. So, where was Pooja Gandhi all these days?
Here are the excerpts from an interview with her.
Where was Pooja Gandhi all these days?
Well in the last few years I have been continuously working. I wanted a big break. Inspite of getting offers for many films, I had restrained myself from accepting films. I took a long break. I was on a holiday and spent 25 days in Italy. I follow Guruji Yoganand’s principles and I had been there for a community event. I had also been to Dubai to enroll my sister Suhasi in Dubai Tennis Academy. Now I am back, relaxed and will be working more in the future.
So, What is Hoovi about?
Hoovi is the story of a drought stricken village girl who comes to Bangalore in search of a new life. What happens in the city is the crux of the film. I am very much happy to do this kind of role. I have seen many similar people in social life. I am just portraying them on the celluloid that’s all.
Is it an art film?
I definitely don’t like to categorize it in the art genre. Even though the story has more artistic touch, it is told in a commercial manner. I would like to call it as a bridge film.
Your new film Dandupalya has been creating ripples for its skin show and violence. What are your thoughts on this?
I have done skin show earlier also. But this role is poles apart. This is the kind of role which Priyamani or Nandita Das should do. I took it up and was surprised at my own performance when I saw my portions during the dubbing of the film. The film has come out very well and in spite of the accusations regarding the skin show and violence, the film has come out different and is realistic. I am very much eager to know the response of the people when they see the film.
Recently director Trishul accused that you demanded a big remuneration for acting as Silk Smitha in the Kannada Dirty Picture. What’s this fuss all about?
I don’t want to talk anything about the Dirty Picture. It’s a closed chapter and it is none of anybody’s business to talk about my remuneration. I take what I deserve and that’s all.