Actress Disha Patani, who is making her Telugu debut with "Loafer", is all praise for director Puri Jagannath and actor Varuj Tej for their support on the sets of her first Tollywood film.

Disha is now busy promoting her debut movie "Loafer", which is slated to release in theatres on 17 December. In an interview with IANS, the actress revealed that she had auditioned for a film by Puri Jagannadh in the past, but could not bag the role. However, she was all thrilled when she received a call from the director two years later. "I never expected to be called again," she told IANS.

She says she enjoyed working on the sets of "Loafer" and she is thankful to the director and actor. "I don't know if my debut would've been this memorable had I chosen to work in another film. Thanks to Puri and Varun, I thoroughly enjoyed working in the film and at the same time, learnt a lot. My journey in this industry has begun on a very good note," the beauty from Nainital, Uttarakhand, said.

When quizzed about her role in "Loafer", Disha revealed that she plays a simple Hyderabadi girl. "It's a wonderful role of a girl who gets to explore life when she meets a guy. Although I play an urban character, I'm connected to the roots and know where I come from", the actress explained.

Disha also praised her director and his team. "Puri is a fabulous director. Although he works extremely fast, he sure knows how to get what he wants from his actors. Even before we started shooting, he helped me understand the character so well that I could visualize it in my head," she said.

"I enjoyed working with the team so much that it felt like I've been acting for many years. This was an amazing journey and it gave me an opportunity to explore myself."

Not just the director and the team, Disha can't stop raving about Varun either. "Varun is a very dedicated actor. He helped me so much whenever I got confused with my lines. He'd teach me patiently and wouldn't stop until I got it right. We bonded over football. We used to play on most days after the shoot. I was told that southern actors are too grounded and Varun stands testimony to that," she said. 

"We shot in the summer and you could imagine how hot it could've been. But we were completely in awe of the beautiful locations. When we were shooting in an old fort, we had this opportunity to dance with Rajasthani folk dancers. We got to learn so much about Rajasthani culture. The whole experience was so beautiful," Disha gushed.