Shraddha Srinath
Shraddha Srinath.Kalyan Yasaswi Photography

Actress Shraddha Srinath, who has proved her skills with films like U Turn, Vikram Vedha, K 13 and Jersey, is all set to impress the audience once again with her upcoming film Nerkonda Paarvai, which is a remake of Hindi film Pink.

The actress, in an exclusive interview, reveals why she said 'yes' to a remake, her upcoming projects, how Nerkonda Paarvai has changed her as a person and a lot more. Nerkonda Paarvai is slated to be released on August 8.

Excerpts from the interview:

IBT: Why haven't you watched Pink before completing the shoot of Nerkonda Paarvai?

Shraddha: I have never watched the whole film. I remember watching the scene where the sexual assault on Taapsee, in the film, happens and it was very disturbing for me. I am someone who cannot watch anything that is disturbing and especially when it is like a molestation or an assault. When I bagged the offer too, I decided not to watch Pink and to give my best. I think I have given my best and leave the judgement to the audience now.

IBT: So acting in the scene when the assault happens, was also disturbing? If so, how did you manage to do so?

Shraddha: I have a small story to share, in regard to this question. When the Nirbhaya incident happened, I was in Delhi, doing my Law internship. My parents and everyone including myself were freaked out. So when finally, the day when I have to shoot for the same scene has come, I decided to react like how Nirbhaya would have done that day. I took inspiration from her and did the scene, though it was disturbing for me. That girl is a true inspiration when it comes to learning about how to fight in life.

The first look of Ajith Kumar's Ner Konda Paarvai
Here is the first look poster from Ajith Kumar's Ner Konda Paarvai/PR Handout

IBT: Auditions in films down south sound like a taboo. Were you okay giving an audition? What was your selection process like?

Shraddha: In Bollywood, auditions are pretty common and any big actor would definitely give an audition when asked. I was completely fine giving an audition and I think some roles need auditions and especially when it is for a film like Nerkonda Paarvai. This film is a critical one and it needed auditions to find the best actors. It helps in introducing fresh faces to the industry and would open gates to talented artistes. I came to know through one of my friends and Vinoth sir too, that I was being considered to reprise the role Taapsee has played in Pink. Later when the auditions took place, they called me, I did my job there and was selected too.

IBT: Tell us about how working with Ajith was, and do you share screen space with Vidya Balan?

Shraddha: I don't share any screen space with Vidya Balan. But people on the sets have been all praises for her. Talking about Ajith sir, I must say that he is one of the finest actors we have in the industry. Have heard a lot about his professionalism, dedication to work and a lot more. Was amazed to see that all what I have heard about him is so true. He is a breezy actor. Down to earth, and never lets that star status come in between work. Have learnt a lot from him.

IBT: You don't like it when others remake your projects, but you have done one now. What do have to say?

Shraddha: I know (laughs). It is not that I don't like when someone remakes the film which I have been part of. It is all about the roles I have played in films like U Turn and Vikram Vedha. I can't see anyone else playing the role of Priya. I feel attached and emotionally connected to my roles. I repeat that I am not against remakes and that I am attached to my roles. Coming to the remake of Pink, I am not sure whether Taapsee would also feel like me or not. I hope she doesn't hate me for Nerkonda Paarvai.

IBT: Sometimes, actors get influenced by the roles they play. Has Nerkonda Paarvai changed you as a person?

Shraddha: Yes, definitely. The film has made my way of thinking better. I have become very outspoken. I am no way close to Meera, the role which I have played. I am not a fighter like her. But yes, now, I have become a fighter and learnt that when we are not okay with something, we should definitely make it clear to the opposite person, because, NO means NO.

IBT: Was there any moment where you felt that this project wasn't for you?

Shraddha: No, I don't think there has been any such moment. In fact, I have always been curious to know how the audience would respond to my performance and the film as well. I am sure that the audience would like it. I feel lucky to have been part of this project, which has a lot to tell to the public. The cast and the team is one of the reasons why I have been part of this film. Such an amazing film and people around and all these things have never made me feel like this project wasn't for me.