Pooja Hegde is seen in back-to-back films from Bollywood, Telugu, Tamil and now Pan-India films. The latest in her kitty is the special song in Anil Ravipudi’s film F3
Pooja Hegde is surely the toast of the tinsel town. Even though she doesn’t believe in the number game and thinks being called number 1 heroine is a temporary phase – she hopes to do roles that will keep help her grow as an actor rather than be in the number game. “I do not want to be
a trend – I want to be classic”. In a recent interview she shares how she has been working through the last four years, even during the pandemic, except for a few breaks due to lockdown. With back-to-back films in Bollywood, Telugu, Tamil and now Pan-India films, she is surely ruling the roost.
She shares, “As an actor “Radhe Shyam” helped me grow. I have given my heart and soul to it. I prepared for the role as Prerna, researched for it, and that helped me. I loved doing “Beast” – it is a whole crazy film. I am looking forward to “Kabhie Eid Kabhie Diwali” with Salman Khan. In “Acharya”, I am seen in this traditional avatar with a pattu saree, plaits and kajal – a no make-up kind of a look. While, each film has its own destiny, I try to be different. And, I am excited to go to the sets every day.”
“I always wanted to work in different languages. Language has power, and to act in any language film, I feel, is a privilege, as it connects you to the audience. I believe – you should go where the films are good. I got Hindi film offers, but I liked the stuff coming to me in Telugu more than in Hindi. Telugu film industry has given me the respect and power choose what I want to do – which I do not take lightly.”
Pooja’s first film was a Hindi film with Hrithik Roshan. Over the years she has had “Mukunda” and “Gaddalakonda Ganesh” with Varun Tej, “DJ” and “Ala Vaikunthapuramlo” with Allu Arjun, “Aravinda Sametha” with Jr NTR, “Most Eligible Bachelor” with Akhil and “Maharshi” with Mahesh Babu amongst her Telugu films.
Pooja Hegde will also be seen in a special dance number for Anil Ravipudi’s sequel – F3 with Venkatesh and Varun Tej in the lead among her other important films of the season.
“I was an introvert with stage fright, and so my mom pushed me into dancing. Rythm sense was always there and I had learnt Bharatanatyam well.”
“I learnt to enjoy while dancing, and give it my best,” says the lady who matched her steps amazingly well along with Thalapathy Vijay. She had also done a popular dance number ‘Jigelurani’ in the film “Rangasthalam”
About the characters she would like to work on – “In “Aravinda Sametha” my character was so powerful. I am not saying I won’t play a depressed girl. I am here to tell stories. But I want to make films that inspire women. We didn’t have enough films that represented me as we grew up. We had it before us; during Savitri garu’s era. Somewhere down the line we changed pattern and thought women-oriented roles don’t work. I hope to change that.”