Director TN Krishna’s Telugu film Hippi starring Kartikeya Gummakonda and Digangana Suryavanshi, has finally hit the screens today. The film has opened to a positive response from the audience and critics alike. The romantic-comedy drama has bankrolled the movie under his banner V Creations. Digangana Suryavanshi who has been a part of Bigg Boss Hindi, makes her South debut with this film and must say, she has got a good start. The young actress in a recent conversation with us spoke about her chemistry with Kartikeya, her challenge to learn Telugu and a lot more.
Excerpt from the interview:
Acted in Hindi films, done reality shows among one being Bigg Boss, now made your Telugu debut. How did things fell in place and your decision to enter the South India Film industry?
Wow.. well… things falling in place is God’s grace. I try and keep up with my work, my decisions are definitely based on prioritising what I wanna do next.. Bigg Boss was quite a decision as I was 17 then… Then took some time from tv and only focused on films, fortunately, worked out well… I’ve always been inclined towards the south industry, making of films here, stories, really talented people… So yea it was in some part of my mind, so I received calls for Hippi, I flew to Chennai to meet the team, I thought I was gonna meet just the director maybe but to walk into a room with Thanu sir, Krishna sir, RD sir (DOP) , Poorthi (Designer) I was quite overwhelmed, I knew it the very first meeting that this is gonna be a good decision looking at the confidence and passion of everyone in the room and we finalized things on the same day…
How was working with Karthikeya? Your chemistry in one of the songs from the film is the highlight.
Very good to work with him, we share a good rapport, our director Krishna sir planned a three-four days workshop together to see how our chemistry looks an of course since it’s a new language for me.. it’s all been great, someone I can talk to in general and not feel out of space…haha.. I am glad you liked our chemistry and hope everyone does when they watch the film
How challenging was it to learn Telugu?
Well… initially to start with, very very new! It took me about a week to get my first schedule line which was in Srilanka… so that week in Hyderabad, I’d do reading with Krishna sir, Kasi (written dialogues in Telugu) and assistant directors, right from marking all meaning in English to understanding the mood of every scene precisely, to hearing voice memos… it was all of that but very happy with the outcome, didn’t have to take any prompting, I don’t like it, I memorized all my lines irrespective of how big they were..
Share us about your role in the film, Hippi?
My role in Hippi as you see in the teaser and trailer, she loves to ride a bike, an outgoing person but that’s not all… there’s a lotttttt to the role! I’d like everyone to watch the film and find out but until then I assure you it’ll be a great watch!
What is one thing that you have learnt from the South Indian film industry?
I think south film industry and Hindi film industry are both so well equipped… technically, with lovely crew and cast I felt home.. what I do enjoy a lot is the “Tashan” in Roles, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed in mine! Heh
One of the favourite South Indian male actors you would want to work with?
A lot ya… huge fan of Bahubali! Have watched contemporary movies as well of course… Rajnikanth sir, Chiranjeevi sir, Kamal Hassan sir are legends …