Shalini Pandey has 100 per cent kadhal on Kollywood

By M Bharat Kumar Published on Jun 13, 2018 02:15 PM IST

I want to act with Kamal Haasan. I admire him a lot’, says Arjun Reddy fame Shalini Pandey.

A welcome addition to south cinema, she made her debut in Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy and won the admiration of all. Today she is busy in both K’town and Tollywood.

Shalini is currently busy acting in 100 Per Cent Kadhal opposite G V Prakash and Jiiva starrer Gorilla. ‘

Chennai is always my second home. People are friendly here. And I am a great fan of idlies’, she says.

Excerpts from her interview:

Q: How life changed after Arjun Reddy?

A: When director Sandeep chose me for Arjun Reddy, I was not confident whether I would be able to pull it off. I am grateful that such a good script came my way. All credits to my team that helped me give my best. I never thought the movie would become a rage. Though I got several offers after Arjun Reddy, I was very choosy. I look for roles that excite me, roles that are more than just eye candy.

Q: About 100% Kadhal...

A: It will be another Kushi. There is romance, fight and comedy. It will have a connect with youngsters. GVP is an amazing co-star, who is extremely passionate about his craft.

Q: On acting with a chimpanzee for Gorilla...

A: It was a great fun to act alongside a chimpanzee. I thought it would be fun, but it wasn’t. I love animals and wanted to be friendly with this chimpanzee. She kept throwing tantrums though. Every time I walked in, she would jump on me and pull my hair. It is a fun movie.

Q: Tell us about the singer in you.

A: I love music a lot. I have even cut a music album recently in Telugu. If I get an opportunity, I would love to try my luck as playback singer.

Q: Your cameo in Nadigayar Thilagam.

A: I signed the film before Arjun Reddy got released. I knew that Keerthy, Samantha and others were part of the project. Screen-time is not important. It’s all about impact and self-satisfaction.