Staging a comeback in films after a certain gap didn’t prove successful for many in the past. But it worked well for Vijayashanti. Her second innings after a 13-year gap has been victorious as Mahesh Babu starrer Sarileru Neekevvaru registered a success at the box office. The role of Professor Bharathi that she portrayed is equal in size and depth to that of the hero as it reflected her predominance in the world of cinema, despite her absence from the screen for so long.
How would she take this breakthrough for the second spell in her career that spanned over 40 years in all Indian languages? With a humble response, Vijayshanti attributes it to the grace of the God. “In fact, I had never thought I would make a return given my political activities. Even if I had a thought somewhere in my heart, I did not foresee a film of this kind with Mahesh Babu. It was an absolute design of the Almighty, I strongly believe,” the senior star actor admitted.
Vijayashanti is amazed at the response from public as well as her fans, who have been waiting to see her again on-screen, to her role in the film. “My fans who missed me for so long are now overwhelmed with the role of Bharathi. Many have quoted the scene where Mahesh Babu and Rajendra Prasad salute me as military personnel do in front of the National Flag. What else a true artiste can desire than this,” she says.
On the combination with Mahesh Babu after 30 years, the actor says it has been quite delightful. “When we did Koduku Diddina Kapuram in 1989, Mahesh was a kid but displayed all the promise for a robust career. More than 30 years later, when I was attending my first call sheet, I was sort of clueless as to how he behaves because he emerged as the biggest hero of present times. I was all the while more cautious,” she recalls. But, Mahesh turned out to be his usual self and was like the kid 30 years back, says Vijayashanti, adding that his “child-like qualities really delighted me beyond measure”.