Telugu actor Shamna Kasim, who is fondly known in the film circles as Poorna, is all enamoured by Nandamuri Balakrishna’s charisma, dedication and energy. She is playing a character named Padmavathi in the upcoming movie ‘Akhanda’, which is hitting screens on December 2.
The Kerala-born actor says that she got lucky to have landed many projects post pandemic. She recently got appreciation for her role in Venkatesh Daggubati-starrer ‘Drishyam 2’. “It was a surprise to see comments that I got on social media for my role in the movie. Irrespective of how meaty the role is, it is always the character that people try to recollect. That’s what I need as an actor,” says Poorna, who is inspired by senior female stars like Sobhana, Suhasini and Revathi.
“They had even played the role of a mother at a young age. They always wanted to be versatile on-screen. I feel an actor doesn’t have to play a glam doll always and shouldn’t stick to one image. Although my forte is my dance, I’ve not got the chance to act in dance-based movies either. Financially speaking, we have plenty of ways to earn money, but landing a role that makes your career long-lasting… one should be lucky. I prefer to take the other route,” she adds.
It was in 2011 that she got an offer from Boyapati, soon after her movie ‘Seema Tapakai’ was released. However, things didn’t work out. “And after nearly 11 years, I got the chance. I’m playing a dominating and strong role as a health minister in the movie. It was a surprise. I’ve a combination role with Balakrishna garu in ‘Akhanda’. The beauty of working with Boyapati garu is that female actors get very strong characterisation in his movies. That’s what makes us interesting,” she adds.
The ‘Rajugari Gadhi’ actor feels that she still has limitations as an actor. Unlike others, she isn’t comfortable in all costumes. “I’ve a set of limitations. It’s again a personal choice whether to play a role in a movie. I can’t make a mess signing a movie and then complain about the scenes that I am not comfortable with. I’ve regretted losing many offers in the journey though. But all regrets in the end give good happiness. Sometimes, I play the cards close to my chest. We are working for audiences, there will be positives and negatives, I will take both imposters the same,” she smiles.
As a judge of the ‘Dhee’ dance reality show, she became closer to audiences, especially to telly viewers. “‘Dhee’ gave so much confidence and recognition,” she says.
“Born in Kerala and making a mark in Telugu film industry – if I have to thank a person for this, it’s my mother. Her motivation is behind what I am today. I’ve to even thank Tamil director Mysskin; the motivation I got from him during the shoot of ‘Savarakathi’ had changed my thinking,” she concludes.