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Blazing a trail in tinseldom

Sneha has made a mark in the Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam film circuit, with some good performances


SHE BLAZED her way through numerous films in Tamil and Malayalam, and her performances in Telugu films too have left an indelible mark.

A discovery of Fazil, Snehais her own person.Her sense of self is too strong to be curbed on the silver screen, even when faced with a barrage of talented and senior co-stars.

"If the film doesn't charge me or if I don't relate to the character I am playing, I do not accept it and an absolute no to showing skin. I look glamorous in a salwar kameez and a sari.. My comfort level on the sets depends on the dress I wear," says Sneha.

Only 23, she has her head on her shoulders and a no-nonsense air about her.

All the rumours about an affair with a co-star and an impending marriage have taken a back seat.

"Earlier, I used to cry listening to all that malicious gossip, but then I resolved not to bother or clarify things. In this industry, kuch paaney ke liye kuch khona padtha hai."

Belief in herself

Her films Priyamaina Neeku, Anandam, Vasool Raja MBBS, Autograph, etc., are testimony to her talent and her belief in herself about the kind of roles she wants to portray.

Reminiscing about her first film in Telugu, she says the song Manasulonunnadhi has become synonymous with her name.

"In the film, when my father gets transferred and I leave for Vizag, there is a short song sequence Vinapadutundha na priyamaina neeku, which is my favourite shot.

I have a penchant for love stories because there you get a chance to emote in so many ways. That film set me thinking and I feel a person should never hesitate to express his or her feelings."

Platonic relationship

She adds, "I had worked for Autograph for 20 days but I appeared only for a few minutes only on the screen. I was so convinced with the role that the duration didn't matter. Many women told me they could identify with the character. It is possible to have platonic friendships. Everyone expected me to marry the hero but it didn't happen. If you ask me how I would react if I were in Divya's place, I would say I'm a very possessive person. One should know where to draw the line and should have trust in their spouse. If I get the importance I deserve in my marriage, I won't object to that kind of friendship."

Her trip abroad

"The Telugu film "Toli Valapu" is special to me because, for the first time, I went abroad. I got to see New Zealand, my dream destination.

A few songs were picturised there and it was fun."

She continues, " In real life, I'm reserved till I get to know a person."

"It is very important for me to work with good directors and I am lucky to be associated with talented people," she says.

Sneha is currently working in Sankranthi, a Supergood Films' venture, which is a remake of Tamil film Anandam and Radhagopalam opposite Srikanth.

Sneha doesn't believe in the rat race and says that if you are destined to do a particular film, it will definitely come to you.

Sneha believes that there is no point in accepting a lot of films.

"The three-and-a-half years I spent in this industry taught me a lot — right from the way I am supposed to sit, to what I am supposed to speak."."

Surely, Sneha has come a long way.

From a raw and an untrained starlet, she has metamorphosed into a confident actress.

Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY

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