Ileana, the Telugu hottie and one of the very few actresses in India who possess a hour-glass figure, has been on top in Telugu films. Ileana debuted as heroine in Tamil films opposite Ravikrishna in the dud ‘Kedi’ a few years back, in which film Tamannaah (the reigning ‘queen’ of Tamil films now) too debuted as an actress by playing a negative role.
After the film flopped, both Tamannaah and Ileana went to Tollywood to try their luck there. While Tamannaah came back to Kollywood acting in some Telugu films and made it big here by starring opposite leading heroes, Ileana chose to stay put in Tollywood where she acted against all the top heroes over the years and found her way to the top in quick time.
Ileana was rumoured to be playing Vijay’s heroine in ‘Vettaikkaran’, a role later played by Anushka Shetty a.k.a. Anushka. After a long gap, Ileana is back in Kollywood, playing ‘Chiyaan’ Vikram’s heroine in the film ‘Vedi’ to be directed by Boopathy Pandian of ‘Devadhaiyai Kandein’ fame. Besides her film assignments, Ileana doesn’t blink an eyelid in signing commercial endorsements too.
While many leading stars stay away from doing commercials as ‘it would rob their star value in the public’s eye’, Ileana thinks otherwise. “By sheer luck, we actresses are approached to endorse commercial products for which we are offered handsome money. I don’t believe in the fact that a successful star would lose his/her star value if he/she starts appearing in commercials.
“Only till market value is there, actresses and actors are courted by commercial companies for endorsing their products. Once an actor or actress loses his/her star value, the offers start waning. As far as I’m concerned, I firmly believe in the adage “It’s better to make hay while the Sun Shines. I am not talking with particular reference to anyone; I just speak out my mind,” concludes Ileana.