Five time national award winner Vetrimaran noticed Ashrita Shetty as she was a regular feature in Chennai Times and other dailies.
Winner of the Times Fresh Face contest in Mumbai and at its subsequent national level finals she is the face of the cosmetic brand Clean & Clear. Those advertisements gained her a place inVetrimaran upcoming feature, thanks to her naive looks and a girl next door image.
Her movie Udhayam NH4 releases in theaters worldwide tomorrow. We met Ashrita Shetty for an interview, here is an excerpt from the same.
Hi Ashrita Shetty, you look stunning in this designer wear. So, let us start off by you telling us about your role in Udhayam NH4.
Thank you, I play Rithika in Udhayam NH4. It is my debut and I am glad that Vetrimaran Sir chose me to be part of a great project. The script of this movie also revolves around Rithika who is almost close to my real life image of a chirpy, innocent college going girl.
From what we hear, Udhayam is a romantic thriller, what part of the shoots excited you?
Yes, there is action, romance and a bit of drama but overall it is a very subtle movie. The whole experience was enriching . You know I am the only one without an award on the sets, ha…ha…. However, speaking of my favorite part, I would say I loved filming for the action sequences. I could easily relate to my character but falling in love with the guy was a little different.
Did you mean it was a bit difficult for you?
Well, I think I am too young for that and have not yet experienced it. Apart from that, the dialogues were difficult as I was a bit nervous. But once we were over with the first schedule, I started understanding Tamil . In fact, the emotional scenes were the toughest to get hold of as Vetri Sir was very particular that he wanted me to think about sad things and cry for real. I hope it has come out well.
We are sure it must have. How was it working alongside Siddharth.
Siddharth is very supportive and had no tantrums. He is an established actor and has being patient with my mistakes. He was instrumental in instilling confidence, time and again as a good friend. I am so lucky to be part of a movie with him.
Wow, he must be glad when he read that. We head, before choosing this project you had a few B town that you turned down, is it true?
Yes, a couple of them, I think because of the huge competition there is a lot of indecent exposure in the movies that have been releasing lately, which I don’t approve of. Apart from that, in South people are more professional and disciplined, I have a good feeling about South.
Does that mean you are strictly against glamorous roles in Bollywood alone?
Presently, I would prefer a Tamil or Telugu movie.
So, who is favorite down South?
Surya and Dhanush
That was quick! so your favorite song from Udhayam?
I had a ball dancing in Indrodu Thadaigal but I would say Maalai Pon Maalai and Yaaro Ivan, will also make it to that list. A big thanks to GV Prakash Kumar for his tunes.
Indeed, amazing tunes. Anything you want to tell your fans, before we wrap up?
Udhayam NH4 is a definite entertainer. As you know it is my debut, your support means a lot to me and my team. I hope to see you at the theaters, thank you, this is Ashrita signing off.