I learnt cricket the hard way, says Rashmika Mandana

Chennai: Rashmika Mandana is a name to reckon with in Telugu and Kannada cinema. With a string of hits under her belt, she is all set to make a mark in Tamil cinema too. Besides Dear Comrade opposite Vijay Deverakonda, she has Sultan in which she shares the screen with Karthi.

Speaking to News Today, Rashmika, says, “I regularly watch Tamil films. I wish I do a film with Vijay.”

Excerpts from her interview:
Q: Tell us about your role in Dear Comrade?
A: I play Lilly, a State cricketer in the movie. I had no touch with cricket whatsoever. I was surprised when the director said that I play a professional cricketer in the movie. I had my doubts whether I can pull it off. I always want to learn new things. I took it in my stride and started learning the game. I did enough rehearsals for several days and with all the bruises that came with it.

Q: On sharing the screen with Vijay Deverakonda again after Geetha Govindam.
A: He is a wonderful actor. Having worked together in Geetha Govindam before, we share a good rapport and friendship. He has great energy.

Q: Are you a Chennai ponnu?
A: My childhood was spent in Chennai. We stayed in Defence Colony here as my dad was working here. I studied in a school called Ruskin. Later we moved to Coorg, which is my native place. So, the first language I learnt was Tamil.

Q: Do you watch Tamil movies?
A: I am a fan of actor Vijay. I watch lot of Tamil films. Much recently, I saw Sarkar, Mersal and Theri.

Q: On rumours that you will acting in Vijay’s next film.
A: I wish I do one with him. I recently completed Sultan opposite Karthi in Tamil. It has come really good.

M BHARAT KUMAR