Mumbai: Bhumika Chawla is basking in the success of her Telugu movie Seetimaarr. The film, directed by Sampath Nandi, is a sports action drama and features Gopichand and Tamannaah Bhatia in the lead.
Talking about the film, the Tere Naam actress says, “Sports films have their own charm and curiosity among audiences. Theatres have opened up and the entertainment industry is peaking. I play the role of Gopichand’s sister who was a kabbadi player and inspires him to become a player and coach.”
Heaping praise on her co-stars, she adds, “I have worked with Tamannaah before. She is a good co-actor to work with and is very hardworking. It always feels good to work with people who are passionate about their work. Gopichand is a powerful actor and is very humble as well.”
Bhumika made her Tollywood debut in 2000 with Yuvakudu. She says her journey so far in the South film industry has been worth enjoying. “The landmark films of my career in the South would be Yuvakudu, Okkadu, Simhadari, Missamma, Naa Autograph, Anasuya, Middle-Class Abbayi, Bhramaram and Sillunu Oru Kaadhal to name a few. Southern industry has its own way of functioning. The audiences in the South worship their idols, it’s their way of showing love. Each culture, industry and person is different,” she adds.
The actress further elaborates, “People have been very respectful. God has always been kind and I got to work with the best people. I thank Great India Entertainment for launching me in the Telugu film industry — and am also grateful to Supriya, Nagarjuna and the production house. I learnt a lot from the industry.”
But what about the language barrier? “I have acted in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. As an actor there is no preferred language — a good script, great content and solid team are what matter to an actor – language is no bar. Though Hindi comes easy, it has never been a barrier. One has to work hard to work in different languages and once you get used to the language it’s fine,” she replies.
The Run actress reveals that she is now looking for roles that can give her more opportunities to explore. She says, “Acting gives me creative satisfaction. I look at roles that I haven’t done as yet – the stories that would challenge me and work with directors who get the best out of me as a performer. My role should make a difference in the story. I am particular about the work I do. Once an actor, always an actor. I am looking at characters that will give me ample scope to perform.”
Talking about her personal life, Bhumika says, “I am a very private person. I have never been an over-the-top person. I understand there is a social media boom too. But I like to live and work at my own pace. I tend to strike a balance between personal and professional life.”
We wish her success on all fronts.