Actor Rakul Preet Singh says things work differently in the south cinema where you don’t go out asking for work.
In the last two-three years, I’ve been making choices, like say, if I can take time off from here. I’m at a stage where I could do that. Initially, you can’t sit back and wait for the second film to happen. RAKUL PREET SINGH ACTOR
Yaariyan (2014), Aiyaary (2018), and this year’s De De Pyaar De — actor Rakul Preet Singh is upping the ante with every film. She’s already a star in the south film industry, where her career began with the Kannada film Gilli (2009).
And, over time, her criteria to choose a film has undergone a sea change. “Initially, I don’t know what people say, but there is no criteria. You don’t know anything, you aren’t too aware of what’s happening. You go by, ‘Am I getting big directors/actors/production house?’ Visibility is what I wanted. Only after four-five films did I realise what is the kind of work I enjoy,” she says.
The 28-year-old admits that in the beginning of a film career, one isn’t aware of what one likes. “Secondly, you don’t have that choice; you choose from what you get. In the last two-three years, I’ve been making choices, like say, if I can take time off from here. I’m at a stage where I could do that. Initially, you can’t sit back and wait for the second film to happen,” she adds.
Artists maintain that Hindi and south film industries are the same. But, Rakul reveals, “When you aren’t from the industry, it takes a while to understand the business.” Is this in terms with the fact that in Bollywood, it’s said that you have to socialise to be noticed by the filmmakers? Rakul clarifies, “In the south, I haven’t even made a call, ever. My manager did everything…”
So is it more professional? “It’s not about ‘professional’,” she says, adding, “Going to parties isn’t unprofessional. It’s just a different way of working. The old-school managers, they do the talking. It’s how it used to be in the 1980s-90s Hindi cinema. Both industries are equally professional [and] the new age actors are punctual.”