Vishakha Singh who had earlier done several Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada movies, got her share of fame in Bollywood in director Ashutosh Gowarikar’s Khelein Hum Jee Jaan. She was also seen in movies like Fukrey and Ankur Arora Murder Case. Now, it’s been confirmed that Vishaka will be making her Mollywood debut with director Rajesh Pillai in his upcoming directorial venture.
Talking about her journey in the film industry, Vishakha said, “It’s been a very unplanned and eclectic journey. I wanted to be a teacher. I did my post graduation in advertising and public relations. The best part of being in the entertainment industry is that everyday is a new day and it brings surprise packages everyday. I love taking risks.”
She further adds, “I was born and spent my schooling years in Abu Dhabi. I did my college in Delhi. My parents were shocked when I chose to be an actor, but they were supportive. With no film background, it was not easy for them to accept this.”
In 2003, Vishakha had even auditioned for a role in Swadesh, but she was turned down as she looked too young for the role at that time. Vishakha had started her career with modelling and then took up couple of films in the Southern Film Industry.
When questioned about how it felt to work with directors like Ashutosh Gowarikar? she said, “I have good memories. I was a newcomer, but my idea was always taken into consideration. Ashutosh has a very democratic way of working.”
She even told us that how she was flattered when she was recently approached by some fans in a mall post Fukrey. Not just her, even her father was pleased to see that. But more than anything, she takes “pride in being associated with people of great repute.”
Vishakha feels, “Actors need to be educated. It gives you a perspective. What you absorb in life, you show it in your acting. It’s very important to have your back up plan.”
She avers “These are exciting time to be in the film industry. New ideas are being welcomed. Small budget Indian films are coming up in a big way.”
When asked if she found it tough ro make a mark in film industry considering that she’s not from a filmy background.. She said “In the end, it’s about talent and hard work. Film pedigree does not give you success at the BO. For every Sushant Singh Rajput, there are two star son actors who are out of work.”
She even spoke about how she was happy the way things have turned out for her in other film industries as well haring her experiences, she says, “I really work hard, I mug up my lines. I really work hard. South is what keeps me busy. As they say, rolling stone gathers no moss.”
So, what are her interests? “I love reading, travelling and writing short stories for children. I am the most non-ambitious person, but I know what I don’t want.”