Her debut Hindi film, Himmatwala may have been a box office disaster but that hasn’t discouraged Tamannaah a bit as she bagged not just one but two promising films later – Humshakals and Entertainment with Saif Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar respectively. Even though she is a well known name down South and has been in the industry for a long time, Bollywood is relatively new for her. Talking to Bollywood Celebden, the gorgeous and talented Tamannaah talks about her upcoming family entertainer, Entertainment, directed by Sajid Farhad and produced by Ramesh Taurani (Tips) and Jayantilal Gada (Pen) and working with Akshay and her bonding with the dog Junior. Excerpts:
Looks like Himmatwala’s debacle has benefited only you as you bagged two big banner films after that – Humshakals and Entertainment…
I think Himmatwala changed the game for me. Success and failure is not in anyone’s hands. Fortunately, I bagged two big banner films after Himmatwala and I’m happy. An actor’s job is to work and there’s no control over people’s reactions. I’m sure Sajid Khan didn’t make Himmatwala with the intention that it’s not going to work. Sometimes films work, sometimes it doesn’t.
2014 has been a good year. So what are your expectations?
I’m looking forward to Entertainment. It’s a special film in different ways. After working with Junior – the dog in the movie, I got my first pet. The movie changed my perception of pets and also that its Sajid Farhad’s debut film as directors. It’s special that you work with debutant directors who are extremely organized and focused. They have a huge volume of work as writers. They managed to give the movie fresh, youthful look. It’s a perfect film for family and kids are going to love it.
How was your equation with your dog?
Oh, he’s my great stress buster. Initially, when Sajid Farhad narrated the story and told me that dog’s name is Entertainment I couldn’t believe them. I wonder what they are going to do with the film. I’ve always liked dogs but my parents never allowed having pets at home. It was lovely working with the four year old golden retriever, Junior who’s a trained dog.
How was it working with Akshay Kumar?
He’s an extremely disciplined person and a brilliant actor. I guess his super stardom comes from the fact that he has followed a disciplined lifestyle for several years and he’s extremely dedicated to his craft. As an actor he’s attempting different work and has not become monotonous doing same kind of work. I’ve not seen anybody like him. It’s rare to see people so persistent and driven. Having worked with him, I’ve taken back a lot.
Akshay is known as a big prankster. How was your experience?
He did lot of tricks on me. Once he put two eggs under my seat but then I was saved as someone informed me before I sat on the chair. People don’t call him khiladi for nothing. While shooting for a song, I had to lean backwards and need to have a free fall and Akshay was supposed to hold me in his arms. He did it so effortlessly.
Recently, Saif had admitted in an interview that he knew Humshakals is not going to work at box office. Do you feel the same?
To each his own. Everyone has got their own perception and judgment. I really enjoyed working with Sajid again in Humshakals. I don’t regret doing Humshakals. After the film is released, audience and critics gives their opinion. I’m glad that I was project well and was given good screen space.
So would you work with Sajid again if he offered you a film?
I would definitely love to be part of Sajid Khan’s film. After doing similar genre films, I would like to attempt something different and not do the same thing.
So what’s happening in South?
I’m doing three promising films. One is Adadu with Mahesh Babu. Then there’s an epic drama Bahubali which will be released next year and a romantic comedy with Arya in Tamil.