Sana Makbul is a bundle of nerves ahead of her maiden Tollywood release, Dikkulu Choodaku Ramayya. Going by the nature of the role she's playing, it promises to be quite an offbeat first. The 2012 Miss India finalist is playing an aerobics trainer caught in a love triangle involving a father and son — played by Ajay and Naga Shaurya. Ask her who she will eventually fall for, and she quips, "You'll have to watch the movie for that."
Sana is quick to clarify that the film isn't going to be as shocking as the premise makes it out to be, saying, "It's a beautiful multi-layered story which revolves around four characters and how their relationship with each other evolves with time. It's going to be a new concept for Telugu audience and that's what got me excited in the first place. Right now, I'm really nervous about whether people will accept me or not and depending on that, I'll decide what to do next."
Sharing her experience of working with her co-stars Sana says, "Naga Shaurya is an amazing co-star and I had a blast shooting with Ajay as well. In fact, Ajay came to my rescue most of the times when Koti (director) had to explain a scene to me." Unfamiliar with Telugu, the actress admits shooting was a big challenge. "Language is a big barrier and since I don't speak Telugu, Koti and I used to converse in sign language. Thankfully, I understood his vision and my co-star Ajay helped me a lot to understand what I was supposed to do," she recalls.
Talking more about how she got the offer, she recalls meeting producer Sai Korrapati in Mumbai, who convinced her that she would suit the role of an aerobics trainer in this new age romantic drama. "I was supposed to act in another film under Sai garu's production. But he was convinced that I would be the perfect fit for this film. I guess I was destined to debut in Tollywood," she says.
The actress has, quite understandably, taken an immense liking to the entire team at Vaarahi Chalana Chitram banner, which had earlier produced blockbusters like Eega and Legend. "Honestly, I feel at home here and I really missed talking to Koti and Sai when I didn't have a shoot. They pampered me a lot on the sets and Sai garu made sure I got what I wanted. I guess it also helped that I was the youngest girl on the set," Sana laughs.
Dikkulu Choodaku Ramayya, jointly produced by Sai Korrapati and Rajani Korrapati under Vaarahi Chalana Chitram, is releasing today.