Actress Kristina Akheeva, who was last seen in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, says forthcoming Telugu romantic-drama Gaalipatam will present her in an avatar audiences have not seen her in so far.
In an interview to IANS, Kristina Akheeva gushed her excitement
over Gaalipatam. The actress said, "I really liked the
story. Although I play a modern Telugu girl from abroad, it has a
lot of scope for performance. It has unleashed the actor in me and
the film is mostly based on emotions and acting."
Kristina Akheeva said, "I may still appear glamorous in the
film, but the role has given me the opportunity to really act. The
story is very progressive, bold and has not been attempted before
in the language. It's not a typical love story that has been redone
a million times."
Kristina feels nerve-wrecking about audiences' response to her
Telugu debut, but she hopes people will accept her. Although
Akheeva is a newcomer to the filmdom, she says she never felt
discriminated. She said, "I've been extremely lucky and everybody
I've worked with has accepted me. People are ready to give me a lot
of time to understand and prepare, especially the dialogues, since
I don't know the language. I always felt welcomed," she
But Kristina believes that it's one's attitude that eventually
will earn him or her respect. She added, "You need to have the
right attitude to be treated well. When I come to the sets, I'm
extremely passionate about the work I do. I try to be really happy
and warm with everyone. When people feel that vibe around me, they
don't mind spending extra time to help me."
Gaalipatam, which is directed by Naveen
Gandhi, also features Aadi Pudipeddi and Erica Fernandes in
important roles. It releases Friday in cinemas. She said, "Working
with a young team was a lot of fun. We all ended up being good
friends. At the moment, they are on a promotional tour and I regret
not being part of it as I'm busy shooting for my Kannada
Kristina is currently shooting for Uppi 2 with Upendra. She says she never aspires to
play certain roles but once when asked in an interview, she said
she would "love to play a village belle". She was laughed at for
the response but in "Uppi 2", she's actually playing a village
She said, "I play an Indian girl in a village in my Kannada
debut. We are shooting in a village and I've proved all those who
laughed at me wrong. The reason I love playing these roles is
because they are not going to come to me easy." She added, "I need
to put a lot of time and effort to pull off this role. I don't want
to always be playing a foreign girl. Challenging roles excite
Kristina hasn't signed any new projects. She said, "I first wants "my Telugu film to release and see how I'm being accepted by people here."