Just 16 years old and Hansika Motwani is already a leading lady in Bollywood. Going by her performance in Aap Ka Suroor - The Real Love Story, the teenager comes across as a mature young lady raring to give other actresses a run for their money. Here's her take on how her career is shaping up.
How was your experience on the sets of Aap Ka Suroor?
It was wonderful. We shot most of the film in Germany. The only thing that bothered me was the cold.
How was it working opposite Himesh Reshammiya?
Wonderful again. I felt comfortable shooting with him.
Do you like Himesh with the cap on or without it?
Well..., I would say he looks good both ways.
Would you rate Himesh a better actor or singer?
I have always been a fan of his singing. Now he has proved that he is a good actor too.
You were already doing well in your career. Why did you approach a numerologist and change the spelling of you name?
A. Himesh advised me to change my name's spelling from Hansika to Hannsikaa. He has said that my career graph would climb better than the way it has till now. And you can see that my debut as a heroine has made an impact. I am flooded with offers. Himesh himself is a good astrologer and numerologist.
You have acted in lot of serials in the past. Would we ever see Hannsikaa back on television again?
I have loved acting in both media -- television and cinema. I can't tell you about the future but as of now, I would be concentrating only on films.
What are the things you look for before signing a film?
A. Of course, that my role be central in the film. As for Aap Ka Suroor, I was sure that Himesh would definitely make a good film.
You have been lucky to have worked both in the south, as well as in Bollywood. It's said that the southern industry is much more organized. Your take on that..
No doubt, the southern industry is much more organized. But I am comfortable working in Bollywood. It feels near to home and my own people. My mom has always helped me lead a disciplined life so I always make sure that I fulfill my commitments on time. Even our Aap Ka Suroor team was very organized and we completed the film in three-four months.
Child artistes are fairing well in the box office when they grow up. Kunal Khemu and now you are good examples. Does being a child artiste work in one's favour?
Yeah, it does help as you are not new to facing the camera. But even then you have to prove your talent as an actor.
What according to you is good cinema?
I am very small to judge cinema. I am still on the learning curve.
What are the other projects you are working on?
Plenty of them are coming up. But it would be too early for me to speak about them. Let them be surprises for the audiences.