"I have waited for long for a Hindi film offer. I have got it at last," says Karnataka-born Lakshmi Rai, who plays the role of a Punjabi girl in the upcoming Bollywood film Hey Gujju opposite singer-actor Himesh Reshammiya, directed by Satish Kaushik.
"Bagging this Hindi film is the best thing that has happened in my career. Since Himesh is the hero, I'm sure the film will be well publicized and will be a huge project," said a delighted Lakshmi, who made her presence felt in Malayalam and Kannada cinema opposite top stars like Mohanlal and Mammootty.
Lakshmi said that she was able to receive this offer only because she looks like a Punjabi girl. "Since many of my classmates at college were Punjabis, I am quite familiar with the way they dress, talk, walk and so on. I have projected a glamorous image in the song sequences which have been shot in grand sets in Mumbai. I am now receiving some more Hindi film offers."
However, the actress assures that despite stepping into Bollywood, she would continue to act in films down South. "Signing a Hindi film does not mean that I will not be part of South Indian films. I am looking forward to the release of my two Tamil films Dhaam Dhoom in which I am paired with Jeyam Ravi, and Muthirai with Nithin Sathya and Daniel Balaji. I have decided to accept good Tamil projects in future as well," said Lakshmi.
The young actress made her foray into Kannada films recently with Snehana Preethina opposite Darshan. Her second Kannada film, Minchina Ota with Vijaya Raghavendra and his brother Murali, has evoked mixed response.