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    Managing to juggle Bollywood and South projects, the Rajathandhiram actress has her hands full.

    After a yeara��s gap, Regina Cassandra is back in the Tamil industry and how. The actress is all set to appear in debutant director, Lokesh Kanagaraja��sA�Maanagaram, where she plays an HR professional alongside actors Sri and Sundeep, and Selvaraghavana��s horror flickA�Nenjam Marappathillai, where she essays the role of an orthodox Christian orphan. With her Telugu film (Jyo Achyutananda)A� releasing today, Cassandraa��s future projects include three movies with Rana Daggubati, Udhayanidhi Stalin and Atharvaa, respectively. The 27- year-old actress, whose Bollywood debut is with big names like Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor and Arjun Rampal, speaks about her forthcoming projects, the pressure of Mumbai and more.
    Aankhein 2A�came to me very unexpectedly.A�Things work very differently over there (in Bollywood). They do believe in a high standard of fitnessa��everything is watched there (like how broad your shoulders are!).A� Something that we, here in the South, dona��t take so seriously. Not everyone survives an industry like Bollywood. The stories are intimidating, but I am looking forward to testing those waters.
    It was never the perfect start for me. I didna��t have the biggest offer or the biggest break. I believe in the journey. I need to experience ups and downs or Ia��ll never learn to respect the art. I dona��t like thinking about a�?what ifsa��. Might as well try it out and see if a genre or a role works for you or not and decide for yourself.
    I work a lot on visualisation.A�I like to visualise the charactera��how she looks and dresses. At the end of the day, films are primarily a visual concepta��you remember what you see on screen so I make sure I look the character. More than anything else, I spend time on set because the environment there puts you in character. Homework isna��t everything.
    I hate the gym. I just cana��t work out there. If you give me a terrace, I am set with my yoga mat, my skipping rope and my body. If I ever get an opportunity to do a show or a web series where I just get to travel and engage in activities or adventure sports, I wouldna��t think twice. I love being outdoors Maanagaram is set for release next month.

    a�� Lavanya Lakshminarayanan


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