Managing to juggle Bollywood and South projects, the Rajathandhiram actress has her hands full.
After a year’s gap, Regina Cassandra is back in the Tamil industry and how. The actress is all set to appear in debutant director, Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Maanagaram, where she plays an HR professional alongside actors Sri and Sundeep, and Selvaraghavan’s horror flick Nenjam Marappathillai, where she essays the role of an orthodox Christian orphan. With her Telugu film (Jyo Achyutananda) releasing today, Cassandra’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 2 came to me very unexpectedly. Things work very differently over there (in Bollywood). They do believe in a high standard of fitness—everything is watched there (like how broad your shoulders are!). Something that we, here in the South, don’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 didn’t have the biggest offer or the biggest break. I believe in the journey. I need to experience ups and downs or I’ll never learn to respect the art. I don’t like thinking about ‘what ifs’. 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. I like to visualise the character—how she looks and dresses. At the end of the day, films are primarily a visual concept—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 isn’t everything.
I hate the gym. I just can’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 wouldn’t think twice. I love being outdoors Maanagaram is set for release next month.
— Lavanya Lakshminarayanan