With Ka Ka Ka Po readying for release, Sakshi Agarwal talks about her journey to stardom and fighting in a sari.
FROM a top job at Infosys to acting in films, “it has been quite random” and unplanned for Sakshi Agarwal. Born in Nainital and brought up in Chennai, this Marwari girl has degrees in engineering and MBA to her name. But then a stint on the ramp for a fashion show in Bengaluru (while at her first job at Infosys, in 2012), changed her career graph for good. “I didn’t even know how to walk the ramp, but it was a great opportunity and I did it because I really wanted to try something different,” shares Agarwal, who went on to model extensively before she entered the film industry. The college gold medallist, who debuted with the Kannada film Software Ganda (2012), is now gearing up for the release of her fourth Tamil film, Ka Ka Ka Po, while a fifth, Brahma.com, is in the pipeline.
Kavitha Kannadasan Kadhalikka Porange (Ka Ka Ka Po) is a comedy fantasy that happens over two days and revolves around “that first kiss”. The 25-year-old will also be doing a few action sequences in it. “I am the only one who has a fight scene—with another girl. It was complicated because I had to wear a sari. I did a lot of training with master Vijay Thangam for it. I have to use a choy, a martial arts instrument, and so had to learn to master it,” says Agarwal, who chooses scripts based on a good cast and crew and a great story that gives her both visibility and scope to perform. “My ‘round A’—where I wanted to experiment with movies and genres—is over. Now it’s ‘round B’, where I want to add value to myself and learn from every department of cinema—be it camera or sound or production,” says Agarwal, who has acted in Yoogan, a horror-thriller, Thrittu VCD, a comedy, and Adhyan, an action-comedy. Next she’d like to do the role of a village girl or an action-packed one like Angelina Jolie’s in Tomb Raider.
A fan of director Mani Ratnam and his movies—especially how he portrays emotions—she also likes AR Murgadoss’ technical competence. A fitness enthusiast, Agarwal, who attended Shiamak Davar’s classes in Mumbai a few years ago, says, “For me being fit means being healthy and eating right. I don’t believe in crash diets. I love dancing and that’s my best stress buster.” Picking Iraivi as a recent favourite, she says she would love to do a movie that is heroine centric.
Ka Ka Ka Po releases today.