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Actress Flora Asha Saini talks about her upcoming movies and compares the industry in the North and South

With three upcoming films, actress Flora Asha Saini wants to do character-based roles. The 34-year-old has no qualms in admitting, “I know I am being selective. I want to do roles that catch everybody’s attention. I want to get noticed and be different.” The actress essays a tribal role in Dhanak, her second film with Nagesh Kukunoor and in Guddu Ki Gun with Kunal Khemu, she plays the role of a South Indian with a strong accent, in West Bengal. “She is the only one in the movie  with an unusual accent, so her role is bound to have an impact,”Saini insists. As for working with an edgy director like Kukunoor, she says, “With him you unlearn everything. It is like a school and he teaches you to be as natural as possible. For the intense and hard-hitting film, Lakshmi, I had to repeat a couple of shots only because he wanted me to go natural. All the over acting that is needed in the Telugu industry has to be cut down completely for him. He didn’t want even an extra smile or an eye roll in any of the scenes,” shares the actress.
Southern connect
Having worked in Telugu, Tamil and the Kannada film industries, the actress is not new to the South. A huge fan of Suriya, she shares, “I watched his film Kaakha Kaakha when it released in a small theatre in Mumbai and fell in love with him, only to discover that he was dating this beautiful actress called Jyothika. I was blown by their chemistry and fantastic acting.” Comparing the South to the North, Saini says the former is very professional. According to her, the production houses, here reveal the schedule even for the next couple of months, but for that to happen in Bollywood is a rarity. ‘‘Coming from an army background, I give a lot of importance to punctuality.  Here, everything is very organised unlike Bollywood, where stars for some reason come in late and are always distracted. They have so many events to attend and they have to be everywhere. That is not the case in the South. Even the biggest of stars are perfectly on time for their shot,” she  says. The actress who is a frequent visitor to Chennai, feels that Bollywood makes every film grander and larger. ‘‘The sets are extravagant, and it gets a larger-than- life feel,” says Saini, who admits to leading a satisfied life. “I haven’t completed my graduation and I wish I had done that. But the little money I get through filmmaking is good and it has also earned me a lot of appreciation. So far so good.”
Guddu Ki Gun is scheduled to release
this year.
— Mrinalini Sundar

With three upcoming films, actress Flora Asha Saini wants to do character-based roles. The 34-year-old has no qualms in admitting, “I know I am being selective. I want to do roles that catch everybody’s attention. I want to get noticed and be different.” The actress essays a tribal role in Dhanak, her second film with Nagesh Kukunoor and in Guddu Ki Gun with Kunal Khemu, she plays the role of a South Indian with a strong accent, in West Bengal. “She is the only one in the movie  with an unusual accent, so her role is bound to have an impact,”Saini insists. As for working with an edgy director like Kukunoor, she says, “With him you unlearn everything. It is like a school and he teaches you to be as natural as possible. For the intense and hard-hitting film, Lakshmi, I had to repeat a couple of shots only because he wanted me to go natural. All the over acting that is needed in the Telugu industry has to be cut down completely for him. He didn’t want even an extra smile or an eye roll in any of the scenes,” shares the actress.
Southern connect
Having worked in Telugu, Tamil and the Kannada film industries, the actress is not new to the South. A huge fan of Suriya, she shares, “I watched his film Kaakha Kaakha when it released in a small theatre in Mumbai and fell in love with him, only to discover that he was dating this beautiful actress called Jyothika. I was blown by their chemistry and fantastic acting.” Comparing the South to the North, Saini says the former is very professional. According to her, the production houses, here reveal the schedule even for the next couple of months, but for that to happen in Bollywood is a rarity. ‘‘Coming from an army background, I give a lot of importance to punctuality.  Here, everything is very organised unlike Bollywood, where stars for some reason come in late and are always distracted. They have so many events to attend and they have to be everywhere. That is not the case in the South. Even the biggest of stars are perfectly on time for their shot,” she  says. The actress who is a frequent visitor to Chennai, feels that Bollywood makes every film grander and larger. ‘‘The sets are extravagant, and it gets a larger-than- life feel,” says Saini, who admits to leading a satisfied life. “I haven’t completed my graduation and I wish I had done that. But the little money I get through filmmaking is good and it has also earned me a lot of appreciation. So far so good.”
Guddu Ki Gun is scheduled to release
this year.
— Mrinalini Sundar

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