Actress Aishwarya Rajesh, who has clearly created a space for herself in the South Indian film industry, is in the mood to dispel some misconceptions.
The actress has clarified that she has nothing but profound admiration for actress Rashmika Mandanna’s work in the pan-Indian blockbuster film, Pushpa (2021).
Aishwarya Rajesh’s clarification, in the form of a statement she issued, came in the wake of speculation as to whether the actress, in an interview, had dismissed Rashmika’s work in Pushpa.
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She said, “I was asked in a recent interview about the roles I want to do in Telugu cinema.”
“I replied that I like the Telugu film industry a lot and that I would certainly do Telugu films if I got roles that were to my liking. To cite an example, I said I liked the character of Srivalli in Pushpa a lot”, as she felt such characters would suit her, she said in her statement.
“However, unfortunately, my statement seems to have been misconstrued; it is being reported in such a fashion as to give an impression that I was disparaging the fantastic work of actress Rashmika Mandanna in the film,” she added.
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Stating that she wished to clear the ensuing confusion, Aishwarya Rajesh clarified that she had nothing but profound admiration for Rashmika’s work in the film.
She also added that she had immense respect for all her fellow actors and actresses.
Requesting those peddling the rumours to stop speculating, the actress urged people not to attribute malicious motives to a simple statement that she had made while trying to explain the roles which she thought were suited for her.
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Characters with substance
The actress, has had a series of releases in Tamil, beginning with Run Baby Run (2023), Driver Jamuna (2022), Soppana Sundari (2023), The Great Indian Kitchen (2021) and Farhana (2023), in the last five months.
Aishwarya Rajesh is known to pick characters with substance.
While she played a medical college student in Run Baby Run, she played a cab driver in Driver Jamuna. In Soppana Sundari she plays the role of a salesgirl in a jewellery store.
She essayed the role of a housewife in The Great Indian Kitchen. In her latest release Farhana, she plays a working Muslim woman with three children.
However, director Nelson Venkatesan’s Farhana, which was released last week, is mired in controversy, with some Muslim organisations taking exception to the film and calling it “anti-Islamic”.