I was stupid at handling things publicly, but I was never wrong: Anasuya Bharadwaj

Anasuya Bharadwaj talks about handling social media negativity, playing bold characters, and her upcoming film 'Peddha Kapu: Part 1'.

ByPrakash Pecheti

Published Sep 22, 2023 | 10:26 AM Updated Sep 22, 2023 | 10:26 AM

Anasuya Bharadwaj

Television anchor-turned-actress Anasuya Bharadwaj has confessed that she has been imbecile at handling things publicly.

“Let me be honest. I’ve been stupid when it comes to being in public and talking about various things. But I was never wrong,” she ascertained.

“I am not a person who sits quietly and takes the blame. I was probably lacking the intelligence to respond to things at the right time and in the right way with the right choice of words,” Anasuya Bharadwaj maintained while attributing the statement to trolls and social media negativity.

She was addressing the media on Thursday, 21 September, on the sidelines of her upcoming movie Peddha Kapu: Part 1. A period action drama directed by Srikanth Addala, it is scheduled for release on 29 September.

The movie features Virat Karrna, Pragati Srivastava, Rao Ramesh, and Tanikella Bharani in key roles. Director Addala will be seen in a negative role.

It is produced by Miryala Ravinder Reddy. Mickey J Meyer is the music composer. Chota K Naidu is the cinematographer.

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Bitten by the acting bug 

Anasuya Bharadhwaj speaks about being bitten by acting bug

Anasuya Bharadhwaj is popular for her role — Rangamatta in ‘Rangasthalam’. (Supplied)

Having made herself through the film industry, Anasuya Bharadwaj says she wants to do different characters that have good weight.

However, she admits that Rangamatta in Ram Charan’s Rangasthalam (2018) is the most impactful of all. “I’ve been trying hard since then to deliver something impactful. But Rangamatta was deeply etched in the minds of audiences.”

She added, “I’ve done Dakshayani in Pushpa (2021), which was very intense and intimidating. Character Sumathi has a different emotional arc in Vimanam (2023).”

The anchor-turned-actor says her role in Peddha Kapu is completely different than her previous one. “Not just me, every other woman character in the film got equal meat.”

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On being bold 

Asked if she would take up bold characters like the one she played in Vimanam, Anasuya Bharadwaj replied, “It is just about the approach. The term boldness differs from different cultures. Wearing different clothing reflects your opinions and choices. A woman wearing a tube is normal fashion in the USA, but is bold in India.”

She also cited an example to corroborate her statement.

“I’m married to a man from Bihar whose culture is quite a contrast to what we see in South India. The North Indian women would cover their faces even while having lunch. Initially, I used to find it tough. So, if I portray the role of a sex worker, she must have a backstory.”

Divulging more insights into her married life, Anasuya Bharadwaj said she didn’t know that her husband, with whom she had been in a live-in relationship for almost eight years, was a Brahmin until their wedding cards were printed.

“All those years, we shared many innumerable things in our lives, but we never discussed our caste. So strange,” she signed off.

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