Actor Regina Cassandra, who is making her Bollywood debut with filmmaker Anees Bazmee’s “Aankhen 2”, says it’s an achievement for any southern actress to make it to Hindi filmdom.
“For most southern actresses, entry to Bollywood is their ultimate dream. It’s considered a big feat because it’s a bigger platform and the reach is wide. I never expected to be making my Bollywood debut on such a big platform,” Regina said, describing the whole process of being signed on for the project as an “out of the blue” moment.
“I was in Mumbai to audition for another film and my pictures got circulated. A week later, I got a call from an agency and I was told that the makers of ‘Aankhen 2’, impressed by my pictures, wanted to meet me. I hopped on a flight to Mumbai, went and met the producer, heard the story and I was signed on within a day,” she said, adding she had to do a photo shoot instead of an audition.
In the film, Regina will be playing a character with two shades, both positive as well as negative.
“I’m not completely alien to the language. I can talk pretty well in Hindi, but I might have a south accent. Although I haven’t had the opportunity to speak in Hindi all these years, I want to converse in the language as much as possible now,” she said.
Having signed three Tamil projects in the last couple of months, Regina doesn’t like to believe she’s on a signing spree.
Regina currently awaits the release of Tamil horror-thriller “Nenjam Marappathillai”, and she has also started working on Telugu film “Nakshatram”.