Pooja Hegde sure has had one of the busiest years of her career, with massive projects like ‘Radhe Shyam’, ‘Beast’ and ‘Acharya’ all lined up this year. Despite the big budget and an outstanding cast, the film quite underperformed at the box office and had an overall lukewarm response from the audience. You know it’s difficult for an actor to process such lows in their career, more so when they’re at the peak of their career, but Pooja has a way to deal with it.
The actress was recently asked in an interview regarding her latest film’s hitting lows and how she’s keeping up with it. She revealed how she has a unique way of looking at failures. She said, “I think it’s part of the game. I have had six back-to-back blockbuster films and I’m so grateful for that because that’s so rare to have. Six of my films in a row have done phenomenally well. Every film has its own destiny. If I start taking my blockbuster hits seriously, then I’m going to have to take the ones that don’t do well seriously. Do I doubt my instincts? No, not at all,”
She further continued, “I know why I did each film. I did Radhe Shyam because it was a meaty role, it was something I knew I would be able to perform. I hope filmmakers across the world saw it and thought: Okay, she was good in the film. Maybe with a good director, we could use her in a certain way. We’ve seen her dance, we’ve seen her being glam, but was she real when she was supposed to be? Did she do one scene truthfully? I hope that happens. I did that film because I was getting the opportunity to play a role that was interesting for the woman in a commercial film” she said.
Talking about her experience of working with South superstar Vijay in Beast, she shared, “Beast was so much fun to shoot. I think Nelson is such a good director – I loved Doctor. He’s amazing and has such a unique voice and I would love to work with him again. The song ‘Arabic Kuthu’ gave me so much. It made little children come up to me and they’d say they loved it. At the end of the day, we’re entertainers. I like bringing a smile to people’s faces. I like when they put on my music and dance. Even people in Africa were doing it! I was watching all these reels. That’s the power of music.”
Despite the failure of Radhe Shyam, Pooja is relieved that she was able to give her best performance in the film for which she received good remarks from critics. “I don’t sit at the edit table, I am just the actor. As long as I am giving my best to the film, that’s what matters to me. I’m glad the reviews of my performance in Radhe Shyam, in terms of what I could give to the film, were good” she said.
Right now, the actress has several big projects in her kettle, the biggest one being ‘Cirkus’ alongside Ranveer Singh.