Tollywood isn’t an easy place : Rashmi Gautham


Rashmi-GautamRashmi Gautam who has been a part of the industry for longer than a decade. Having also worked in television, she knows it isn’t easy to make a mark. Soon to be seen in director Praveen Sattaru’s ‘Guntur Talkies’, she is kicked about it

Rashmi Gautam is visibly excited about being a part of director Praveen Sattaru’s ‘Guntur Talkies’ where she plays the lead role. “Why wouldn’t I be excited? He is a national award winning director and isn’t that a thing to be proud of,” she asks. She adds, “I should tell you I was a bit surprised that an achiever like him approached me because he could have cast someone else too. But he chose me and I am grateful for his trust in me.”

The film will see her costar with senior actor Naresh and Shraddha Das amongst a few others and Rashmi says the making of the film was a wonderful time thanks to all of them. “It wasn’t like work at all. We used to shoot and then sit and laugh around,” she shares.

What’s interesting about Rashmi is that despite being in the industry for more than a decade she has managed to earn recognition only very recently. “You are right. I think being an outsider from the industry, it’s not easy to get the right opportunities. Despite trying for the one odd chance, making your way here is tough. I did a wonderful film like ‘Prasthanam’ and yet the offers were elusive,” she explains.

Did that put her down at any point? “Not really. It’s true the offers weren’t as interesting as I’d like but they were there. I took up serials on television – but they were totally different from what you generally see. So I am glad I took up the best of what was offered to me. When I began anchoring for Jabardasth, my popularity reached another level.

I was and am very glad.” The showbiz is that of uncertainties, and when she began, not many families were encouraging of this career. “But my family was very supportive from the start. When I told them what I want to do, they were accepting and in fact encouraged me to go on and do it.”