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Anushka Shetty opens up on Miss Shetty Mr Polishetty, Malayalam debut with Kathanar

The Bhaagamathie actress talks of her comeback film in Telugu, how she feels it’s the right time to experiment

Anushka Shetty opens up on Miss Shetty Mr Polishetty, Malayalam debut with Kathanar
Anushka Shetty
  • Srivathsan Nadadhur

Last Updated: 07.25 AM, Sep 05, 2023


Anushka Shetty, who has distanced herself from spotlight post the release of her thriller Bhaagamathie, made her OTT debut with Nisabdham in 2020. Nearly five years after her previous theatrical release, she is joining forces with Naveen Polishetty for Miss Shetty Mr Polishetty, a light-hearted rom-com directed by P Mahesh Babu. The film, produced by UV Creations, hits screens this Thursday.

In an interview with The Hindu, she stated that the entire team at UV Creations is nervous about the result. She opines they have made a beautiful film but admits how audience’s verdict matters more than anything else. The story revolves around a stand-up comic and a chef who have a contrasting outlook towards relationships, marriage and other aspects.


Miss Shetty Mr Polishetty tells a simple story but the actress shares the simplest of stories can be tough to narrate. Unlike thrillers/historical period drama that rely on the big canvas, stories like Miss Shetty.. demand artistes to look within and not go overboard/underplay their parts, she adds. Anushka mentions Anvita is a girl that any woman in the theatre could identify with.

The film’s director P Mahesh Babu met Anushka and narrated the story in 2019 through a common friend. She said yes almost immediately, appreciated its exploration of emotional layers with a fun exterior, and had questions about the casting. Anushka mentioned that the time was ripe for her to try something different and that cinema's language barriers had blurred.

Opening up on the Rojin Thomas directorial Kathanar, the actress says she genuinely liked the story and that she is now open to acting in any language. The Arundhati actress had watched the director’s previous film Home and ‘loved’ it. The filmmaker had approached her after that and she was more happy to come on board.