Rukmini’s portrayal of Sapta Sagaradaache Ello’s Priya has won over a lot of hearts and social media has been abuzz with how good she is as an artiste
Rukmini Vasanth has had a very packed and extremely hectic schedule since the promotions of Sapta Sagaradaache Ello Side A began in August. After several promotional interviews, the team went on Karnataka tour to meet-and-greet audiences, during which time Rukmini had to also find time and attend events for her film Baanadariyalli, as well as for a shoot schedule of her Vijay Sethupathi project. Then began the promotions of Sapta Sagaralu Dhaati Side A, the Telugu dubbed version of Sapta Sagaradaacche Ello Side A, followed by more Baanadariyalli interviews. By the time we caught up with the actress, her vocal chords had begun protesting. “Emotionally, I am in a great place, but physically, my throat has begun giving me a little bit of trouble. But that’s okay, because I love talking about my films, so I have been doing it relentlessly,” says Rukmini.
Sapta Sagaradaache Ello, of course, has worked wonders for the actress. Her performance has been widely appreciated by audiences both in theatres and now on OTT and she is even being called Karnataka’s crush. And all of this has happened in the span of a month, where she went from being a one-film old actress to becoming most talked about. “Honestly, I have not had time to clock in any changes. The last couple of months are not at all representative of my normal life. I’ve not had time to do any of the things I would usually do, including my workout routine; I’ve just not had time. I was either promoting my films or shooting – these are all amazing things and part of the work, but I have no reference point to any of this. I have not been able to go and watch a movie in theatres, which was part of my routine to catch whatever is playing at the time. I’ve not gone to a mall or for a walk around Sankey Tank,” she says.
Going to a mall or taking a stroll in her neighbourhood may not be as easy as it used to be, what with all the adulation coming her way. “I don’t know yet, but I will probably figure out soon. See, there is a certain amount of validation you receive in being recognised. Of course, nobody wants to be hounded, but when someone recognizes you and says I liked your film, that’s something every actor aspires to and I am no different in that sense. Especially after not having worked for such a long time, the idea that people seek me out and say that they liked my film or are looking forward to something else is great. But in the time since my life changed this much; I have not had time to go anywhere. I am not sure how much life has changed. I’m still in this promotion and shoot bubble. Am sure that time will come soon, when I will know first hand how different things are now,” she says with a smile.
But did the team of Sapta Sagaradaache Ello expect this kind of a warm response? “I don’t think expectation is the right word, but we all hoped for it because as we were shooting for the film, we realized that something magical was happening. That happens when everyone puts in their energy to the best of their ability. Everyone was constantly extending his or her self for this project and it was not as simple as the hours that we spent working on it, but it was the kind of thought and the way this film consumed each person in their own area of expertise,” says Rukmini.