If Kiara Advani who waded through a period of uncertainty in Bollywood, has found unexpected success in Telugu cinema it is because of Namrata Shirodkar, the wife of her first Telugu starrer Bharat Ane Nenu’s leading man Mahesh Babu
Sources close to Bharat Ane Nenu reveal it was Namrata who strongly recommended Kiara for her husband’s big political drama.
“They were thinking of several big names from Andhra. It was Namrata who saw pictures of Kiara ,and was immediately convinced Kiara had it in her .Namrata recommended her to the director and producer of Bharat Ane Nenu and even contacted Kiara on their behalf,” says the source.
Apparently Kiara was reluctant to go South.
“She was stuck on the ‘regional’ card, thinking once she moves out of Bollywood she’d be branded a regional actress. Namrataconvinced her that such demarcation between Bollywood and non-Bollywood cinema were rapidly disinrtegrating.Namrata also made sure Kiara was paid handsomely,” says the source.
Even before Bharat Ane Nenu was released, Kiara signed her second Telugu film, this time with another Telugu superstarRamcharan Teja, again courtesy Namrata.
Apparently Namrata introduced Kiara to Ramcharan and his team and recommended her strongly.
Now that Kiara’s career has taken off she is in the process of being considered for several other major Telugu films.
Says Kiara gratefully, “Namrata has been too kind.She and Mahesh Babu have been like family in Hyderabad… It’s still sinking in..This feeling is inexplicable.. extremely overwhelmed and I am thankful to the Telugu audience for giving me such a warm welcome and showing me with so much love and acceptance with my first film! A big Thank you to my director Siva sir and Maheshsir for having so much faith in me. The response has really charged me up and motivated me to work harder so I can keep this up and continue to entertain my audience and do better.”
Kiara now looks forward to her second Telugu release. “I have already shot for a day for my next film with Boyapati sir andRamcharan and the energy on the sets is infectious so I can’t wait to get back!”