Kiara Advani Has A Godmother In Telugu Cinema, And She’s Thrilled  About It


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!”

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