Tanya Hope
Tanya Hope

Tanya Hope, who is making her debut with ‘Appatlo Okadundevadu,’ which  is based on real events that unfolded between the years 1992 and 1996 in Hyderabad, promises that despite the presence of Nara Rohith, Sri Vishnu and Brahmaji in the film, she is central to the plot. “I play Nithya, a small-town girl who is fiercely independent and gets what she wants. Sri Vishnu essays the role of an aspiring cricketer who gets into underworld and I’m instrumental in that process,” she informs.

Recalling how she bagged the actioner, she shares, “Two months after I participated in the Miss India pageant, Vishnu and director Saagar K Chandra, impressed by my pictures, approached me to feature in the film. Later I flew down to Hyderabad and did an audition. They liked it and I was on board within no time.

Was she required to prep for the part? “Saagar didn’t want me to over prepare as he felt it would look unreal.  Since a real story is being narrated, he wanted me to be spontaneous. After I was given the briefing of a scene, I would memorise the dialogues with the help of a recorder. It was only after seeing the footage that I understood why he was opposed to prep,” insists Tanya.

Sri Vishnu is known to be shy when it comes to bonding with actresses on sets. Did that made her feel lonely? “I was like Vishnu in school mostly remaining to myself, so I could relate to him. He is very shy; he comes, enacts a scene and simply retires to a serene place. It was never a problem to me. But I managed to strike a good bond with the spot boy and my make-up artiste,” she says, smiling.

Tanya, who pursued International Relations from London University, is happy that she is debuting with a film, which is not in the zone of the typical Tollywood film. “As soon as I was narrated the script, I was sure that it needed my complete attention. Since it was set in the 90s, the requirement was not just a good-looking girl but someone who can perform. There were scenes, which required me to cry for real. Although the role was challenging, it was a newcomer’s delight.”