Guwahati: Sobhita Dhulipala is a name that many millennialS and people from Gen-Z’s can directly relate to. A fashion icon to an actor and now an OTT (over the top) sensation, she has starred as one of the leads in Amazon Prime’s original series, Made in Heaven.
Giving back-to-back stellar performances, both on the silver screen and on the digital space, this girl from Andhra Pradesh has an extraordinary talent that can be seen in her targeted performances like Raman Raghav 2.0, Kalakaandi and also the Telugu action-spy movie Goodachari.
EastMojo had the opportunity to have a conversation with the actress who was in Guwahati as part of the 7th Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival on Friday.
Edited excerpts from an exclusive interview:
Is this your first visit to the Northeast?
I have come here before when I was backpacking and traveling. But for work or for cinema-related activities, this is the first time.
From Raman Raghav 2.0 to Kaalakaandi to even Goodachari, your characters are quite layered? Is that something you are naturally drawn to?
Maybe or maybe. I end up layering those characters with a bit more things than what is on the script because I feel people are not black and white and nobody is. There is a certain greyness in terms of emotion. Every person goes through anger, desire, jealousy, joy. So I think it’s nice to have characters that represent a little bit of those things.
We have also heard that you are an avid lover of poetry and that you have even penned down a few. So can you tell us a favourite line from one of your poems that you have composed?
From what I have written, the thing is, I have never shared my writings with people except for maybe a couple. However, I am currently reading this really beautiful book called Last Night of the Earth by Charles Bukowski. Actually, there is this really simple one-line poem and it’s by Leonard Cohen. He said, “You go your way, I go your way too,” and it was really beautiful.
Do you think OTT (over-the-top) gives the content creators a chance to explore more with the variety of genres?
I think cinema, in general, should explore all types of genres and styles and stories. So I don’t think it is limited to OTT alone. It’s in every format, be it a short film or theatre play or a feature film or a show. In every place, there is a possibility to tell a story but it so happened that in digital shows people have been a little braver in experimenting so even I lucked out.
What are the chances of the sustainability of content creators with a variety of content coming up from various corners of the globe?
No, I feel like storytelling is not a place for competition. Different people have had different life stories and life journeys and the story you would write and the story I would write will be very different. So there is always space for originality if you stick to who we are. Having said that it is hard, yeah it is very hard for anyone to make it, and you know who has not got the support of already existing people from the industry. But if you put your heart in the right place and you are very sincerer and dedicated to it I think you can make it and you stay original to your stories in your lives.
If you are ever given only one choice to be a character in one of the movies that you have acted on which one would it be and why?
You know it’s interesting for I feel like every character that I play I end up relating to it. Because, I feel like I can be good, I can be bad, I can be confused, I can be conflicted as a person even those characters feel those things in that particular context of that story. So I feel like if I put myself in that situation, maybe, I would have also reacted like that. So, I don’t know if it’s a case of me relating to the character or the character influencing me because I feel like at the end of the day everyone is pretty much the same. It’s just that we react in a certain way because of the situation, because of our influences. So I feel like everyone’s pretty much the same I relate to all characters I have ever played.
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