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It’s difficult for outsiders to get good roles: Rakul

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Actress Rakul Preet says it is extremely tough for an outsider to get meaningful roles in the film industry.

But she is glad that she is getting a chance to explore her calibre with films like “De De Pyaar De”.

“I said ‘yes’ to the film because of my role. Let’s face the fact, it is very difficult for an outsider to kind of crack the film which has a great role for the girl and when you are an integral part of the story,” Rakul told IANS.

“When I heard the role, I was completely blown by it. I said ‘I will do anything to get this role’. I am extremely grateful that I am getting such a good response and people are noticing me in the trailer when it has two stalwart actors. I was overwhelmed with the response,” she added.

The film, a romantic comedy, also stars Tabu and Ajay Devgn. Written and co-produced by Luv Ranjan and directed by Akiv Ali, it tells a story of how a 50-year-old falls for a girl much younger than him, and what happens when she meets his former wife.

In the film, Rakul will be seen essaying the role of a girl from London.

On her look, the actress said: “My look is very different. When I got the film, Luv Sir asked me that to lose weight. The brief given to me was, ‘You need to look like Deepika Padukone from ‘Cocktail’.

“Considering I own a gym myself, I couldn’t say no. I had 25 days before I started the film and I lost about 8-10 kg at that point of time. It was a lot of work in terms of getting the look right.”

She continued: “I was training for four hours and there was a proper regime. I had to crash diet for a week and then build muscle. It was one month of intense training. It was probably the most hardworking month of my life in terms of fitness.”

“De De Pyaar De”, produced by T-Series and Luv Films, will release on May 17. Rakul hopes the “film creates the same excitement as the trailer”.

Telugu filmdom isn’t male dominated anymore: Rakul

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She is just a decade old in southern showbiz, but Rakul Preet Singh has managed to carve a niche for herself. The actress feels there has been a change in the Telugu film industry as it is no more patriarchal.

Rakul made her acting debut with the Kannada film “Gilli” in 2009. She subsequently made her Telugu debut with “Keratam”, later she has starred in Telugu hits like “Venkatadri Express”, “Current Theega”, “Rough”, “Loukyam”, “Kick 2”, “Sarrainodu”, “Nannaku Prematho”, “Dhruva”, “Spyder” and “Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru”.

Asked if she feels the Telugu film industry is hero-centric, Rakul told IANS: “Don’t you think the world is male dominated? I would put it that way and I don’t think that it is hero-centric anymore. Times are changing and there are good films. If you look at a ‘Baahubali’ which was such a big film, the whole thing is about Anushka Shetty’s character being so strong.”

Rakul then praised actresses Nayanthara, Trisha, Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt for doing some “superb” work.

The 28-year-old said the entire Indian film industry is evolving.

“I think on the whole the film industries across India are changing and there are better roles for women. And I think even in the past there have been. But when you look at the world on the whole I feel largely it is a male-dominated world, but I think things are becoming better now,” she said.

Rakul has also dabbled in Hindi films. She started off with “Yaariyan” as her first Bollywood venture in 2014, followed by “Aiyaary” and her next will be “De De Pyaar De”.

The actress believes there are “good roles” written for girls and she hopes to “crack a few of those”.

Over her journey in the industry, she has managed to work with southern superstars such as Ram Charan, Allu Arjun, Ravi Teja and Junior NTR.

She describes working with all of them as “amazing”.

“They are amazing people. Charan, Bunny, Ravi Garo, they are all amazing people and each one excels. They are such amazing dancers. I always joke that they have no bones in their bodies and I think I am friends with all of them. They are very grounded and that’s what gets them the stardom they have,” said Rakul.

Rakul and Catherine roped in for Kalyan Ram’s next

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Actors Rakul Preet Singh and Catherine Tresa will be playing the female leads opposite Kalyan Ram in the film to be helmed by debutant Vasishta Mallidi, son of producer M Satyanarayana Reddy.

The movie is mounted on a budget of Rs 20 crore under NTR Arts, the film shows Rakul as a journalist and Catherine essaying the role of a warrior queen.

The film, which has two timelines — the 13th century and present, shows Kalyan Ram in a dual role — one as an infamous conqueror and the other beingĀ a modern youth, is expected to go on floors in the latter half of this year.

Rakul Preet Singh Charges Extra for Nag

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Even as Rakul Preet Singh is struggling to bag offers in Tollywood, she is getting good money for the films that she’s signing.

She missed the chance to pair up with Venkatesh in ‘Venky Mama’ but she has now more reason to celebrate as she bagged to act as romantic leading lady in senior actor Nagarjuna’s “Manmadhudu 2”. The highlight of this project is that she will receive more remuneration.

She will be paid whopping Rs 1.5 Cr for this movie since she’s acting opposite senior star.

Not many heroines are showing interest to pair up with senior actors like Venkatesh, Nagarjuna and Balakrishna. So, producers are shelling out extra money to convince the actresses like Tamannah and Rakul.

Though Rakul has not many Telugu films in hands, she demanded more money for ‘Manmadhudu 2’. The film will start rolling later this month.

Before signing this film, Rakul was willing to cut down her pay to snatch some offers. Interestingly, she is now getting more money than her regular remuneration.