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`Bommarillu' was a surprise

More than its success, Genelia is glad that she's being recognised for her performance



GOOD TIMES AHEAD Genelia is in the reckoning after her recent hit

Genelia can't help but smile. A whirlwind schedule in Hyderabad for three days couldn't have been timed better. Her recent release, Bommarillu, has all the promise of becoming one of this year's biggest hits, putting the spot light back on feel good love stories. "I knew it was a good movie but this stupendous response has taken me by surprise. The last few years I've spent acting in films have taught me not to be too hopeful about any movie. But director Dil Raju was so sure that it would work," she says.

Despite being told that she had a meaty role, Genelia had her doubts. "Directors tell you that the heroine has a really important part in the story but we all know what's the end result. So I didn't take Dil Raju's words seriously. Nevertheless, I liked the one line story he told me; he also narrated a few scenes in detail. I liked my character and took a chance," she says.

Bommarillu is her second film with Siddharth, with whom she started her career in Shankar's Boys. Ask her if that meant an increased comfort level with her co-star and she adds after a pause, "Not exactly. It's just that I didn't need to be introduced to him or wait to break the ice. Telugu film units as such make me feel at home. For me, the most appetising factor was a good role. I enjoyed each day of my work, well aware that I may not get this kind of a film in the near future."

With this, Genelia has moved to the clan of actors who're choosy about their work. With no Telugu film in her kitty, she is concentrating on a Tamil film. "With success comes responsibility. I don't want to make the wrong decisions. I'll complete my Tamil film and then return to Telugu. I've already proved that I can do justice to bubbly, glamorous roles. After Satyam, people are again appreciating my performance. I can't be happier. I knew I was good but I needed this recognition to assert the fact," she concludes.

SANGEETHA DEVI. K

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