“I have recently started training and spend a few hours on it whenever I get the time. Bharatanatyam is extremely difficult to learn and must be really ingrained in you, which is why I think people enrol their kids at an early stage. It’s such a beautiful form, which also makes you strong as it activates your arms and legs. Sometimes I wonder if focusing more on learning it would be better than spending a lot of time in the gym,” she said.
She also opened up about the various other art forms she had to learn for her previous projects.
“I had to learn sword-fighting as my character, Avanthika (in Baahubali), was primarily a warrior. It was required especially for my introduction which was an action sequence. I trained for a few weeks under the guidance of fight master Peter Hein and had initially thought it was all about the strength of your arms, however it is the footwork which matters the most. I spent most of my time focusing on it and it wasn’t easy, but I had noticed that good dancers learnt it faster and made for better fighters too. In films, action sequences are choreographed quite like dancing and it becomes easier to grasp the techniques,” she said.
The actress also attributed most of her training during working on SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali to Prabhas, who played the titular characters – Amarender and Mahendra Baahubali.
“I learnt a lot from him too as he was around when I was filming my introduction sequence and his inputs really helped. Also, we were shooting in a very different terrain which was more difficult than shooting on a plain ground,” she said, adding that the role also demanded intensive horse riding lessons.
Sye Raa is a biopic on the famous freedom fighter of the same name from Kurnool. The film’s cast, apart from Chiranjeevi, stars Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Kannada actor Kiccha Sudeep, Jagapathi Babu, Nayanthara, Pragya Jaiswal and even Vijay Sethupathi. To be directed by Surender Reddy, the film will be bankrolled by Ram Charan under his banner Konidela Production Company on a budget of Rs 150 crores, with cinematography by Ravi Varman and script by the Paruchuri Brothers.
On the work front, Tamannaah has Telugu film Naa…Nuvve with Nandamuri Kalyan Ram in the pipeline. The romantic comedy directed by Jayendra Panchapakesan is likely to release on June 14. The actress has been sharing updates of herself preparing for the film on social media.