Tall, sprightly and enthusiastic, Rakul is here to change the way things are done in showbiz. From her journey in Bollywood and the South Indian film industry, to her treasured childhood memories, the actor bared it all, giving us more than just a glimpse into her life. Rakul on screen is phenomenal, but off-screen, she is grounded and her world is as simple as it gets. As we wrapped up the shoot, we couldn’t help but appreciate her work ethic, which was devoid of the starry air that one would expect of an actress who has made her mark in the film industry barring all language barriers and putting haters to shame. The chirpy actor reveals—what makes her feel sexy and what she likes about her co-actors—Allu Arjun, Sidharth Malhotra and Ajay Devgn. Also, in this exclusive rendezvous, she talks to us about her love for cinema, the concept of gender inequality, and finding her ideal man. Edited excerpts…
Growing up, who did you admire the most, and what inspired you to become an actor?
I’ve looked up to many people while growing up, because I believe that there are so many individuals who have achieved so much. But most importantly, I have always looked up to my father. He is such a learned and aware man, who knows everything, be it about the stock market, current affairs or even the environment. Acting for me happened all of a sudden when my mom suggested that I take part in the Miss India beauty pageant, and thereafter it all happened organically.
How was your initial journey on the silver screen? What were the challenges that you faced?
It’s been beautiful, and luckily, it has been a consistent upward journey all through. I do not abide by the term "challenges", as it gives a negative connotation. But I think that when I started out, it was a brand new field for me; where I got the opportunity to explore and learn about a whole new world that made me focus on my goal.
You have completed a decade in the industry. Did you ever think that things will work out like this? Has failure ever intimidated you?
I started out in 2009, but only after completing my graduation did I enter the industry in 2012. I never set out by doubting myself whether things will work out for me or not. I have always believed in myself, and my instincts. Failure does not intimidate me. Rather, it is a great teacher as you learn to respect, and value yourself, and your craft.