Face-to-Face With the Woman Who Played Lesbian in Telugu Movie


[dropcap]S[/dropcap]ufi Syed: I never felt awkward !

It requires courage to portray a lesbian in Telugu cinema.Sufi Syed is playing an important role in a film directed by Vijayendra Prasad. Born in Iran, she had done her schooling there before shifting to India. She has been here around ten years now and has even completed her graduation in Mumbai. Sufi talks about her big break, “I got a call from Yashraj Films for Lift Karadhe show. I got selected and I was a winner of that show, that was in 2010. At the same time I appeared for auditions and got selected for Le Gaya Saddam with Raghubir Yadav. My next film is with Naveen Chandra. I did a second lead in that and it is directed by Rajamouli’s associate Jagdeesh.”

[pullquote position=”left”]Muslims don’t allow kids to get into acting normally but when I moved to modelling, parents initially objected.[/pullquote]

About her family and career she elaborates, “I am from a family of doctors, my dad, mom and my brother are all into medicine. I wanted to be a lawyer, a psychiatrist and many other people in one life. This is the only field you can play different roles. I don’t want to die being a doctor only. I am well versed in Taekwondo and martial arts, and grew up wanting to be a an actress. Muslims don’t allow kids to get into acting normally but when I moved to modelling, parents initially objected. My attitude, my looks, my smile…my eyes are my assets. I also worked in a Hollywood film called Game Of Shades in which I played a lead role, my co-stars were Ron Gilbert in Godfather, Donna Paymer etc. I am working in three different industries.”

Vijayendra Prasad was looking someone to play an American, I am Andrea in the film , and I never felt awkward. Such roles will only develop my acting skills. People will love it n accept it and there is something more to it. This is very important, if you remove  my character it will affect the entire story. It is a sci-fi fiction and I am doing all the fighting sequences on my own and I am loving it. I find it very interesting. I always wanted to do such kind of stuff. There is a special song in the film that revolves around me.”.

(Sunita Yalavarthi)

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