So what does one do in Bollywood after a debut film tanks at the box-office? You head straight down south, where the Tamil and Telugu industry beckons. And this is exactly what former Channel V VJ Sarah Jane Dias did when her stepping stone to Bollywood, Game, flopped.
Says Sarah, “Shortly after the release of Game, I received a call from my local management team informing me that Vishnu was directing a film with Pawan Kalyan. I was familiar with both the names, considering they are very popular in the Telugu film industry. I was narrated the script, and found the film to be interesting.”
Panjaa, as it is called, has Kalyan in the lead, and also features Jackie Shroff and Atul Kulkarni.
So, is it that easy to act in Telugu or Tamil films even if you don’t speak a word of those languages? “There are so many heroines who work in the South Indian industry and cannot speak the language. So who am I to find it difficult? Frankly, it was very easy. Also, I believe if you put your mind into something, it can never be difficult. I don’t know the Telugu or Tamil. However, Telugu is definitely a much easier language in comparison to Tamil,” adds Sarah, who made her film debut in Game, featuring Abhishek Bachchan.
So did the film’s fate spoil her Bollywood ambitions? “I really don’t think Game’s box-office failure was a roadblock at all. And frankly, I wasn’t disappointed either. I gave it my best,” says Sarah, who stars in next year’s comedy sequel, Kya Super Kool Hai Hum. Says Sarah, “We have just started shooting for the film. However, I’m not in a position to give any details on the same. And I also have some other films in the pipeline, which I should be able to talk about once things are finalised.”