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The film you chose next, Oraal, with Mukesh, is an offbeat one...

It is a psychotic thriller. The experience of working in it has been great though I had a tough time speaking Malayalam. In Black, I was a Tamil village girl. But in Oraal, I played a Malayali.

The last film I did was Bharat Chandran IPS with Suresh Gopi. It was great playing a cop. It was fun working with Suresh Gopi.

How did it feel wearing the uniform?

It was amazing. People started comparing me with Vijayashanthi. The Malayalam magazines wrote, `Will Shriya Reddy be the next Vijayashanthi?'

Of late, offers have come my way to work with Mohanlal and with Mammootty. A huge Hindi film is in the offing but I can't name the director. It happened after I appeared on the Savvy cover. Apart from Trisha, I am the only other south Indian actress to appear there in recent times.

You are an Andhraite brought up in Chennai but you are acting in Malayalam films. How do you explain this?

I don't know. People in Kerala watch and love my show, and they want me to be a part of their industry. It is a great feeling to be acting with some of India's greatest artists. Everybody knows Kerala makes the best films in India and I want to be a part of that kind of cinema.

Vikram goes to Kerala to watch Malayalam films. He told me, `Shriya, continue doing what you are doing. It's good'. I am honoured and privileged to be a part of such a vibrant industry.

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