Strutting to Success - Eesha Rebba

Having debuted in Tollywood in 2013 with the hit film Anthaka Mundu Aa Tarvatha, Eesha Rebba has since appeared in eight films, with each role quite different from the last. Her talent was clearly on display in the multi-starrer film Awe, in which she plays a lesbian. Eesha has been lucky to have shared screen time with stalwarts like Nithya Menen, Regina Cassandra, and Kajal Aggarwal. And the list doesn’t end there; she is soon to appear with Jr NTR and Sumanth, too. Check out what this bubbly actress has to say…

How did you get into acting? 
During a brief stint of working in HR and media, I undertook some modelling assignments. Soon that became my line of work and I did a few photo shoots, and some of my pictures began circulating on social media. Director Mohan Krishna Indraganti saw my pictures online and called me up and asked me to audition for his film, Anthaka Mundu Aa Tarvatha. Lucky for me I got the offer, and the rest is history!

What was it like to share screen space with actors like Regina Cassandra and Kajal Agarwal in Awe? 
I admire all of them for their dedication and hard work. None of them had any movie background, but they’ve risen and have really come a long way.

Nani called me and told me he was producing a film for which he was keen that I audition. I heard the script and loved it instantly. The character was challenging as I played a lesbian. My look and acting in the film were greatly appreciated, and I’m glad that people connected with my character and enjoyed it.

Tell us about your current projects. 
I’m doing a film with Naga Shourya, which is yet untitled, and another one with Sumanth Kumar Akkineni titled Subramaniapuram. Lastly, I have a film with Junior NTR called Aravinda Sametha, which is releasing on October 11.

What are your expectations from each of these?
All of my characters are slightly different from those I’ve done in the past. So I’m excited and I hope the audience likes them, too.

Have you changed at all over the years, after becoming an actor? If yes, how? 
When I entered the industry I was new and I didn’t know anything about it. The industry has really changed me and taught me a lot. People look up to me now and I feel responsible as a human being. I’ve learnt a lot from the people around me.

Who is your role model? 
Sridevi Kapoor has always inspired me, and I also like Meryl Streep. But my mom is my ultimate role model; she has always supported me and encouraged me to do what I enjoy.

Which film remake would you like to be part of? 
Wonder Woman!

What’s your dream role? 
My dream is to do all kinds of roles: negative, positive, a role in which I play a physically handicapped person, etc. I want to keep challenging myself. I don’t want to restrict myself to one or two genres only.

What would you do if not for acting? 
I would have been an entrepreneur or a philanthropist. I often do a lot for charity, but I don’t talk about it much. Nonetheless, I feel good when I do any form of charity.

What’s your favourite pastime? 
I like to spend time with my family and my two dogs – a Pekingese and a Shih Tzu.

How do you stay in shape? 
I workout regularly and I’m quite careful about what I eat. I don’t like sweets or oily or fried food, so that’s a bonus.

What’s your comfort food? 
Chicken biryani. I can eat it any time of night or day.

Do you cook, and if yes, what’s your speciality? 
I cook very rarely, but when I do, I often make vegetable biryani. I must say, it’s pretty good!        -- as told to Niharika