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I had to grasp Beyonce’s body language: Sana

Sana had to go all out to transform herself for this role

Published: 04th June 2017

Sana, the newest debutante in planet Kollywood with Rangoon, finds it ironical that she plays a singer in the film. “I cant sing at all,” she says with refreshing candour. Curiously though, for the audition of this film, she really had to sing for director Rajkumar Periasamy. She says, “At the audition that was held in Mumbai, he told me about the character, Natasha, and mentioned that she is an aspiring singer. He then asked if I could sing. Now, I am a really bad singer with a terrible voice, and I sing best only behind closed doors.” The director apparently showed her a video clip of one of Beyonce’s shows. Sana says, “He wanted me to grasp the kind of body language he was looking for. He then asked me to sing whatever song I knew, keeping that swagger and attitude in mind. So I went all out and belted out a number in my loudest voice! He liked the style and that’s how I got the part.” The actress, who debuted in Telugu two years ago, is happy to be stepping into Tamil cinema with an AR Murgadoss and Fox Star Production. “When AR Murgadoss sir met me for the first time, he had seen a few rushes of Rangoon. He told me that I reminded him of Simran, who’d ruled the industry for many years. I was thrilled to hear this from such a respected director and producer,” she says. Sana had to go all out to transform herself for this role. Playing a girl with a Tamil father and a Burmese mother, she got an opportunity to wear the traditional Burmese costume for the film. She also had to learn how to hold and strum a guitar. “I took a few lessons back home in Mumbai. But before the shoot, (co-star) Gautham Karthik, who plays the guitar well, helped me with it. He fine tuned my newly acquired skills, helping me get used to holding and playing the instrument the right way,” she says. Of her shooting, Sana recalls once when they shot for an entire night: “Impressed with the way things were proceeding, the director, at 4 in the morning, thought we could complete one more scene. I agreed, and he gave me a really long monologue to recite!” she says. “I was apprehensive about pulling it off without ample preparation. Thankfully, he agreed when I told him I would do some of it then, and the rest later. The team was always helpful and cooperative.”

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