Trisha to Star with Akshay

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After a glittering career in the South, hot superstar Trisha will be making her way in Bollywood in a movie opposite Akshay Kumar, tentatively titled Khatta Meeta. It will be directed by Priyadarshan. “A lot of offers were coming my way, but I was waiting for the right film and I could not say ‘No’ to Priyan who is my mentor of sorts,” she explains, “I respect him as a film maker and he is also a good family friend. I don’t intend to move to Bollywood, but I’m definitely game to give it a try.”

The former Miss India Beautiful Smile and three times winner of the Filmfare South Best Telegu Actress Award was educated in Chennai and debuted in Lesa Lesa in 2002. She won her Best Actress Awards for Varsham, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana and Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule.

Although she has won more awards in Tollywood, the Tamil actress has in fact made more movies in Kollywood. She will, however, be returning to Hyderabad in the near future to star in Shankam, in which she will appear opposite Gopi Chand. She denies having a preference for Kollywood. “Telugu films will remain special to me as I have been treated like a queen in Tollywood and offered meatier roles,” she says, “Besides, I have always struck a balance between Tamil and Telugu films – so I have two Telugu and Tamil films on the floor right now.”

Trisha’s popularity in the South is so extraordinary that tens of thousands have signed up in her name, some have even wanted to build a temple in her honour — but she would prefer them to take a more socially conscious approach. “I have more than a 1,000 fan clubs but I urge them to do social service instead of promoting my films,” she advises, “These club members donate blood and visit old-age homes. I have joined a few programs these clubs have organised and went to some cancer hospitals on my birthday.”

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