Rashmika Mandanna claimed she was offered a movie part after winning a beauty pageant, but she blocked the call because she assumed it was a prank.
On April 5, Rashmika Mandanna will age 27. In a previous interview, the actress, who was most recently seen in the Tamil film Varisu, discussed her acting debut and how she almost decided against joining the industry because she believed the first offer she received was a joke. Rashmika remembered being offered a starring role after winning a beauty pageant, but she blocked the number because she assumed it was a prank call.
Rashmika made her acting début in the 2016 Kannada film Kirik Party, which went on to become one of the year’s highest-grossing movies overall. She received the SIIMA Award for the role’s finest debut. Rashmika debuted in two Kannada features in 2017—Anjani Putra and Chamak—and has since worked on numerous Telugu and Tamil productions.
In a 2022 interview, Rashmika discussed how she nearly missed her big screen debut, saying, “For Kirik Party they wanted someone youthful with a mature face. I received a call from the production company, but I initially mistook it for a prank contact. I therefore told the man, “I am not interested in any films sir; please hang up.” Afterward, I disabled the number.
The filmmakers allegedly attempted to reach Rashmika through acquaintances before attempting to do so through a teacher after she blocked the number. They made an effort to get in touch with me through all of their connections because they genuinely wanted to meet me, she said. My class teacher was eventually called.” Rashmika claimed that with the teacher’s help, she eventually managed to meet the director, who she informed of her lack of acting skills. She was chosen for the part, though, after the filmmakers filmed a few scenes of conversation.
Last year, Rashmika, who is known for her role in the Telugu film Pushpa: The Rise (2021), made her Bollywood debut with Goodbye. The film also featured Amitabh Bachchan and Neena Gupta. Directed by Vikas Bahl and backed by Ekta Kapoor, the film had Sunil Grover, Pavail Gulati, Ashish Vidyarthi, Elli AvrRam, Sahil Mehta, Shivin Narang, Shayank Shukla, and Arun Bali in supporting roles.