Actress Rakul Preet during an interview with Tabloid, Gulf News in Dubai. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

She made her acting debut in 2009 with the Kannada film ‘Gilli’ and later ventured into the Hindi film industry in 2014 with ‘Yaariyan’. Rakul Preet Singh says she always wanted to act, but neither the southern film industry nor Bollywood was the plan for her.

“The southern industry was not the plan for me, neither was Bollywood. Firstly, films weren’t,” she said.

The 28-year-old actress said she knew she “wanted to act”, but she “didn’t know how”.

“I didn’t know much about the south industry and neither did I know about Hindi. I shot ‘Yaariyan’ and then my first film in Telugu. I shot for that film, and that went on to become a success and the rest is history. After that, I signed on a bunch of south Indian films — Telugu films. I just continued working there for seven to eight projects because they were great opportunities,” she added.

Singh made her Telugu film debut with ‘Keratam’ in 2011 and her Tamil debut in ‘Thadaiyara Thaakka’ the following year. She was a part of commercially successful films like ‘Venkatadri Express’, ‘Rough’, ‘Kick 2’, ‘Spyder’ and ‘Aiyaari’.

The actress said her understanding of films actually happened through the process of shooting for the projects.

“South films happened, and before I knew I was doing a bunch of great films. I think the Telugu film industry has really accepted me with open arms and gave me an identity. So, I love that about the Telugu film industry. And there was nothing in my mind about getting into Bollywood or getting into Tollywood, it was a very organic process that happened,” she added.

While working, Singh said she realised she wanted to work in films and do much better content.

“And then Hindi happened again,” said the actress, who has been appointed as the brand ambassador for the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao programme by the Telangana government.

“All I want to do right now is great films, challenging roles. That’s what gives me a high, and just (to) have some great content in my hand to work on,” she said.