I remember the day I was shooting for Petta, I had this one-and-a-half-page-long monologue. My character [Poongodi Malik], was reacting to her father’s death and accusing her brothers of killing him. On the day we were shooting for this scene, I was really nervous, especially since there were big stars like Rajnikanth Sir and Trisha [Krishnan] in the movie. The last thing I wanted to do was mess up! For that scene, I went the extra mile and learned the dialogues three weeks in advance. By the time there was just one week left for the shoot, I knew it so well that even if you woke me up at 02:00 am, I would have been able to say it! Luckily, on the day of the shoot, it took us only two takes to get it right.
When I’m learning new languages, I always have a tutor with me. You need to know what the words mean when you’re acting. As an actor, you need to know exactly what you’re saying so you know when to take pauses and when to stress on certain words, or what your body language is supposed to be like.