Sharmila Mandre has been in the industry for quite some time and is cautious these days when selecting a project. After working with KM Chaitanya’s directorial ‘Aake‘, the actress is ready with her upcoming film ‘Mass Leader‘ which has Shivarajkumar in the lead role. Sharmila plays the role of an investigative journalist in the film which is one of the most awaited films of the Kannada industry. “This is my first film with Shivarajkumar, as well as my other co-stars Yogi, Vijay Raghavendra and Guru Jaggesh, all of whom I have known on a personal level for a long time. The fact that we shared a rapport helped immensely on set,”she said.

Sharmila Mandre said that she felt comfortable while delivering lengthy monologues and when director Narasimha Murthy approached her for her role in the film, it was clear that it was a very strong character. The actress was attracted to the role as it had no romantic angle. Sharmila has also performed a belly-dance song sequence for the film which is apparently part of the narrative. The film is expected to have a decent opening at the Karnataka box office considering Shivarajkumar’s appeal.

Sharmila Mandre said that it was difficult to shoot for the belly dance sequence as she had to collaborate with the backup dancers who had been doing it for many years. But she is thankful to her choreographer Mohan who took care that the end product was good. It remains to be seen if the actress can make a mark with the film or not.