Rashmika recalls, “When word about the lockdown was making rounds around March-end or April, we were still shooting. On the last day, they had to cancel the day’s work and send us all home. It was almost like the first round of the pandemic in 2020. Days turned into weeks and weeks turned into almost three months. I can imagine this phase must have been tougher on the technicians who were maintaining the set while we were away. I was worried for them. Eventually, when we got back, we shot non-stop to avoid delays in the shoot if another round of closures happened. We didn’t want to be stuck; so hectic ho gaya but when everyone comes together, it just works out wonderfully. The production, my senior co-actors, the director — everyone pooled in. We will be shooting our next schedule out of Mumbai. I still remember when we resumed, I was a little apprehensive but when I saw the precautions being taken by the unit, I felt at ease.”
Rashmika had spent the lockdown in Hyderabad all by herself. She says, “I thought it wouldn’t be very long and so I didn’t go to Coorg to be with my parents. But it ended up being long. During that duration, I adopted Aura, my dog. Since then, she has been travelling with me everywhere and she enjoys being around me. She has a great vibe and she makes me very happy.”
A few days from now, Rashmika will start shooting for a few pending parts of Mission Majnu, her first Hindi film, co-starring Sidharth Malhotra. “We have a week’s shooting left to call it a day on the film. We could be starting in September. Sidharth also has a tight schedule, so things are being worked out. I, too, have a few commitments down South, so I will be rushing to complete those,” says Rashmika who is working hard to create the repertoire of a pan-India actress.