Chennai, Nov 23 (IANS) Tashu Kaushik considers herself fortunate to have gotten an opportunity to work in southern cinema, especially after an unsuccessful stint in Bollywood, and says to survive one needs to take success and failure in the same stride.
Tashu is one of the few actresses who have worked in all the four southern language movies - Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
"I feel blessed to have worked in all southern languages and I look forward to do more films. Cinema has been my greatest passion and I consider myself fortunate enough to be doing something I'm extremely passionate about," Tashu told IANS.
She debuted with Ram Gopal Varma's flop movie "Darwaza Bandh Rakho", but says she has benefited from her collaboration with the filmmaker.
"Working with someone like Ramuji certainly helped me in my career and even today most people recognise me for my first film", she said.
An economics graduate, Tashu, who was born and raised in Kanpur and did her college in Mumbai, feels an actress should be open to criticism and work hard without worrying about output.
"To be successful in the industry one should always be open to learn and face good and bad moments with utmost confidence. One should also believe in themselves and work hard without any expectations," Tashu said.
The actress, who hasn't grooved to any item song to date, feels such songs can hamper an actress' image, but when done with a bigger star, it helps in gaining popularity.
"Item songs generally affect the image of an actress, but when done with a bigger actor or in a bigger film, it helps in gaining some popularity for the actress. It hampers the most when an actress decides to groove to any item song that comes her way," she said.
Right now she is awaiting release of her two Telugu films - "Teluguabbai" and "Doola Seenu" and also completed Malayalam movie.
Also, she as two projects in Kannada and Tamil respectively.
When not acting, Tashu likes to watch TV, sleep and go on long drives.