SHE was at work at the Nadi International Airport when the director of locally shot movie Highway to Suva approached her and offered her a role.
At first Tarishma Divya Goundar, who was at work at the Prouds duty free outlet, could not believe that she had been offered a role in a movie.
"It felt like an opportunity not to be missed.
"I felt privileged and very eager to take my first step into the world of movies," said the 24-year- old of Saweni in Lautoka.
The world premiere of the movie directed by former Fiji resident Vimal Reddy, who lives in Australia, will be held at Damodar City in Suva tonight. Screenings start tomorrow.
In the movie, Goundar plays the role of Divya, an innocent teenager who feels like she is trapped and unable to freely express herself.
She dreams of living her life differently from the way she was brought up by her family.
"Preparing to play for Divya's role has been quite a challenge for me.
"It was a very complicated role as it required the portrayal of two personalities," said Goundar.
"The language being spoken was not hard for me to adhere to as I was asked to speak my mother tongue.
"As it was my first movie, I was very nervous in the beginning but got used to it as the shooting progressed.
"We did a lot of rehearsals to prepare for the shots."
Goundar said some things in the movie also related to her personal life, adding she had a lot of difficulty in her earlier years gaining her sense of freedom.
"I believe a woman should be allowed as much freedom as a man gets in order to survive as a happy being and not feel entrapped between responsibilities. It is the time of modern women. I could only agree to equal rights."
Goundar acted in another foreign language movie as a supporting actress after Highway to Suva and also took part in the Miss World Fiji pageant last year.
She said Highway to Suva has a number of messages to convey to people, both for parents and children.
"Children should be allowed their share of freedom as they grow to make them feel more trusted and be more close to their parents in terms of sharing their thoughts and feelings with them.
"And as for the youngsters, Highway to Suva tries to emphasise on peer pressure and how it actually affects the life of our younger generation these days," said Goundar.