Tell us how you bagged the Bigil role.
Bigil was an opportunity I didn’t expect to land, so early on in my career, as it is my second Tamil film after Jarugandi. Initially, I was a bit skeptical about the nature of role in such a star-studded film. During the meeting with Atlee sir, I told him that I wished for a role with some scope for performance. There were two more meetings and actually I was the last one to be cast in the film. He said that there was this character that he had so meticulously written and couldn’t find an apt person to play it. By the third meeting, he said Anitha’s character was his most favourite one, and though he was thinking about me for that from the first moment he saw me, he was still brooding over it. He then said that Anitha was the strongest of them all, and that he was sure I could pull it off, as he had already seen me perform. However, I had no clue what was in store for me, until I was told that I was supposed to play an acid attack victim and the make-up would give my face a disfigured look. Then on, there was no looking back, as my character had a lot of substance, and I told Atlee sir that I was sure it would be remembered by people.
We were trained in football for a month and a half, and that required hard work. From the kind of response, I have been getting so far, I think it has worked out really well. I had played cricket, badminton, and hockey for my school team but not football. We were trained by actual players to get the body language right.
How was it to share screen space with Vijay?
Acting with Vijay sir was like a dream, and when I accompanied him for the audio launch, I got an idea about the kind of fan following that he has. It was amazing to see how many people throng the place just to get a glimpse of him and listen to him. When I first met Vijay sir, I had the make-up of an acid attack victim, and he came up to me and told my mom, who was beside me, ‘Ma, you must be happy and proud that your daughter is playing one of the best characters in the film’. That boosted my confidence.
He is not too talkative, but he keenly observes things and knows everything happening around him, and he would immediately notice something and point out the same. You tend to ask, ‘Sir, eppadi?’, in amazement. I also remember him asking how the training is going on and saying, ‘Enak theriyadh. Practise Pannanum.’ (I don’t know football. I have to practice too). It shows that he is humble, and an actor like him doesn’t need to say that.
How was the experience acting with Nayanthara, the ‘Lady Superstar’?
Nayanthara is someone I have always looked up to, with regard to the struggle she has gone through to get where she is today. Given that we were the only two Malayalis on the set, we connected really well and would often chat in Malayalam. She is extremely professional besides being so poised and elegant on the set and I want to learn that trait from her. We used to chat about her family, etc. She is very caring and concerned about you, and she is a lovely person. Back then, she was also shooting for Love Action Drama, and she would talk to me about Malayalam industry and how it was working with Nivin and Aju Varghese because she knew I had worked with Nivin too. Often, she would appreciate my looks or performance.
You are currently shooting for Tovino’s Forensic. Tell us about your character.
I was preoccupied with Bigil for almost five months and though a few film offers came my way, I couldn’t really take them up because of the kind of working schedule there. In Malayalam, we complete the filming in just 45 days but it’s a lot different in Tamil. When Forensic came along, I grabbed it as I really wanted to do a good Malayalam film for a long time. I love the genre of the film, which is a medical thriller, and Tovino is playing a medico-legal adviser, while I am playing an intern in the forensics department. Mamta is essaying the role of a cop, and it is all about how we crack a case, with forensic tools. This would be a one-of-a-kind movie in Malayalam, and a new experience for the audience as well. The film is likely to wrap up by the middle of December.
My character is named Shikha Damodar, and she is extremely ambitious. She is a padippist and is very anxious about doing things the right way, just as they are given in books. Gradually, when she is exposed to harsh realities, she understands a lot of things. Though this is her first case, she thinks she knows it all, and is always trying to prove Tovino’s character wrong and saying ‘I know better’. It is really fun, as it is a pretty young team. Since the movie is intense, we get into these characters when the camera rolls and when the director says cut, we are cracking jokes, laughing and in our goofiest best. I feel like I am back home, after doing a Malayalam film again.
What are your upcoming projects?
I have completed a film called Sakalakalavallabha in Kannada, and I am awaiting its release in December. It is a remake of the Tamil movie called Naanum Rowdy Thaan, which had Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara. The same production house is bankrolling the film.
I am also doing another film in Tamil called FIR, with actor Vishnu Vishal. After Bigil, my Tamil film is Dhanusu Raasi Neyargale, with Harish Kalyan, which is also likely to release soon. Though acting in Tamil was a bit challenging at first, as I can’t read the language, and the dialogues would be written in English for me. For an actor, it is more about the situation that you are trying to portray than the language, and it shouldn’t affect one after a point.
Where do you want to see yourself in the coming years?
I am not someone who would make plans and work towards achieving the same. Though I am obviously looking for lead roles, I also don’t want to take up lead roles for the sake of it. I knew my role in Bigil was not lead role, but I knew people would die to be part of it. That said, I don’t want to be in a blink and miss kind of a role too. I want to be careful in picking roles people would remember rather than just looking glam on-screen.
Picture Credit: Mahesh Nair
- How we want to look... and how we really look: Zoe Foster-Blake and husband Hamish Blake share the reality of a beach holiday when you're a parent
- Old people DON’T want a 24-7 vaccine rollout, management consultants brought in to deliver the jabs warn ministers
- Best OnePlus Nord N100 Screen Protectors 2021
- Best Moto G Power Screen Protectors 2021
- Best Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Screen Protectors 2021
- Best Moto G7 Plus Screen Protectors 2021
- Does the Samsung Galaxy S21 fingerprint sensor work with screen protectors?
- Best Moto G Stylus (2021) Screen Protectors 2021
- Ayesha Jhulka Regrets Rejecting Mani Ratnam's Roja; Wants To Work With Aamir Khan Again
- Big Brother fans swoon over BB7's Glyn Wise who looks VERY different from his reality TV days... as he makes surprise appearance on Best Shows Ever
- 'Skating has changed my body and mind': Rebekah Vardy dazzles in a metallic gold gown as she poses for glamorous photoshoot ahead of Dancing On Ice debut
- ‘Mank’ Cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt Aims For Subtle Use Of Period Technique On Old Hollywood Drama: “You Don’t Want It To Be A Parlor Trick”
- 'Blatant bulls**t': Instagram model is slammed for her 'weird' claim she looks pregnant all the time - despite having a perfectly flat stomach
- Revenge star Madeleine Stowe, 62, looks the same as she did 30 years ago when she was in Last Of The Mohicans as she makes a rare sighting in LA
- I Don’t Want Butt Injections, So I Tried The Brazilian Butt Lift Leggings
- Best Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Screen Protectors 2021
- Best Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus Screen Protectors 2021
- Best Fitbit Sense & Versa 3 Screen Protectors 2021
- RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Don't clean your teeth - save the NHS... a look forward to Covid Britain in 2024
- Best Fitbit Versa and Versa Lite Screen Protectors in 2021
I don’t want to just look glamorous on-screen: Reba have 1530 words, post on timesofindia.indiatimes.com at November 29, 2019. This is cached page on Movie Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.