What was your
mom and aunt’s feedback?
I was shocked and excited to
see myself on big screen
was it to see yourself on the big screen?
first film was Josh and I had not seen any
edited portion of it before its release. I
was shocked and equally excited to see myself
on big screen as I had no clue about how the
movie was because all the movies that I had
done, I was not aware of the complete storyline.
More than the audience, I was excited and
anticipated to see the whole movie. It was
like seeing a new person.
My mom and aunt were initially shocked to see me so
comfortable shooting. Perhaps, this has got to do
with my mom’s genes. My aunt Ambika and uncle
Sudeesh were always very supportive in terms of enriching
me with technical knowledge of film making. My aunt
Ambika always helped me with my costumes and dressing
since my childhood and that came in handy when I came
into movies. I think I have a huge film industry within
did Ko happen?
happened very randomly. I think K V Anand
sir saw some of my Josh stills, called me
and narrated the story. I liked it and accepted
it as I know that K V Anand will make nothing
less than a blockbuster.
Ko happened very randomly
I am one of the heroes along with
is your role like in Ko?
Ko, I am playing journalist Renuka and the
role is a very powerful one. Anand sir told
me that I am not a typical commercial heroine
and that I am one of the heroes along with
Jiiva who is playing the role of a photographer.
I think my role of a journalist will be like
an inspiration to many journalists.
don’t need to say Jiiva is an amazing
artist as he is already an award winning actor.
More than that, Jiiva is an amazing human
being and a great co-star. If there is any
award for the best co-star, it will go hands
down to Jiiva. His support has helped in my
smooth film entry.
Jiiva is an amazing human being
and a great co-star
K V Sir is a one man show
was it to work with K V Anand?
V Sir is a one man show. He has given me the
space and freedom and I was shocked because
I am a newcomer. He always treated me like
an established and experienced artist. He
used to value my opinions and asked for my
suggestions. It was new to me to be asked
by such a talented director. It was really
inspiring and made me grow as an actor every
Did you dub for
day in Ko shoot was a huge adventure. I have
to mention about the Norway shoot for the
song 'amali thumali' under Harris sir’s
mesmerizing music. It is a visual fantasy.
We discovered locations which even the world
cinema has not explored like Norway, Harbin
and Mongolia. It was a one time adventurous
opportunity for all of us. I can write an
interesting travelogue on Ko and I am sure
it will be a bestseller.
Every day in Ko shoot was a
No, Chinmayee has dubbed for me and has done an amazing
job. I am hoping to dub soon.
My mom is the best
of your mom in your career
mom plays the role of my mom in my life. She
does everything best for me. I am not experienced
and she has done around 150 films and I could
not have asked for a better guide than her.
She is the one who selects my roles and of
course with my consent. But my mom is the
best and she knows me inside out.
After Josh in which I played an innocent bubbly girl,
I did Makara Manju which was a complete contrast from
Josh. Makara Manju is a historical and a period film.
I was excited as I was doing a double role in it.
But it was tough as I have to change from the bubbly
Vidya of Josh to a totally contrasting roles of Goddess
Oorvashi and dancer Sugandha Bhai. It was a tough
experience. It took many days for me to get into the
skin of the character but it was worth it. I discovered
Kerala and felt so close to nature. I am proud to
have worked with three legends- Santosh Sivan, Madhu
Ambat sir and Lenin sir- so early in my career. Working
with them was like a once in a life term opportunity.
What kind of
roles do you look forward to?
As I had said earlier, all my roles, till now have
been poles apart. A teenage lively girl in Josh, a
subtle Kathak dancer and an out of the world Goddess
Oorvashi in Makara Manju and now a journalist in Ko.
I am hoping to do diverse roles which have the potential
that you have signed?
My manger manages my dates and an announcement will
one of your mom’s films is your favorite?
mom has done many films and my aunt Ambika
has compiled a song collection of mom’s
films. I sit and watch them regardless of
what movies they are. However, Mudal Mariyaadai
remains a legendary hit. My mom was known
for her glamorous roles although she has done
many roles. Glamour is something which is
very tough to play. In Mudal Mariyaadai, she
has done a de-glam role and I think she is
the only one who made a village girl look
simple but yet glamorous. I think my mom is
totally made for movies.
My mom is totally made for
Glamour has to be there
is your take on glamour?
in today’s world is not about wearing
skimpy costumes. Glamour is in attitude, it
is in personality and it is in style. A completely
clad woman also can look glamorous. You can
bring the glamour factor to it if you have
the right confidence and through the style
of your character. I think glamour has to
be there everywhere.