Can you say something about Vedi and your
role in it?
is different from my earlier films. In Vaaranam
Aayiram, I have done a girl-next-door character;
it was a glamorous role in Asal and Nadunisi
Naaygal was a serious film. In Vedi, I have
gone all out for a commercial role. I play
a college girl who fights with the hero and
there will be comedy, action and song sequences.
I fight with the hero
I learnt a lot of comedy timing
from Prabhu Deva
Deva has pushed me harder to give a different
feel to my role in Vedi. Although I have done
comedy in Hindi cinema, this is the first
time I have done comedy in Tamil cinema. I
learnt a lot of comedy timing from Prabhu
roles in Vettai and Vedi
Deva is always known as a fabulous dancer.
He has also made me nervous during the songs.
I used to work very hard to please him and
I think we managed to do a good job.
Prabhudeva made me nervous
I think both the films that I have chosen be it Vedi
or Lingusamy sir’s Vettai, my character is very
strong. My character Paro (in Vedi) is the only heroine
and she has a lot to do in the film. There is a lot
of build up of comedy between me and Vivek.
What I have observed is boys like to see the heroines
as glam dolls and when women try to do much stronger
roles, the guys don’t like if. So we are giving
what the audience wants.
In Tamil we don’t
see you that often. Why?
I do films all round India. I do films in Bengali,
Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam. Since I am not a solo
Tamil heroine, I cannot churn out films in every 3-4
months. I try to give my time to all. Yes, it is difficult
to give out 3-4 films in a year. But I think this
year has been pretty good – two films I have
done in Tamil, two in Hindi and if Vettai releases
in December 2011, then it would be 3 Tamil films this
I was blown away by Vishal
with Vishal and music in Vedi
is a fabulous actor. He is a very talented
actor and I was blown away by his performance
in Avan Ivan. I realize that it needs immense
talent to do a strong role in Avan Ivan and
to follow it with a commercial one and Vishal
is undoubtedly hugely talented to work with.
Coming to music, Vijay Anthony has given an assortment
of genres in songs. When you listen to the album,
you will realize that. There is a glamorous number,
a folksy one, there is an item number. The best number
would be my introduction song with Devi Prasad where
Devi is dancing. The songs of the film would be the
high-point of Vedi.
between you and Vishal
I think Vishal is 6 foot 3 inches and he is very tall.
When I first met him, I said, “Hey I am wearing
high heels and still looking up to you”, I realized
how tall he is. Being tall myself, I am 5.7 and still
I was standing on top of boxes in romantic scenes
and still had to look up at him with lovey dovey eyes.
It was funny.
Are you in Viswaroopam?
cannot comment on Viswaroopam. Yes, it was
offered to me but it is still in the pipeline.
We have to work dates out. It is not easy
and it would be a dream to work with Kamal
sir. He is a fabulous actor.
It is a dream to work with Kamal
Gautham Menon knows what the
Menon is the one who gave me the start in
Tamil cinema. I would say he is the reason
why I am still here. He is a very dear friend.
And yes, we would be working in a film next
year. He is someone I am comfortable with.
And I think the audience really loves his
films as he knows what they want. It is like
working with a family member for me.
How do you choose your films?
I had chosen films for money, then by now
I would have done 5-6 films. When Vaaranam
Aayiram was a hit, many producers came to
me with a very high amount but I was not happy
with the roles. I am not one of those heroines
who take on any roles. I choose a film for
two reasons- one is script and the other is
sentiment. For example, Nadunisi Naaygal was
for sentiment reasons because Gautham wanted
me to do the film and I did it. About other
films like Vedi or Vettai, I chose them because
I really love the characters.
I am not one of those heroines
who take on any roles
Item numbers work for
is your take on item numbers?
think the only item number that I have done
is in Hindi for a Priyadarshan’s film
as he is like family to me. I was never keen
on it but now a days item numbers work for
everybody and it is not bad anymore and it
sells the film. It is a good thing to do.
I don’t know if I would do them. Lets