Madurai will always remain close
to my heart
was it like in a new place?
director, Vetri sir, picked me because he
thought I could carry the look. When I went
to the spot, I was given the costumes which
were typical Anglo Indian costumes. The portions
were shot among the Anglo Indian community
in Madurai and people who played my father,
grandmother and friends are actual Anglo Indians
who live in Madurai and they are not artistes.
That was a huge helping hand. I used to interact
with them a lot and observe minute details
about their mannerisms and lifestyle to get
to know more about my character.
As a newcomer from Delhi, Madurai has been a different
experience for me. It will always be special for me
because Madurai is my first ever workplace. So I will
never be able to forget it.
Scene that took
an experienced artiste, Dhanush has helped
me a lot; on-screen and off-screen as well.
He used to go through the dialogues with me
and give tips and also lots of suggestions
on how to deal with the work pressure so I
can have a longer life in the industry.
Dhanush gave me many tips on
and off screen
The maximum retakes I took was for a dialogue that
was 5-6 lines and at that time that was too much for
me in Tamil. Now it’s like the easiest thing
for me to do, considering my second movie. When we
were shooting for that I broke into tears after going
through so many retakes. But Dhanush and Vetri laughed
it off and explained how difficult it would be for
me in the beginning.
Do you recall
Every scene I do I need to keep that in my memory
so I can perform the next scene better. So I keep
refreshing my memory. In the process, I have to wash
few scenes out of my memory so I can perform the consequent
Romance in Aadukalam
This movie will not show romance in a typical romantic
movie style. Audience will feel the romance more than
the film’s leads feel for each other. It’s
very subtle and silent; the girl will walk out of
her house for the guy, the guy will change his life
for her. Yet, it’s not a lovey-dovey movie.
It’s not at all larger than life, very raw and
real. Whatever chemistry you see between the two characters
is typically how it would happen in real life. It’s
a coming together of two different cultures; a Madurai
Tamil boy and an Anglo Indian girl.
What do you like
What I like about the city is its ethnicity. It’s
a very quite city. For me Madurai reminds me of my
first workplace but as a traveler, I would say Madurai
is a very ethnic and culturally rich city.
My favorite song is Yathe Yathe. The day I heard the
song I fell in love with it. Thankfully, it’s
also my introduction song in the movie. GV Prakash
composed and sung it. I became the biggest fan of
GV the day I heard this song.
I have already started working on my next Tamil movie
which is almost halfway through it. It’s with
Jiiva under Kannan’s direction and it’s
called Vandaan Vendraan.
Is your next
film different from Aadukalam?
Yeah. That is how I plan my career. I will do such
movies that people will not recognize it’s the
same girl who did the previous movie. So that is how
I plan it, that’s what I want and that’s
what I work on.
When I was told Trisha was
supposed to do this movie, I got
was it to replace Trisha in Aadukalam?
got to know this only after I started working
on the movie. Nobody in the crew told me that.
But slowly I learnt it and I my initial reaction
was fear. Because Trisha is a big star here
with a huge fan following and I was scared
that her fans should not get offended. I was
also nervous because I realized if Trisha
was considered for the role, the role must
have huge potential. So it was nerve wrecking
for me to fulfill the expectations.
do you plan to choose your roles?
don’t want to specify any type of roles.
I want to experiment a bit. I also humbly
request my audience not to expect me to be
the lady love of my hero all the time because
I am the kind of person who gets bored doing
the same thing time and again. So please be
ready to accept me in different roles.
Please don’t expect me to be the
ladylove all the time
Tamil people are more grounded
between various film industries
basic difference is the audience. What audience
wants, the cinema will reflect. Telugu people
like to see larger than life films with over
the top sets and drama. On the other hand,
Tamil people are more grounded and real. They
want to see the reality in movies. Malayalam
is also similar to Tamil and is closer to
reality. Since I have only started working
on my first Malayalam movie, I cannot really
comment on that.