is a multifaceted artist. She is awaiting her next
release Vishwaroopam with Kamal. In an email interview
she shares with behindwoods about the film, her projects
and much more.
How did you get the role in Vishwaroopam?
I was approached for the film by the executive producer
who had worked with me previously on another film. Then
I met Kamal sir and Gauthami ma'am, and a few days later
it was finalized. Simple as that! No special formula.
I would like to believe that
Kamal hired me for my acting
won Kamal’s heart when you sang ‘Who’s
the hero’ for Manmadhan Ambu. Can you
recall the incident? Does this have anything
to do with your current role?
That's funny! If I had won Kamal sir over as
a singer, then he would have hired me to sing
for his film. But I haven't sung anything in
Viswaroopam; I've only acted in it. So I would
like to believe that he hired me for my acting
skills and nothing else!
us more about your role in the film
You will have to wait for the film.
been portrayed as dancing with Kamal in the film. How
was it and was it tough to match the skilled dancer
It was the most exciting and enjoyable part of the film
for me. And I have to say that Birju Maharaj-ji and
Kamal sir were very patient with me and everyone was
pleased with the end result. It’s not a typical
song choreography; the audience will see that for themselves
when they watch the film.
was it acting with Shekar Kapoor?
Shekar is one of the most charming and intelligent men
I've ever met. He is so down to earth and utterly chilled
out, in spite of his Oscars! I had great fun working
with him, and his adorable daughter Kaveri used to be
my pet on the sets while we were shooting in the US.
you share screen space with Pooja Kumar?
Yes I did. We both started shooting for the
film around the same time. And Kamal sir has
created a very interesting chemistry between
both our characters. She is a very hard-working
actor and I hope she gets a lot of work in the
Indian film industry. She deserves it.
Pooja is a very hard-working
Kamal is way ahead of this
facet of Kamal do you admire the most- the actor
or the director?
It's a tough choice! But being an actor myself,
I would choose the director in him. He is
way ahead of this industry and it was an absolute
pleasure to be directed by someone with such
a clear vision of what he wants. And the great
thing is that Kamal sir has the knowledge
and expertise to translate that vision onto
the screen, which is where lesser directors
usually fall short.
did your theatre experience help you in this film?
Kamal sir and I had a discussion on whether theatre
experience helps a film actor in any way. And the truth
is, they are two entirely different mediums. The only
way in which theatre helped me is that it gave me the
confidence to get in front of the camera, because being
onstage in front of hundreds or thousands of people
is far more intimidating. Having said that, the ability
to emote is quintessential to being an actor, whether
you learn it from being on stage or being in front of
the camera, doesn't really matter.
have sung a peppy number in Billa 2. How was it to work
Yuvan gave me one of my best songs ever-Idhu Varai.
I will always be grateful to him for that, and will
sing for him anytime, anywhere!
you think your anglicized voice is your biggest
! I always thought it was a disadvantage. There
are very few songs that suit my voice. But when
the right song comes along, music directors
call me because they believe that no one else
can sing it the way I do. And I'm thankful to
them for that.
No one else can sing the way I
being among the rare tall heroines, do you have any
comment to make on the heights of our popular heroes?
Have you missed out on opportunities to play the lead
female role due to your height?
Yes I have, on quite a few occasions actually! But I've
also noticed that once a heroine gives a few commercial
hits, people forget about height, weight etc. So there's
no straight answer to that question! It's more to do
with luck and being in the right place at the right
I will only be dubbing for myself
are a voice artiste of great caliber. Would
you give your voice for anyone else?
I have dubbed for myself in the Tamil and
Hindi versions of Viswaroopam. And in future,
I will only be dubbing for myself, unless
a fantastic animated film comes my way, because
I would love to do a cartoon voice... It will
be so much fun!
have a reputation of working only with quality
technicians be it Pachaikili or Aayirathil Oruvan
or Vishwaroopam or Mankatha? Is this a happy
coincidence or you have planned your career
in such a way?
a mixture of both. I've said NO to a lot of
films, even at the risk of sitting at home with
no work. I am just built that way, money doesn't
motivate me, only good work does! But my new
resolution is to say yes to films more often!
My new resolution is to say yes
to films more often
us something about your film Pudhiya Thiruppangal?
This is a film made by a small group of people with
great conviction and belief in the film and the message
it conveys. And it was wonderful to work with such honest
people. I have met wonderful people and made long-lasting
friends on that set like Madhu sir, Sharadha and Ruku.
And I look forward to working with them again!
the projects that you’re working on now?
Nothing at all ! I have been listening to a few scripts,
but I haven't found anything that swept me off my feet.
So I'm happy to wait until the right script and the
right team comes my way. Till then I have my hands full
with promo events for my soon-to-be-released films and
my music performances.