Typecasting is something I dislike deeply. As an artist, it gives me immense happiness when somebody compliments me about my choice of films and versatility, rather than my looks. I’ve always wanted to make my mark in the industry and I think I have, to some extent, but artists are known for their greed for experimenting and I’m no exception. Success in my definition is when directors wait for you to play a character and when writers build a character with you in mind. I want to be remembered as a performer and not just any other actress and let me tell you when a writer falls in love with an actor, they have no mortal end. They will continue to live on through the stories. I’ve done over 40+ films but let me take you through few of my experimental roles!
Thiruvambadi Thamban – 2012
This was my first ever Malayalam film. Of all the South-Indian languages, I found this one to be incredibly tough. How do you guys like me as a Malayali Kutti? 😉
In Ugramm, I play an innocent and effervescent girl in the film, a character much close to how I am in real life. The audience loved my natural look in the film and I would love to go makeup-less on the screen once again!
In the film Ricky, I essay the role of a village belle Radha who turns into a Naxalite Seetha. Though love is a backdrop of the film, Radha/Geetha’s character stands out for her courage and conviction. I never thought I’d play a Naxalite on-screen!
Abbayi Class Ammayi Mass – 2013
I played an escort in the film. Post-release, a journalist complimented me saying “Your performance on-screen brought dignity to the role of a call girl”. One of the first films where I played an unconventional role. Though it was a simple rom-com, this film cemented my desire for versatile roles.
I personally feel playing a multifaceted character, especially one that is negative gives me more scope to perform. The contrast of expressions, body language, the manipulation, everything makes the character even more interesting. In the movie Samhaara (2018), I play both the heroine and the villain. All-in-all, playing a baddie on-screen gives me a sense of satisfaction and I’d love to do it again!
Next comes Soojidaara. Here I play a simple, middle-aged woman with dreams but whose life is turned upside down due to marital issues. Adapting to a character much older than what I am in real life was a little difficult. This role is one that a lot of women caught in an abusive relationship can relate to.
Bell Bottom 2019
Who doesn’t like a journey back in time? My character in Bell Bottom is the quintessential 80’s girl 💃 From the hair curls, the flower on the side of my hair, the bull nosering, the retro outfits, to using the catchphrase “By the By”, I had so much fun working on this film!
Moving forward to some of my other films. Here comes my most talked about role!
To be continued..