Bhatia, who made people sit up and take notice of her
in the Rmkv advertisement when she confidently walked
to seek the hands of her beloved from his father, is
on a roll these days with respect to her career. This
talented girl has an enviable array of projects lined
up in her kitty. She will be seen in meaningful projects
like Gandhi Krishna’s Ananda Thandavam with debutant
Siddharth, with Surya in Ayan and with Dhanush in Padikkadavan.
Besides this, she is slated to do Kareena Kapoor’s
role in the Tamil version of Jab We Met with Bharath.
Asins and Nayantharas. Here is a fresh young actress
from the north who is out to sweep everyone off their
feet with her acting skills and looks.
Tamannah, the most happening actress of today, who is
all geared up for a big and successful round in Kollywood
in a freewheeling chat with Pradeep Sebastian, our senior
is a very wonderful human being”
What are your current projects?
Currently I have a mixed bag of goodies.
Ananda Thandavam, an intense love story,
Ayan, a commercial film, Padikkadavan, an
out and out comedy and a Telugu film, Konchem
Ishtamga Konchem Kashtamga, a feel good
love story with Siddharth. I play a very
sweet character in it.
It is the
novel of Sujatha sir and I think the way
director Gandhi Krishna has perceived the
essence of this novel- Pirivom Sandippom-
is really amazing. This film is about unconventional
love. It is not your boy meets girls-problems
arise- problems diffused-happy ending. In
Ananda Thandavam, due to the diverse nature
of the lead characters- Raghu and Madhumitha-
their love is also different which has not
come across in the silver screen for quite
some time. The uncommon way in which they
perceive love is what makes the film different.
I think Gandhi
sir wanted this story to be his first project
and has been at it for a long time. I think
the way he shot the film is remarkable and
the visual appeal is outstanding.
in Ananda Thandavam
shot a lot of scenes next to the
water falls in Papanasam, Ooty;
we also went to the US for a month
to shoot for the second half.
Normally, people go to overseas
locales for a song to add glamour
or color to the film but in Ananda
Thandavam, most of the scenes
were shot at very difficult locations.
In one of the scenes, the entire
crew was in knee deep water near
a dam. Everyone worked very hard
to beautify every scene. The locations
aided to get the feel and flavor
of the scene and played a pivotal
role in bringing out the emotions
while focusing around the two
lead characters and their lives.
Any interesting anecdotes from
the Ananda Thandavam shoot?
were shooting in New York for
the climax of Ananda Thandavam.
It was an important and lengthy
scene and we just had a day to
complete this. I was preparing
for this for quite some time.
When I went to the sets and started
performing my scenes I struck
the right note and was completing
my portion in just a single take.
In the second or third shot, tears
welled up in Gandhi sir’s
eyes and he started crying. He
was wearing glares and did not
want me to see that he was crying.
The light crew is from the US
and though they did not understand
the language, they were also moved.
Basically the scene and content
was such. I don’t want to
go in detail as it would be like
revealing the film. Gandhi sir
was moved and I was glad that
I could reach his expectations.
sir started crying”
About Madhumitha in Ananda Thandavam
When I first heard the script of Ananda
Thandavam, the character of Madhumitha appealed
to me and I thought she was simple to be
portrayed. But when I went on the sets,
I realized she is far more complicated than
what I thought her to be when I heard the
script. That’s when I started doing
my homework to transform into the Madhumitha
of Sujatha’s novel. She has a small
beautiful world in which she lives happily
and is contented with herself.
your role in Ayan?
In Ayan, I
play the role of a very strong girl who
sticks to her word and is very stubborn.
She is self disciplined, independent, street
smart and knows what she wants.
I did Happy Days and Kalloori, the cast
and crew was absolutely new. Now I have
an opportunity to work with an experienced
and talented actor like Surya in Ayan under
the able direction of K V Anand sir. I think
Surya is an absolute gentleman and a down-to-earth
person. He is in the industry for around
a decade and is a versatile actor. The most
important thing is that he is very very
nice human being and I see the way he moves
with his fans outside the shooting hours.
His fans love him very much. He is somebody
I look up to and I have lots to learn from
him. I am really fortunate to be working
for A V M banner. We are all working hard
and I am sure Ayan will be an enjoyable
Padikkadavan and Dhanush
film I am working currently is
Padikkadavan with Dhanush and
it is an out and out comedy. Suraaj
is directing it. Dhanush is a
very jovial and energetic person.
He is so natural that when he
is talking, you don’t know
if he is saying his dialogues
or he is talking to you. Comedy
comes very naturally to this actor
and his timing is fabulous. For
me this is my first comedy film
and it was nice working with Dhanush.
Padikkadavan should hit the screens
by December. I am looking forward
to that film too.
character in Padikkadavan
Padikkadavan, I play this bubbly
cheerful character. It is again
based on a love story but within
a commercial framework. It is
a film where you can take your
popcorn, relax, laugh your heart
out and have a three hour entertainment
away from your worldly worries.
I have not done comedy before
and it was new to me especially
after doing a very serious and
intense role in Ananda Thandavam,
this was very different and the
audience will get to see a different
is the most difficult role so
far in your career?
am playing as many different characters
as possible right now. I am choosing
it in such a way to ensure that
I am not a mere glam doll who
appears for song sequence and
disappears. I am looking at characters
who have immense potential and
scope for performance and there
is equal balance of role between
hero and heroine. I also look
at a strong story line. I will
be doing the Tamil version of
Jab We Met, about a powerful woman
character who loves herself. Kalloori
and Happy Days gave me a college
going girl image but the present
films will showcase me in a different
way. In a way, audience will keep
seeing me in different dimensions.
But by far the most complicated
character that I had portrayed
in my career will be that of Madhumitha’s
in Ananda Thandavam. I had to
work on her body language, the
way she spoke etc. I worked very
cautiously on her character. When
you see the movie, especially
girls, would relate to some aspect
of Madhumitha in themselves. Every
woman would go through what Madhumitha
goes through in her life at some
point, and the film deals with
Kamal calls you to join the Marmayogi
with an actor like Kamal Haasan
would be great. He has given so
much to the film industry and
I would love to work with him
if any such offer comes my way.
As of now I am committed to a
few projects and my hands are
full. If timing works out, I would
love to do a project with Kamal.
are your future projects?
now I have Jab We Met in Tamil
and I will be busy till July 2009.
I am currently concentrating on
the projects that I am involved
with. Later on I will hear newer
want to dub for
you face any language problems?
have been in the Tamil film industry
for the past three years. Initially,
it was very very difficult to
get through my lines in Tamil
and I had to work very hard. In
those days I used to be sitting
with my lines and mugging. But
now I am more comfortable and
can perform more easily. I now
realize that language is not a
barrier to emote.
you have plans to dub for your
tried my voice for dubbing in
Ananda Thandavam and I think Gandhi
sir approved it. They are considering
whether to use my voice or not.
I am working hard towards learning
the language and pronunciation.
I am going to be trying till I
get it perfect. As I have many
commitments I am not able to devote
much time on this. As regards
Telugu, I am learning the language
and hopefully I will be dubbing
in Telugu soon.
do you choose your scripts?
I choose a script, I look at who
is the director and then decide.
Cinema is a director’s medium
and vision unlike theatre which
is an actor’s medium. In
cinema when the camera rolls on,
it is the work of the director
and I view it that way. Then I
look for my character.
do you think of the actors of
think the industry is very fortunate
to have so many gifted actors.
Right now I am working with Surya
and Dhanush who are amazingly
versatile. I like Vijay who is
a very good dancer and I am a
huge fan of his dance. I am going
to be working with Bharath and
Siddharth in Telugu.
am a huge fan of
knows many aspects of film making”
does Siddharth come across to
understands the film medium very
well. He has years of experience
and knowledge behind the camera.
He is so involved in every aspect
of the shot besides acting. Cinema
is basically team work and working
with different people is a learning
experience and interesting by
you dating anyone now?
have been acting since I was thirteen
years old and I have been busy
since then. I love my job. It
is a new experience every day
and I find it very adventurous.
I have not had the time to catch
up with my friends or be involved
in dating. I believe that everything
has a time in life and when the
time is right and when I am ready
I may probably think about these
things. Right now my priority
is my career and I wish to do
as many good films as possible.
do you do in your free time?
watch a lot of films in my free
time. When I get time I watch
movies and catch up on my sleep.
That’s what I have been
film which you saw and liked in
the recent times.
Or Something Like It. It spoke
about life in general and how
you should live every moment to
its fullest. Any day could be
the last day in your life. So
live it to the maximum. I think
they should make this in our Indian
language. It is a wonderful film.
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