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Oviya is like a breath of fresh air in Kollywood! Her debut film Kalavani is a hit and her performance has drawn her plenty of appreciation. The pretty actress who cast a spell with her innocence and realistic acting will soon be seen in many more films soon. We catch up with her.
How did you get your first break?

I was modeling in Kerala and have done a lot of ramp shows and textile commercials. Director Sargunam spotted me and I took a screen test for my role in Kalavaani and I passed.

What was your Kalavani experience?

It was a very nice role of a homely and charming Thanjavur girl. Working on the sets was fun as I would get ragged by everyone. It was like being with the family. When we were shooting in Thanjavur, we were overwhelmed with the crowd that came to watch us. They had never seen a film shooting before and were very supportive and helpful.

What was the toughest scene?

It was the scene where I had to get on a moving bus. It was really tough. I fell down and got bruised. I cried a bit. Some of the initial scenes in the film were shot when I had fever and that was tough too; I just had injections and carried on.

How was it working with Director Sargunam?

He is very hard-working and it was very comfortable. He teaches you very well and it was like being with family. At the end of the film, he told me that my performance was good and natural. I feel proud.

What is the response you received to your role?

Director Mani Ratnam saw the songs of the film and told me they were nice and asked me to keep it up. Many people told me I was natural. On networking sites, I had feedback that the role felt real. Many related to me and said I resembled their `pakkathu veetu ponnu’ or lover. I was happy.

Director Mani Ratnam saw the

songs of the film and told me

they were nice and asked me to

keep it up

Tell us about your role in Muthuku Muthaga?

Shooting for this film is yet to start. I play a character where there is both a village and a modern city girl portion.

What is your role in Sevanu like?

The film is being directed by Director Jeeva and I have a performance-oriented role, a little mature character.

What is the difference you find working in Tamil and Malayalam films?

There is no major difference between the industry working styles; the style of working depends on the director. The Tamil industry is bigger though.

Do you speak Tamil?

Yes, I learnt speaking by watching many Tamil films. Besides, the language is similar to Malayalam. I like the people in Chennai, they are very nice.

How do you find Raavanan?

It’s a very nice film and I like the way every shot was done.

have not received any scripts that

call for glamour

What is your take on glamour?

So far I have not received any scripts that call for glamour, when I get such a script, I will think about it.

What is your style?

I like wearing simple jeans paired with T-shirts.

Who are the stars you would like to work with?

All the famous stars..

What would your dream man be like?

My dream man has to be simple, understanding and have a good sense of humor.

What is your dream role?

I do not have anything specific, just that it must be performance-oriented.

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