Tell us about
the squirrel that became part and parcel of your shoot
"Vijaya Ma'm gave me beauty
the response you got for your character in
am actually very happy with the response the
movie and my character have garnered. I always
wanted to play heroine in a full commercial
film and needed it to be a hit and Aadu Puli
gave me just that. All thanks to Vijay Prakash
Sir for making a different commercial film
with so many characters. I am very blessed
to have acted with senior and popular actors
like KR Vijaya, Prabhu, and Ravi Chandran
so early in my career. My character’s
name in the movie is Anjali and I play the
usual bubbly girl but like other commercial
films were heroines have nothing much to do
but just songs, mine was not like that. My
friends who saw the movie’s poster were
asking me doubtfully if I would have had anything
to do with so many other characters in the
film. But after watching the film they were
convinced. The director has used my skills
and I appear not just in songs but also in
a lot of scenes So that is one good thing
with the movie. My co-star Aadhi’s name
in the movie is Idhayakanni and I like the
name a lot and it sounded very different from
the usual names. The name is also a name of
a MGR film and so that is all the more attractive.
Over all the response is good and I am happy.
(Laughs) Squeaky (name of the squirrel) became like
a part of our Aadu Puli family. We were shooting in
Kumbakonam for the family song, that’s when
the crew members brought her. It was given to Aadhi
first and he brought it to me saying he had a surprise
for me. I was first apprehensive about it because
Aadhi is very naughty and I thought he was going to
play some prank on me. But then when he handed me
squeaky I was feeling happy but I was scared to touch
it first. It was very small and couldn’t even
move for short distances. Later on, Aadhi and I took
turns in taking care of her. She has a special towel
in my caravan and her favorite food is grapes. We
took care of her in such a way that other people started
asking if she is a king or a queen. When we were getting
ready for the shoot with makeup, we would feed her
with milk and get her ready to take her along to the
location. Squeaky has also acted in the Aadu Puli’s
family song. We really had a nice time with her and
miss her a lot now and I would call her Aadu Puli’s
Aadhi is a very nice guy and I am happy to have worked
with him. All my friends told me we both make a good
pair on screen. He is a great actor who has chosen
different roles in his short career like in Mirugam
and in Eeram where he played romactic hero and police
officer. In Aadu Puli he is a commercial hero but
also a guy-next-door and he is done it really well.
He is a good dancer too. In shooting spots he used
to keep saying he cannot dance but he did pick up
the steps quite fast and when I saw him on screen
dancing it looked like he was effortlessly doing it.
So, I think he is a great actor and dancer and a best
friend I made during my shoot. Thanks to Vijay Prakash
sir for giving me an opportunity to work with a nice
actor like him.
People say you
look like Asin. What do you say about that?
have worked with popular senior actors in
this movie. Tell us about them
should thank my lucky stars for the opportunity.
In my first film in Malayalam, I was extremely
happy to have acted opposite a big star Mohanlal
but in the case of Aadu Puli there was not
one but 3 stars- Prabhu sir, Vijaya Maam and
Ravichandran sir. I call Prabhu sir as chocolate
boy because I think he is the eternal chocolate
boy. (Laughs) Also, he emanates such happiness
and energy that even when we are dull, we
all become happy immediately. There is such
a charm and energy in him as soon as he comes
to the location. When I ask him how he manages
to change the environment like that, he says
he will not reveal that secret but that if
he loses that charm he will know it is time
for him to stop acting. Talking about Vijaya
Maam she is very nice. She was like a friendly
mother to me throughout the shoot. If she
sees any programs or movies featuring me she
will immediately call or message saying my
performance was good. To get such a compliment
from an award winning senior actress is a
very happy and exciting thing. She also used
to give me beauty tips and gave me several
face packs that she used to put in olden days
to improve her skin. On the whole, it was
great team to work with and I once again thank
the director and producer for giving me a
role in this film.
"Prabhu sir is the eternal
(Laughs) For the past three years this question has
been behind me. Yes, many have told that I look like
her. Even Vijay sir told that. People who saw me in
movies first said that and I thought I looked like
her on screen sometimes. But then even in person some
of them felt I look like her. I really do not know
what to say about this. If it is a positive thing
then I am happy.
How is Aadu Puli
Movie is doing really good. We went to the theatre
and saw the film as a team and we were surprised to
find even youngsters watching the film and enjoying
it. We were under the impression that only family
audience might enjoy it but I was happy to see youngsters
also there and needless to say the family audience
loved the film. After the movie seeing them enjoy
and not finding it boring, we confidently came and
stood outside the theatre because we knew they will
tell that the movie was good. It is hard for a movie
to do well without the audience’s support and
word of mouth and I am happy Aadu Puli has that.
"Me and Nakul have a lot of
about the actors you have worked with in your
have worked with Bharath, Nakul, Srikanth
and Aadhi. Talking about Bharath, he is a
very nice guy. Muniyaandi Moondram Aandu Vilangiyal
was the first film for me and so there were
several Tamil words and I knew no Tamil at
all. But Bharath helped me out and made me
feel comfortable. In the very first film,
having worked with a prominent hero and director
Thirumurugan I was very happy. Talking about
Nakul, I had fun shooting for the film with
him. We both used to fight a lot and also
we had lot of similarities. Nakul was also
jumpy and talkative like me, so it was a great
experience and I got along with him well.
With Srikanth I worked in Drohi. In that movie
my role was very different from the usual
heroine roles. Even during Aadu Puli promotions,
I was asked and praised for my role in Drohi.
I never expected it will have such a reach;
I just gave my best and got along well with
co star Srikanth. When I look back in future
I will surely think of it as a role to remember.
Why did you accept a role in a commercial film after
doing a unique role in Drohi?
I am looking for variety. In Drohi my role was very
good and strong. In Kandha Kottai it was a solemn
and romantic one, in Aadu Puli it is a bubbly character.
So when I was playing the three roles, I could feel
the difference in each of the role. Also, I wanted
to do a role like the one in Aadu Puli after doing
a rough and tough character in Drohi. I do not want
to be typecast but take up different types of roles.
In future would
you prefer Tamil or Malayalam films?
Actually no preference as such but I have grown comfortable
in the Tamil film industry because I have done four
films already and doing a few more. In Malayalam I
have done just three films. I am doing well in Tamil
and picking up the language also fast maybe because
my mother is from Coimbatore. I am ready to take up
good roles in either of the languages.
Drohi it was an all women crew. How different
was working with such a crew?
is nothing that women can’t do now a
days and Sudha Madam proved that with Drohi.
There was not much difference but just that
we hear several female voices in the locations.
Generally, there are more men in the locations
of other films and we hear more of their voices
but here the director, producer, camera assistants
were all young girls and women. Srikanth used
to be stuck with us and we all used to make
fun of him. He will be waiting for Vishnu
to arrive. It was a great experience shooting
with such a crew. People who saw the movie
were all so surprised that it was made by
a woman with a crew consisting of predominantly
women. Sudha madam proved in the very first
shot that she is a great director.
"Srikanth used to be stuck with
us women and we all used to
make fun of him"
"I want to act with big stars and
also new comers"
actors you want to act with?
want to act with everyone. Be it new faces
or big stars, I want to have the experience
of working with all types of actors. This
is the time where the market for new comers
is really good. They are all accepted by the
audience today unlike in past when new faces
did not make much of an impact.
What are your future projects?
My next release will be a Telugu film with Allari
Naresh. After that Vellore Maavataam with Nandha will
be released soon and shooting will be over for Arjunanin
Kadhali and that should release after that. I haven’t
signed anything after that and I am just waiting for
your Telugu projects and the future there
I have done a Telugu film three years ago
called Sri Mahalakshmi. I am doing this film
with Allari Naresh after quite a long gap.
Allari Naresh is known for his great comic
timing and the movie, I feel, will do really
well. Right now, I love Chennai and I love
working here. I would love to work in Telugu
projects and that was good experience too.
But it is a little difficult to shoot when
I don’t know the language.
"My next release is a Telugu film
with Allari Naresh"
Recent movie that you watched
I watched Aadi Puli recently. (Laughs) Only that,