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In the role of a married girl in Kirumi, actress Reshmi Menon talks about her early days with the tinsel town, how to fake a romantic scene and handle rumours with dignity. Read more to know her judicious responses. 



What made you sign on the dotted line for Inithu Inithu?

I was a teenager when I got the chance to audition for the role. I had seen the original version ‘Happy Days’ and it’s a film I loved watching. Never knew I would reprise the same role that interested me. I signed the film because it felt totally new and fresh. More than that, I also could escape from the usual routine of being a student. The film was produced by Prakash Raj sir. I couldn’t have had a better start.     

Never knew I would reprise the same role that interested me

Why a gap after Theneer Viduthi?

My parents were very particular about my education. I had to finish my college before I could even imagine about acting. So I had to prioritize, get educated first and then get into professional acting. I was also happy about the kind of life I enjoyed during graduation which gave me a good deal of friends. I indeed needed that gap to also decide if acting was really my way of living life in the future.    


My parents were very particular about my education


It’s really interesting to find such good talent from Kerala. How much of a Tamilian are you?

I had the best of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in my life. Though a Malayali, I grew up in Tamil Nadu. I am very much a Tamilian. I have started to think in Tamil. Kerala gave me my looks and the inclination towards performing arts. I fortunately imbibed the rich culture and got exposed to the best of it helping me to survive as an actress.       


I am very much a Tamilian


What sort of a Menon you want to be, considering the other famous Menons in the industry?

On the lines of Unni Menon and Gautham Menon, I want to be the first Reshmi. Sounding too ambitious? Yes, I want to be me.


Knowing Tamil is a boon or a bane for a Tamil heroine?

It’s definitely a boon. The days are changing. Directors are meticulous in casting heroines who know the language for sure. Though the process of acting is beyond words, emoting the right way and speaking the dialogue properly is very much essential for an actor. I’m on the course of signing few Telugu films and I want to know the nuances of the language before I take up the roles.    



Only because of your looks, you might have managed to earn an audition. So, before the talent is being tested, you are judged for your looks. Is it okay to go by the selection of a heroine like this?

It’s sad. The process of scouting for actors, especially heroines go by the protocol you had mentioned. Though looks get you an entry card for an audition, it is the talent that gets you the role and also the talent that fetches your future opportunities as well. There are also certain kinds of roles where you are being considered for the kind of look you possess than the talent that’s still being tested. As long as heroines are symbolized like pretty dolls, this might not find an end.  

It is the talent that gets you the role


Why did you do Kirumi?

I liked the role. Matured, calm and composed. Not much of a fuss. She doesn’t help people cross the road or sound stupid. I take up roles that interest me than what it would do to my career graph.  


What is your reference point for a romantic scene?

(Laughs) There are no reference points for that. You just fall in love with the person standing next to you and genuinely fake it, so the audience believes it. There might be a bad day and you still might have to pull off the scene. So what I do is instantly fall in love and then snap out of it after the shot is done.

What is the annoying part of  being a heroine?

Not just for me, but for most of the artists, the annoying part is waiting for the shot to get ready. You might have gotten into the mood and will want to enact the scene, but there might be some last minute delay because of some unavoidable preparation. That’s when I get restless and irritated.    

Annoying part is waiting for the shot to get ready. 


Your role in Urumeen?

I was in awe of the script when I read it. It’s a very complicated storyline with lots of importance to the characters. I don’t just play the love support but there is more to me which I can’t reveal now.  

About the baseless rumors?

The biggest help you can do to the rumor is not consider it. Only when you try responding and take the time to react, it becomes a fact. I never take it personally and I don’t intend answering them also. Aren’t women at work place gossiped about? It’s just part of the game. You need to endure and ignore.  

 It’s just part of the game.


How competitive are you? What is that extra edge you possess as an actress? 

Is this the kind of role I want to do or is this the role I should’ve done it? This is what I always feel. Can that be called competitive? To the question, no, I’m not competitive. But I like to give my best whenever I’m asked to. My answer to the latter part of the question would be my ability to learn quickly and deliver. From what my director tells me, I tend to grasp their briefing and reflect it in my performance at a faster rate.


I’m not competitive



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