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Pia Bajpai stole the limelight with her livewire performance in K V Anand’s Ko. She is also known for her portrayals in Poi Solla Porom, Aegan, Goa, Bale Pandia to name some.

In her upcoming Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathey, directed by Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, Pia plays the lead role that is said to be completely different from her earlier ones.

In an exclusive conversation with Senior Editor Jyothsna Bhavanishankar, Pia Bajpai discusses about Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathey, Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, the different film industries and many more.



How did Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathey (NVM) happen?


It just happened! I know Lakshmy Ma’am (Lakshmy Ramakrishnan) very well. She is very talented, sensible, soft-spoken and there is so much of honesty in her work. I saw Aarohanam in Delhi and became her huge fan. What a beautiful film that was! I wanted to work with her ever since I saw the film.


Later I saw Lakshmy Ma’am’s tweet that she was planning to direct her second film. After seeing the tweet I messaged her saying that I am not a big star but if she thought that there was a suitable role for me in her story, I was ready to work with her any time. And one day she called saying that I am in her film. I still remember that day. I was so excited that I started jumping because I knew what I was getting into.

Lakshmy Ramakrishnan is very talented, sensible and soft-spoken 


Tell us about your character in Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathey


I can't tell you much about my character as of now but I can assure you that it's a very very powerful role. I used to get goose bumps in so many scenes when I was performing. It’s not a bubbly role at all and as an actress I knew I had pushed the envelope to new heights.


How was it to work with Lakshmy Ramakrishnan?


I had always wanted to learn acting but due to paucity of time and finances, I could not. But I feel that God had heard my inner voice and had sent me to Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathey sets. I entered into the sets of NVM as an actress who is known for her bubbly and innocent type of roles but came out completely changed.


I know there is still a long way to go but I had an opportunity to explore my potential. I surrendered myself completely to Lakshmy Ma’am and the results are too good.  I now feel content as an actress!! Lakshmy Ma’am is very intelligent and a sorted director. She gives a lot of freedom to perform. It was one of the most beautiful and learning experiences for me. 

God had heard my inner voice and had sent me to Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathey sets


Was there some kind of home work needed for your role in Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathey?


There was no home work as such but it was a mentally exhausting experience. For the first time in my career, I am playing a role which was going through many ups and downs in life. Yes, physically it was not taxing but mentally it was.


Any memorable experience during the shooting of Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathey?


Nothing in particular but the whole shoot was memorable for me. It was one of those rare occurrences when artists, especially heroines get these kinds of roles.


Your take on working with a woman director


Every heroine should do at least one film with a woman director. It’s totally a different environment on the sets. There was lot of respect. It was all well organized and I sensed a different kind of comfort factor.

Every heroine should do at least one film with a woman director


On your co-stars


Sruthi (Sruthi Hariharan) gives a lot of positive vibes. We didn't shoot much together but spent time in the vanity van and got along well.  She is a very hard working, talented and a cool girl. It was good to meet and work with her.


Shabeer is a very talented guy. He was initially shy with me but later on we became good friends. You may not believe this but we exchanged our numbers only on the last day of shoot.


Viji plays my mom in the film. I had so much of fun with her. Although we were playing mom and daughter on screen, we became very good friends. In some scenes when we had to fight, it was tough to control our laughter. I have seen her work in Aarohanam and was completely blown away!!! And in this film also it is going to be awesome. I am very happy to have shared screen space with her. 

Shabeer and I exchanged our numbers only on the last day of shoot


You have worked in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu. Can you compare the industries?

I think every industry functions in the same manner and there is not much difference. According to me people define the industry and therefore it totally depends on the kind of people you work with. It is wrong to say that one industry is more organized than others. Each industry is well organized in its own way. And of course one’s experience also counts. When we have a good experience, it becomes good industry for us. For me, it has been a good journey and it still goes on.

Every industry functions in the same manner


Your future projects


Nerungi Vaa Muthamidathey, Kelvi (Malayalam) and X-the film (indie)


You had worked with Ajith in Aegan. Can you share some working experience with the actor?


It was a beautiful experience to have worked with Ajith sir. He is someone I look up to. While I was working in Aegan, we sometimes used to chat in between shots. He has given some priceless advice and trust me, I still follow them! I have huge respect for him. I am his fan too but his hit or flop status does not have any effect on me. My admiration and respect for him is beyond that. I am happy that I got an opportunity to work with him.

Ajith's hit or flop status does not have any effect on me


You are talented and good looking. In fact you stood out in Ko. Do you feel that your potential has not been exploited properly in Tamil film industry?

Thanks for your compliments! Acting is a journey to me. It's like exploring a completely new road. Sometimes you reach your destination fast and sometimes you have to walk a little more. As long as I am walking, I am fine. I have been part of big films with good roles. By God’s grace, people have loved my work. Doing few films is completely my decision. I don't want to be part of all films; I want to be part of good films because I know one is as good as one’s last film. I am sure in future people will see me in different roles. I am quite happy with how things are now and I have no complaints at all.

Doing few films is completely my decision


How are you in real life– bubbly, lively or solemn, serious?


It's a tough question! I am a mixture of everything. My behavior depends on what kind of people I am dealing with, but I think I am a little introverted. I choose my people. I never fight and you will never see me shouting at all. If ever I get angry, upset or if someone hurts me I disappear from their life or become silent. I really invest in my people; so when I say I am there for them I really mean it!!

If someone hurts me I disappear from their life


How do you unwind?


I work out. I know it sounds weird but working out gives me relaxation. If I am restless or anything negative happens, I go out to the gym, put my headphone on and run. It clears my mind, body and soul. I read a lot. I don't watch TV much but I prefer to watch films at home. I am not a party person. I love to stay at home and invite my friends sometimes.


Wishing Pia the very best in all her endeavors!





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