She is doing the action scenes herself in upcoming film Simon Daniel, with Vineeth Kumar, who had directed her in Ayal Njanalla. “I had trained over two weeks for the action sequences, so I hope it looks realistic to audiences. I had made my acting debut through Vineeth chettan’s film and he had asked me to do this film, in which he is returning to acting after a gap. He told me it was a different script and it would be interesting as an actor. I heard the story and was keen to do it,” she says.
Without revealing much, she says she plays a character named Stella in the horror-thriller, directed by Sajan Antony. After practising kalaripayattu for the film, she’s now hooked on to martial arts training, though she’s had to give it a break now because of the lockdown.
She appears in a totally different avatar in her as-yet-untitled debut Telugu film, in which she plays a village girl, though there are “twists and turns”. The film directed by debutant Srinivas has Naveen Chandra in the lead.
How was it working in the Telugu industry? “I am not good with languages, so that was a bit of a struggle,” she says, laughing. “The crew are very down-to-earth, but they take everything a bit more seriously and are more respectful. And I think, that is also just the sort of people they are. I love our movies and our content, but I also felt good to be there.”
According to the actor, who grew up in Dubai, it’s her role in the Rohith VS thriller, Kala, which caught the attention of the Telugu industry. Speaking about working with Tovino, she says, “He’s very comfortable and very committed as an actor. Through the month-long shoot, he was totally in character, walking and talking like Shaji. He is so passionate about film and that’s an inspiration to be around. It was a great opportunity to work with Lal sir, too.”
She says she was surprised to be considered as a judge on the couples-based reality show, Mr&Mrs and wondered if she would be a good fit. “I enjoy acting, and I can be goofy and fun with friends, but I am shy in a new environment. I didn’t feel I have that peppy smartness required for TV. But I’m grateful that the channel assured me that it was just a light-hearted game show and roped me in.”
She enjoyed the chemistry with fellow judge Govind Padmasoorya, and anchors Jeeva and Aparna. They went on to shoot travel videos for social media. “I felt a bit like a Kardashian, but thanks to the casual and friendly banter, viewers have been able to relate better to me,” she says.
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