Tell us about your #PandemicMom…
Firstly, I would like to talk about actress and theatre legend Kalairani ma’am. Director Sudha Kongara ma’am had suggested that I train under her if I was really passionate about acting. After Kalai ma’am came into my life, I can see a lot of changes in myself. In fact, she is the one who guided me like a mother and helped me shape my career. The manner in which she taught acting was more like a healing process. She also helped me learn meditation and reiki to ensure that I keep my mind healthy. She also brought a lot of emotional stability in my life. Acting has transformed me a lot and I owe it to her for the person I am today.
How is she helping you during pandemic?
Kalai ma’am keeps checking on me every now and then. Whenever she learns something new, she shares it with me immediately, be it new breathing techniques, books or anything that would be of help to us. What’s sweet about her is that if she teaches something new, she keeps following it up with me. Though the pandemic has brought a sense of restlessness in everyone’s lives, Kalai ma’am never misses talking to me. Whenever I am on a video call with her, it is always fun. She has a child-like enthusiasm in her, so there is never a dull conversation. Speaking with her lifts my mood.
What are some of the qualities you admire about her?
Discipline. She is someone who gets angry if we’re late to her class even by five minutes. Sometimes you think, what do you lose in five minutes. But she told me that discipline is the first quality you need to possess to be a good human. Today, I ensure I go to shoots on time, or sometimes much before my call sheet time, so that I am not the one wasting anyone’s time on the set.
Tell us about your other pandemic mothers…
Sudha Kongara ma’am. She is like a mother-figure and a mentor to me. She plays an important role in my life and if I were to make any decisions, I will always consult her before making the move. During the pandemic, we had a film release; so, we were always together and constantly stayed in touch.
The other person is my sister-in-law Saindhavi Prakash, who has been a mother-figure to me. In fact, we’ve spent a lot more time together (laughs). She treats me like a child and has been my go-to person whenever I need someone to hear me out. She has been my strength during tough times. Speaking to her instantly makes me feel better. She goes out of the way to ensure I have everything I need. Even today, if I am leaving for a shoot, she knows what I really need before I can jot down a list. She is caring, selfless and puts us before herself.
How do you look at love and strength from strangers during such times?
Much needed, I would say. It is a given that everyone today is going through a tough time. You need to be compassionate and empathise with strangers as you never know what they are dealing with in life right now. And I am so glad we are doing it in our own little ways. If you look at the current scenario, strangers on social media are helping those in need. This is just one such example and I am sure there are so many more. A small act is enough to bring cheer to someone’s life. As a human being, the best you can give and share with strangers is love.