Shanta plays a retired headmistress in this slice-of-life drama. “She has everything in life, but there is an unexplainable void. Her dynamics with her children has ups and downs, and she becomes bitter and unhappy with her life. It is a complex character. Only when I started filming did I realise how strong the role is. She is someone who is completely different from who I am in real life. So, it was a real challenge to play her,” says Shanta.
On working with Vasantabalan, she says, “Oh, he’s a lovely person. I knew Rajiv even before we did STM. But my first interaction with Vasantabalan happened when he came home to narrate this script. He made me go through some dialogues before the actual shoot and it became easy for me. I come from a dance background, where our expressions are a little more dramatic as we perform on stage for an audience of 1,000 or more. Here, I had to tone down my expressions. Even if my eyebrows are raised a tad extra, Vasantabalan would immediately tell me to dial it down. I had to unlearn a lot to play this character.”
The dancer has almost finished shooting for her portions. “I have only a couple of days of shooting left. With the second wave, we don’t know when the shoots will resume again,” she says, and adds, “It is a young team, who are enthusiastic and friendly. I had a lovely time working with them.”
The shoot happened in a safe environment, she adds. “We shot in a huge house in OMR and the team took care of us so well. There were hardly a few people on the set and we followed all the safety protocols,” she says.