How did you land the Vikram-Karthik Subbaraj project?
The makers of Mahaan approached me saying Karthik Subbaraj was keen on having me play a role in his upcoming project with Vikram. I had earlier worked in a web series for Karthik’s production company and a huge fan of his work. When I listened to the script, I felt that my role was interesting and immediately agreed to be part of the project. And of course, the film’s lead was Vikram sir. I’ve always wanted the experience of working on such a big project and everything fell in place. Major portions of my character was shot in Chennai.
Tell us about sharing screen space with Chiyaan Vikram and Dhruv…
I had heard a lot about Vikram sir’s energy on set and that he is a friendly artiste to work with. However, experiencing that first-hand was simply great. I have a lot of scenes with him and was in awe watching him act. It was great working with Dhruv, too. I really liked his performance in Adithya Varma and he does look a lot like his dad!
After being on television for decades, tell us about having a successful career in films. Do you think life has changed for the better?
For me, television is still big. It is a place where I earned my name as an actor. Films, however, are a different experience. You get to play different characters in a short span of time, which is not the case with TV serials, where a character is played for five consecutive years. The opportunity to play various characters is driving my journey and I’m not interested in joining the popularity race.
You’ve been playing mature roles since your debut. Where do you get this confidence from and aren’t you afraid of getting typecast?
I don’t want to play that typical heroine character who spends most of the time running around the hero. I want to do interesting roles that challenge me as an actor. In fact, that’s one of the reasons why I took up Radhamohan sir’s Malaysia to Amnesia. I played an innocent housewife and it got a good response. In Oh My Kadavule, too, I played the role of Ashok Selvan’s senior because I knew that the character of Meera would definitely make an impact, which it did.
But do you think the pandemic has affected work?
A few projects did get delayed as we couldn’t begin shooting. See, work was affected globally, so I really can’t complain about our field. However, now I’ve completed most of the projects I had committed to, and for that, I am happy.
Tell us about your upcoming projects…
I am currently working on a thriller starring Bharath. It’s a brilliant script that offers me a strong role. I’ve also completed shooting for a film with Sasikumar sir and another one with Vikram Prabhu. I am also waiting for the release of a film, which has Vidharth in the lead role.
You are quite popular on social media with a huge fan base. Do you have any pressure to be constantly active on social media?
Social media is huge and provides a platform to promote my work and stay connected with fans. I try to reply and interact during my free time. I am not interested in the numbers game to increase followers. So, I don’t feel pressured.
Theatres are open again…
I’m very happy and excited. Many of us missed the movie-watching experience in theatres. It was like we had lost something big in life.