Your plate seems full now, with a lot of good projects. Do you foresee yourself as one of the most sought-after actresses in tinsel town in the near future?
I don’t know how all this is happening and how long it will last. Before Neram released, I hardly had a clue what a big success the fi lm was going to be. It’s just that I am a little nervous now, but I am also happy about it all. It does feel great.
A line-up of the projects that you are doing with your role in each one of the film.
It’s still in the discussion stage, but I might do a fi lm with Jiiva, directed by Mohan, after Raja Rani releases. And I am doing three projects in Malayalam. Right now, I am doing Salala Mobiles, a fi lm with Dulquer Salmaan. My upcoming projects include Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah, Raja Rani and Naiyyandi.
Rumour mills are abuzz that you are now refusing to do Malayalam fi lms anymore. Comment.
Well, I don’t know, I think it has just worked out that way. Somehow when it came to the Malayalam projects, I didn’t have the required dates to allocate. Otherwise, there is nothing like saying “no” to any fi lm project in any particular language. I would love to work in any good project that comes my way in any language, be it Malayalam or Tamil.
You started off your career with Malayalam fi lms; in fact, you began as a child artiste yourself. Apart from experience, what has Malayalam cinema given you?
The most important takeaway for me as an actor working in Malayalam fi lms has been that I got tremendous confi dence to face the camera. Indeed, full credit to Malayalam cinema for that!
People must constantly be telling you how pretty you are. What feature do you get complimented for the most?
My eyes. A lot of people, even my co-stars, tell me I have beautiful eyes.
Tell us about your family and how they have supported you.
I was born and brought up in Dubai. I studied there. It’s been three years now since I came to Trivandrum. I have a younger brother; he’s just a year younger to me. It really is a big deal to be in the movies. My parents are very supportive.
Tell us about your co-stars.
In Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah, my fi rst movie in Tamil, I have worked with Jai. I was very particular about following the language. We were all Tamil-speaking people there and it was good experience. Next is Naiyyandi with Dhanush. He is a spontaneous actor. He always gives you the bandwidth to perform. Raja Rani with Arya is fabulous! (I remind her of Arya’s comment about her being a chatterbox, which was why she would not put on weight…) It’s not that I don’t put on weight because I am a chatterbox. I tend to talk a lot, especially around people I am comfortable with. I think I’m going to kill Arya for that comment (chuckles).
What kind of projects and roles are you looking forward to?
I would like to play roles I am comfortable with and work with new directors and actors, in different languages. I want to be in movies that offer ample scope for performance. But I don’t have any dream role as such.
Are you okay with playing a supporting cast in fi lms?
There are two heroines in Raja Rani. Chennaiyil Oru Naal had a multi-star cast. So it all depends upon who I play in the movie and, how important the character is. Whether it is the second lead or a supporting role in a multi-starrer, it all depends on the character I play in the movie and the signifi cance it has.