An actor/actress needs a foothold to enter the film industry and once he/she goes on to become a leading artiste, the foothold is not always thought of with a sense of gratitude. The same is the case with Amala Paul, who started off her stint in the Tamil film industry with a couple of non-starters in Veerasekaran and Sindhu Samaveli before hitting big time with Prabu Solomon’s Mynaa.
Amala has since managed to bag some ‘big’ films opposite frontline heroes including Deiva Thirumagal with Vikram, Vettai with Arya, a couple of Telugu films opposite top stars such as Ram Charan Teja and Allu Arjun. She is currently awaiting the release of Thalaivaa, easily her biggest film as on date as she is paired opposite Vijay, and another film opposite ‘Jayam’ Ravi titled Nimirndhu Nil directed by Samuthirakani.
Amala is extremely happy that her latest Telugu film Iddarammayilatho opposite Allu Arjun is doing very well at the box-office. The film has Catherine Tresa as the other heroine but Amala’s role is said to be a dominant one, made so at the behest of Arjun. Amala, however, regrets that she had to star in films such as Sindhu Samaveli early in her career.
The controversial Sindhu Samaveli, directed by Samy, had Amala having a ‘forbidden relationship’ (physical) with her father-in-law (played by Ghajini). The film created a huge furore at the time of its release and bombed miserably at the box-office as people outrightly rejected the film. “Wherever I go, I’m asked about Sindhu Samaveli which wasn’t my choice but was a film which was ‘thrust’ on me early in my career. I now deeply regret starring in the film,” says Amala.