Director Mani Ratnam’s Kadal has signed up Devi for a new role. The film that started it’s shoot in the coasts of Manapad (Thoothukudi district) has Samantha Ruth Prabhu playing lead heroine opposite debutant Gautham, son of actor Karthick. Devi who played Jiiva’s sister in Shankar’s Nanban, is excited on signing up her part.
Shooting her scenes for the film under veteran Mani Ratnam’s, she says, “They have such professionalism about their work and I am so happy to perform for Kadal.” Kadal also marks the coming together of composer AR Rahman and his mentor Mani Ratnam. The director came to know that Devi is part of prominent Tamil theater group Koothu-p-pattarai, and that she runs regular workshops, being an active participant. Mani wanted her to instruct his actors and he kept a close eye on her throughout the workshop. Next thing Devi knew, the director had a small role planned for her, impressed by the way she presented things. Though Nanban proved to be a great spring pad for Devi she has taken up some crucial roles including the suicide bomber Dhanu, in “Mission 90 Days”, years back. She plays hero Gautham’s mother in the upcoming flick Kadal, shot extensively in the backwaters and forts of Kerala.