Karthika plays rural and urban girl at the same time


Karthika in Bharathiraja film

Actress Karthika has said that playing urban and rural girls in different films at the same time is a bit tough for her. Daughter of Radha, one of the most successful heroines in the eighties and early nineties, Karthika debuted as heroine in last year’s super-duper hit film Ko opposite Jiiva and directed by K.V. Anand.

Despite the film’s success, she didn’t go on a signing spree as most newcomers would. Radha’s ich experience would have guided her, it is presumed. She listened to many scripts but said ‘yes’ only to Bharathiraaja’s Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum (AK), a film which has actor-director Ameer and actress Ineya playing significant roles.

Readers might recall that it was Bharathiraaja who introduced Radha in Kollywood with the romantic hit Alaigal Oyvathillai in the early eighties. Besides AK, Karthika’s other assignment includes Dammu in Telugu in which she gets to rub shoulders with the likes of Junior NTR and Trisha. She plays contrasting characters in both the films and opines that it is very taxing indeed.

“While I play a village belle in AK, I play an ultra-modern girl in Dammu. Shuttling between Chennai and Hyderabad to play vastly different roles is indeed a bit taxing. However, I’m not complaining and enjoying the ambience at the shooting spots. I’m also happy to have got such an opportunity very early in my career. In AK, I play four different stages of the character, which would be liked by viewers,” says Karthika.