10th February (today) might turn out to be the most significant day yet in the career and life of actress Sonia Aggarwal. This day would witness the theatrical release of her film Oru Nadigaiyin Vakkumoolam (ONV) all over the State of Tamil Nadu and elsewhere. The film has been directed by newcomer Rajkrishna and is about the life and struggle of an actress who finds her way to the top in her profession.
Sonia married director Selvaraghavan, who is her mentor, a few years back after falling in love with him. She, however, divorced him more than a year back. The actress, who debuted with Selvaa’s 7-G Rainbow Colony and enjoyed a successful stint as heroine pairing up with almost all the leading heroes including Vijay and Simbu, didn’t go back to her native Punjab after her divorce and instead chose to stay back in Chennai.
More surprisingly, she tried to have another go at films. Usually, married or divorced actresses are not considered as ‘heroine material’ by Kollywood and elsewhere. Sonia tested waters by playing a brief but effective role in last year’s super-hit film Vaanam and then took up ONV. She has many times gone on record refusing that the film’s script was about her own life.
The film, however, deals with the many compromises and sacrifices an actress has to make to get up the popularity charts and become a top actress. “The sequences showing that losing one’s virginity is a pre-condition to becoming an actress are basically the figment of the director’s imagination. Nothing of that sort happened in my life and I had a very easy entry into films.
“I’m aware that it’s indeed a great thing for me to have landed up the offer to play the heroine in a film after my divorce. I’m sure the audience would love the film and my performance in it. As far as marriage is concerned, I’m not likely to think about it at least for the next 4-5 years,” concludes Sonia Aggarwal.