Ananya’s first few films were really unnoticed, but that has not been the case after the release of Nadodigal, and she went on to bag handful of roles in Malayalam and the recent release Shikaar with malayalam super star Mohanlal in the lead directed by the Nadodigal director Samuthirakani has brought her back to the limelight.
What made you act in Shikaar,an out-and-out Mohanlal movie?
Shikaar came to me after Nadodigal. I was really excited to do the role because the character is good. It tells the story of a cop and his family against the backdrop of naxalism. The film is a hit and as a part of the team, I am also happy.
Mohanlal is a great actor but I don’t think his performance overshadowed mine. He is the hero and I play his daughter. I think I have my own space in the film, I also got appreciation for my role. I feel doing this project was the best decision taken by me.
Your experience shooting for Nadodigal?
Nallamma was a gift to me by God. When Samuthirakani sir and his team came down to Ernakulam and chose me, I was really thrilled as it was the Subramaniapuram team. But when I reached Chennai for the shoot, I got a shock. Only then I came to know that the director of the Subramaniapuram was going to act with me in the film. This was more than any newcomer could dream for.
On the first day of the shoot, I was really tense. But the crew was fantastic. At that time my Tamil was horrible but the team patiently taught the language that I never felt as if I was working in an alien language. The character got noticed and Nadodikal was a huge hit.
After the success of Nadodigal, don’t you think you are doing the same kind of roles?
Yes, the films that came to me after Nadodigal were similar ones. But I see this as a blessing. There are many actors to do glamorous roles. Let me do these kinds of roles! But what appeals to me are good characters and good banners.
What are your upcoming projects?
In Malayalam, I have three films lined up for release Ithu Nammude katha, Oru Small Family and Achan Balan Makan Beeman.
I am also a part of the most awaited film of the year, Kandahar that stars Mohanlal and Amitabh Bachchan.