Pretty looking Swathi debuted as heroine in Rattinam, a film which released a few months back and which was also critically acclaimed. Though the film was appreciated by the critics and the print and television media, it didn’t do well at the box-office. She, however, signed up and took on Mannaru as her second film much to the surprise of her many of her contemporaries who dreaded to be paired up opposite Appukkutty.
Appukkutty, who won the national award for ‘best supporting actor’ for his role in Suseendhiran’s Azhagarsamiyin Kudhirai last year, plays the hero in Mannaru. Readers might be awared that Appu isn’t a typical hero material and looks dark, is of less-than-average height with not-so pleasing features. However, like comedian Karunas, Appu too claims that he plays the hero of the ‘script’ and not the film.
Mannaru hit the screens last Friday and is said to be doing not so badly. Swathi reacted casually when it was suggested that she might have to change her name as there was another Swathi (of Subramaniapuram fame) in the industry. “Name hardly matters if one has talent and the will power to succeed,” said Swathi who is presently starring in her third film Oruvar Meedhu Oruvar Saayndhu (OMOS) directed by Balasekaran.
The director, who earlier made the Vijay-starrer Love Today more tha a decade back, was camping in Palani last week along with the crew to hold the film’s shooting schedule but couldn’t go ahead due to Swathi’s absence. When contacted, Swathi’s household said that the actress was down with ‘intolerable head-ache’. The crew then moved to Pollachi and canned sequences not involving Shruti. Some sequences, which were to be filmed in Palani, were also shot in Pollachi.
Whether Swathi was in the ‘learning curve’ to throw starry tantrums of whether she was really not feeling well would be known in a few days time!