It is a mixed emotion of happiness and fear. Happiness - because I feel blessed to have my movie coming out in the theatre. At the same time, I fear the uncertainty around the audience coming to the theatre during a pandemic.
I am a hardcore film buff & I never miss a chance to catch a film in the theatre. So all you can hope & wish for is that people take all the precautionary measures while coming to the cinema hall.
I watched the preview of Kalathil Santhipom & I am almost confident that this would be a film people would like to come & watch as it's light, funny & entertaining. 2020 has been difficult for all of us & this could be our chance to unwind a bit.
I'd like to add that I would have completely supported the producer if he had taken a different decision (an OTT release) because what matters is that we stand together with the team & support the film as a whole.
Every industry is going through a revamp & is working on an alternative strategy post-Covid. Have you thought about a new strategy for yourself as an actress?
About a year ago, there were a lot of confusions & uncertainties all around. Even though people were almost getting accustomed to a complete change in the scenario, I strangely kept telling myself that the theatres will be back & not a lot is going to change for the industry. This thought was mainly based on the fact that cinema cannot exist without people & people cannot exist without entertainment! We all need that once in a 2 weeks visit to the theatre.
Having said that, for me, nothing changed. The platform on which my film releases doesn't change my body of work. I like to perform, I love to be in front of the camera & all I want to do is to deliver good content, that's it. So frankly the platform doesn't matter. I'm happy if it's OTT or theatres.
One small thing that changed for me was I didn't want to rush anymore. I only want to be part of good films & take it slow.
For an actor does the platform alter their approach to their art?
I don't know about others because every actor's approach is different. According to me, it's all the same. Irrespective of the platform, what you do on a shooting spot doesn't change much. However, the difference is for the audience, all the alterations happen at the receiving end for the viewers only. But we need to remember that our people are very adaptive, we now see people wearing masks & coming to the theatres so I think we are all fine.
Your opinion about a multi-starrer. The pros & the cons
I have always been part of only movies with serious content & just a few stars. I even got advised by a director to choose roles that aren't so serious and ones that suit my age. Though I found it offensive initially, I do understand where he was coming from. So it was exactly at the same time Kalathil Santhipom came to me and I wanted to take it up.
Some multi-starrer commercial films have a lot going on in the story. This, unfortunately, reduces a heroine to just an eye candy who appears for songs & a couple of scenes. But with Kalathil Santhipom the heroines' characterization is so solid that it diverges away from being there for the sake of it.
According to me, if somebody can notice my character in a film irrespective of it being a multi-starrer or a regular star-driven film is all that matters. I hope Kalathil Santhipom is one such film for me.