Do not compare Charulatha with Maattrraan: Priya Mani

Last Updated: Mon, Sep 24, 2012 03:20 hrs

She’s back with a bang, playing not one, but two roles in Charulatha, touted as the first Indian movie about conjoined twins and the film released on Friday in all the four south Indian laguages. With such a powerful, heroine backed role in her kitty, no wonder then the pretty Priyamani is on cloud nine. Speaking to, she reveals more about her movie and career…

Why such a gap after Rakta Charitra?
To be honest, after Rakta Charitra, I got many offers but none were to my satisfaction. But I am thrilled to be back with a film like Charulatha! To quote a punch dialogue –“ late aa vandhalum, latesta varunum”!

What made you take it up when it was offered to you?
I have never done a role or a film like this before. I not only get to play a double twin role but it’s also a thriller. I had the gut feeling that Charulatha would be good for my career.

Any preparation went into the role from your side?
If you mean, did I read up on the subject etc no, I did not. I played it by instinct. I knew both the girls had to be portrayed very differently from each other. So we worked on the body language and costumes. I also paid attention to subtle expressions, all with the help of the director.

So do you feel proud to be the heroine of the first Indian movie on conjoined twins?
Obviously I am very happy! The CG work by Ilango and the editing by Don Max have contributed greatly to the film.

Are you choosy about the work you take up?
Well, the script and the character have to be convincing to me to take up a role. Of course the final version on screen is not in my hands but I have to like the role when I take it up. And I loved the roles of Charu and Latha!

What do you have to say about the comparison between Charulatha and Maattrraan?
 Please do not compare my film with Suriya’s Maattrraan. It is a big budget film which I am told is entirely different from Charulatha. The only thing in common is the conjoined twin angle and it stops there.


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