Firebrand on screen and off it too, Amala Paul has come a long way from films like Sindhu Samaveli, Mynaa to biggies likeThalaivaa. It hasn’t exactly been a fairytale ride for her. But the youngster has found her way to the top league of actresses in the industry today due to hard work and extraordinary acting skills.
Dressed in a pink T-shirt and tracks, the gorgeous star sits down for a candid chat with Sridevi Sreedhar . Excerpts
What was the experience of working with Ilayathalapathy Vijay in Thalaivaa?
I have said this before too that it is a dream come true for any heroine to work with Vijay. If there is one thing that I learned from him is his complete dedication to the director and he never asks ‘why’ or ‘how’ to the director. He doesn’t mind giving as many takes if the director wants and never questions. I’ve heard that all superstars interfere with the script and screen space of other actors in their films but Vijay was so non-interfering and treated all of us with respect and we all were like one big family during the shoot.
So you are on cloud nine after the appreciation flowing in, about your performance in Thalaivaa?
Everything happened very quickly in my life. There has been much appreciation and a lot of work coming my way. It’s all been positive and I love the way my life has suddenly shaped up. I hope it sustains.
How did you land up in Thalaivaa?
(Laughs) When I look back, I think that I was destined to play the role of Meera Narayanan. It was during the promotions of Deivathirumagal in Malaysia that director Vijay told me about this script and the role of a dancer in it who is an undercover police officer. I was hooked and later after many months he told me that Vijay will be the hero. But I couldn’t give immediate dates and I was so upset. But due to certain other factors the film got delayed and I could dole out dates for it. I owe it all to my director Vjay.
Was it a challenge playing Meera?
It is a well written role and that too in a Vijay film. Normally in superstar films heroines are mere eye-candy and will be there is some comedy, love scenes and three songs. But my character in Thalaivaa travels throughout the story and has three dimensions. It was a meaty role sans any glamour and please note there was no cleavage or midriff shown in any of the songs.
It is your first police officer role. Comment
Yes and that too a Mumbai police. In the first half I play this normal bubbly girl but suddenly I had to don this uniform and look serious. I worked hard on body language and it was challenge.
You danced like a dream with Vijay?
I always like to take up challenges and to match Vijay was not easy. He was very encouraging and I have to confess that it was extremely taxing for me. I even sprained my back but we were able to give the best results. Have to thank Brinda and Gayathri master for being so creative. And in any case, Vijay’s dancing is infectious, as he can be so motivating.
Do you think it’s easier to work with newcomers like Atharvaa than established stars like Allu Arjun and Vijay.
I really can’t say that. But I guess working with big stars would be quicker because they’d know what they are doing.
How did you cope during these difficult periods when Thalaivaa did not release in Tamilnadu
It’s disheartening that all this happened. But it was my fans and friends all across the globe who kept me going, through their opinion and encouragement on Twitter.
Hansika, Shruthi, Samantha-Does cut-throat completion between actresses create insecurity?
No, I am a secure person. I care only about my work and films. There are enough films for all of us and I am friendly with everyone.