"I was not at all sure I could pull off the character's darker periods in life, especially the parts where she takes to drinking. I was not sure I could pull this off. But the director (Ashwin Nag) was sure. He had seen my Tamil film Thodari with Dhanush. And the way I performed in one particular song, convinced him I could pull off the younger part of Savitri ma'am's life, her innocence and sense of fun and mischief."