South Queen Trisha is quite excited and thrilled with the pre-release buzz about 96. “I always prefer to watch films with an open mind but the expectations are huge for 96 so I’m little nervous to know the reception. Unfortunately, I will not be here in Chennai for the release as my first-day shoot of Rajini sir’s Petta begins on October 1 in Varanasi. I asked Karthik Subbaraj and his team whether there is any chance to push the shoot by a week but they couldn’t”, quips Trisha.
Talking about 96 and comparing it with her recent releases the actress says: “I always enjoy doing love stories. Maybe because of that, people loved my character in Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaya (VTV). But I can’t compare 96 with VTV because the treatment itself is different. 96 is a mature, subtle love story. When I say mature, it’s not with respect to the age of the characters but the way they emote and express their feelings to each other. The protagonists doesnt say ‘I love you’ but they somehow understand the magic and chemistry which exists between them”.
Trisha also said that 80% of success lies only in strong scripts. “After Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaya, I didn’t get a script on par with that film”, said Trisha who also praised his co-actor Vijay Sethupathi. “I guess you have interacted with him in the past so you know how natural he is even in real life. As we all know, he is an effortless actor and from day one, he made everyone including me comfortable on the sets. A lot of work in 96 were actually done during the pre-production. We interact with each other to perform our scenes. Our director Prem doesn’t like multiple takes so things have to be done with the flow. In fact, there are no big dialogues in the film and most of the time, it’s us who should perform”, she said.
When asked to compare her characters in ’96’ and ‘VTV’, Trisha said: “At least, Jessie from VTV had a few shades of me in real life but Janani is completely contrasting to my persona”, she also praised music director Govind Menon who won 50% of the battle for the team with his poignant tracks.
“Even before the shoot, director Prem introduced us to all the tracks of ’96’ so as actors we felt that songs were perpetually played in the background even if it was a scene without background score. I had all the tracks on my phone before the shoot so the music of 96 has been in my mind”, smiled the actress.
Talking about traveling to a lot of places recently, Trisha said “My friends are actually residing all over the world. Fortunately, my shoot schedules were spaced out so got some time to catch up with old buddies. But for the next two months will be Petta time, I didn’t even allot dates for my previous films”.
Opening about the Telugu remake of ’96’, the Petta actress said: “I also heard the news. The film is too beautiful and it can’t go wrong anywhere. But I’m not sure about the news on the casting yet. I myself feel that it’s difficult to recreate the magic because we all were attached so much to the film that we all choked on the last day of the shoot”.
Trisha signed off by talking about her most anticipated film 'Petta', “All through my career, people kept asking me when am I going to share screen space with Rajini sir, life has become full circle now. I’m a big fan of him so looking forward to the first-day shoot”, signed off the actress.
- Rajasekar S