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Updated: May 22, 2013 19:17 IST

Acting n’ Art

DEEPA VENKATRAMAN
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Lekha Washington
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Lekha Washington talks to Deepa Venkatraman about her upcoming films and her new art studio

Lekha Washington will play bride again! After the late Jeeva's Unnale Unnale, with Vinay Rai, the actor will don a similar role in her next movie, Kalyana Samayal Saadham with first-time director R.S. Prasanna. The romcom is produced by Arun Vaidyanathan and Ananth Govindan.

Saying her role in Unnale Unnale was just a cameo, Lekha elaborates, “Prasanna had seen me in a play and was impressed with my theatrical abilities. He approached me when he decided to make the movie. I loved the script as it was different and offbeat.”

Kalyana Samayal Saadham (KSS) revolves round the preparations that go into organising a wedding and Lekha confesses she was treated like a bride during the shoot. The beautiful actress recalls, “Right from selecting a partner to go wedding shopping, to being dolled up for every ceremony and even the exhaustion, I went through all it. Apart from the marriage preparations, there is twist to the tale.”

Having become a on screen, is marriage is on cards? Lekha is mum, but adds, “Unlike in the movie where I have an arranged marriage, I will chose my life partner and my wedding trousseau on my own.”

How similar is her personality to the role in the movie? Lekha says, “In the movie, I am outspoken, modern thinking and have a strong character. I enjoy doing roles which have depth and character, and not just for money or fame. For the first time, the audience will see me with make-up and draped in pretty saris.”

Lekha enjoyed working with a young and enterprising crew and is looking forward for the film’s release this June. “Prasanna and the producers had a vision and clarity about their movie. They had the confidence to try out something new and original.”

She has high regards for her co-star Prasanna, who went through the whole wedding process with his lady love Sneha last year. “He is a thorough professional and it shows on screen. Sneha used to drop in on the sets sometimes; she was supportive and shared her experience.”

The American TV series Born to Explore with Richard Wiese will feature parts of KSS on the show. Lekha says, “They visited the sets and shot and interviewed us.”

Lekha has also made her way to Bollywood, and will be seen sharing screen space with Amitabh Bachchan in Rajkumar Santoshi's Power. She is also the heroine in Peter Gaya Kaam Se opposite Rajeev Khandelwal. Although she was born and brought up in Chennai, she is fluent in Hindi. Incidentally, her mother tongue is Marathi. Lekha beams, “It was simply awesome to work with Amitabh Bachchan. I have no words to describe the feeling. In Peter Gaya Kaam Se, I play an adventurous Anglo-Indian girl who loves riding bikes. I am waiting for the release of both my movies.”

Although Lekha is getting many offers, she is wary to reveal more as two of her movies where she has prominent roles, are still waiting to be released. She says, “I am a bit superstitious now with whatever has happened. Offers are coming my way but I would like to talk about them when they are released.”

Lekha is clear she will work on one movie at a time, so that she can also focus on her new art and design studio Ajji, in Mumbai. “This is my art space that will be open to friends and well wishers.” How does she manage to balance her art and acting? Lekha signs off, “I have a partner who looks after the studio when I am out shooting. That apart I have a good support system from my family and friends.”

she does a cameo in unnalae unnalae! marriage song

from:  Raghu
Posted on: May 20, 2013 at 16:31 IST

It's not Unnnale Unnnale. It is Jeyam Kondan directed by Kannan.

from:  Krishnan
Posted on: May 20, 2013 at 09:32 IST

when did she act in 'Unnale Unnale'. i think you got your facts wrong. she acted in 'Jeyamkondan' with vinay Rai.

from:  raji
Posted on: May 20, 2013 at 09:23 IST
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