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Updated: January 25, 2013 20:50 IST

Woman of today

Liza George
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I loved taking centre stage: Kamalini Mukherjee.
Special Arrangement I loved taking centre stage: Kamalini Mukherjee.

Kamalini Mukherjee, the actor who debuted in Mollywood with Kutty Srank, is back in Netholi Oru Cheriya Meen Alla

After dazzling the audience with her stellar performance in Shaji N. Karun’s Kutty Srank, actor Kamalini Mukherjee returns to Mollywood with V.K. Prakash’s Netholi Oru Cheriya Meen Alla. The petite actor, who is looking forward to the release of Netholi… on February 7, says: “If I played Pemmana, a woman from another era in Kutty Srank, in Netholi…, I play a woman of today.” Excerpts from an interview with the actor over the phone…

A ‘fishy’ tale

My character, Prabha, in Netholi… is an athletic person. She is fiercely independent and although she seems a tough nut to crack, she is really a ‘softie’. There is a certain level of duality in her; she is a bit childish in some ways and mature in others. I love the way she has been etched on screen. One can see the different layers of the character as the story progresses. Prabha is a complete opposite to Pemmana in Kutty Srank. Pemmana’s is a coming-of-age story.

A challenge

Playing Prabha and Pemmana were both challenging as they are unlike me. A character I found rather easy to play, and one I hold close to heart is that of Seetha Mahalakshmi in Sekhar Kammula’s Godavari, a Telugu movie. Seetha is a lot like me. I have acted in various South Indian languages: Telugu films such as Anand, Gamyam and Virodhi, Tamil movies, Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu and Kadhalna Summa Illai and Kannada film, Saveri. I am good at languages and have managed to pick up Telugu and can form simple sentences. I still find Malayalam tough though. I had a diction and dialogue coach, Ambika Rao, who helped me to lip-sync dialogues. She explained the lines to me and showed me how to deliver the lines at the right pitch and speed.

Shooting mayhem

It was a young team working for Netholi… and we had a good time. V.K. Prakash is an easy person to work with and Fahadh Faasil, who is my co-star in the film, is intense as an actor. I was glad to be back in Kochi as I had shot in the city earlier for Kutty Srank. I ate a lot of fish curry during the shoot, which kept me very happy.

Roots in theatre

Even as a child, I used to act in various amateur and professional stage plays; I loved taking centre stage. Theatre gave me the confidence to bring myself in front of the camera.

I started out doing commercials and it was through an advertisement that I was cast for my debut movie Phir Milenge. I was apprehensive at first, but my family had full faith in me. I haven’t worked in theatre in quite a while and I do miss it. The silver screen is consuming my time now.

Behind the scenes

I am stubborn, a ‘softie’, a recluse and slightly eccentric. I love reading books of any genre, writing, watching films…

I cook and my signature dish is meat loaf.

Up and coming

I will be starting shoot for an untitled Bengali film in March. I did a Bengali film last year called Aparajita Tumi by Aniruddha Roychowdhury. A couple of my friends and I plan to turn some of the stories I have written into a movie. I see myself writing and directing in the near future.

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