Iisha Chaawla has no regrets about being a part of remakes; the role is all that matters
Iisha Chaawla made an impressive debut with Prema Kavali with Aadi and followed it up with Poolarangadu, Srimannarayana and Mr Pellikoduku. She says, “I have done four films in Telugu so far, the fifth one is on right now. Right from the beginning I have been stressing that I am in no hurry, that I want to do films at my pace and space and something that keeps me happy. ”
Ask the tall, good looking actor if she runs the risk of being typecast as the heroine in light hearted entertainers (the fifth film too happens to be a comedy) and she avers, “I haven’t thought about it, I did done Srimannarayana which is not a comedy. The one I am doing right now Jump Jilani is a total comedy. I don’t think anyone can typecast someone,at some point when there is an opportunity, the onus is on you to prove your mettle. Each of the films I have done has been different; I am doing a dominating character as a food inspector in Jump Jilani.” Her role enters post-interval with a faction back ground.
Jump Jilani is a remake of the Tamil comedy KalaKalappu which has a lot of fun from the beginning to the end. The Telugu remake has however made many changes to the original keeping the nativity factor in mind; most importantly its hero Allari Naresh plays dual roles, unlike its Tamil version. The plot remains unchanged.
Iisha had already worked in three remake films, so isn’t that a risk? “Some people think it is a risk and some say since it already worked it might work in another language too. One should do a film and leave it; we never know how it will turn out. I always maintain a director is the key person and the actor is the reflection of his thoughts. Whatever percentage of talent one has, the director will show a bit of him or her in each film.”
Speaking of her choices, Iisha reveals, “When I did Mr. Pellikoduku I thought it was the perfect script . Then I did Srimannaryana because of Balakrishna’s presence, and Jump Jilani because of the strong character I was given.” The four films she worked in made a vast difference to her confidence levels. “Before the shot, I am always nervous. Everytime you go on the set there is so much to learn and you do learn. Changes keep happening as you move ahead,” she avers.
Iisha dreams of doing a negative character or a film like Ammoru sometime.