Khadal Kottai won me the title ‘homely heroine’ How it happened
The first time I faced the camera was for the Hindi film Koyal. Unfortunately, the film stuck to the cans. But Tamil film director Athiyaman, who saw the stills of the film, called me for a make-up test. So though Koyal didn’t take off, it turned out to be lucky for me. I made my Tamil debut with Thottal Chinungi and my co-stars were Karthik, Revathy and Raghuvaran. My stills were doing the rounds in the Tamil film circuit and director Ahathiyan wanted to cast me in his new film, Khadal Kottai opposite Ajith. The film was different in terms of story and treatment. It became a box-office hit.
How it felt
I was happy about the success of the film. Everybody liked my role and my performance. I was approached by many producers. Soon came Suriyavamsam and it became another mega hit and I became a busy star. I carved a niche for myself and I was happy signing some of the best movies at that time.
How life changed
Life changed overnight after Khadal Kottai. It won me the title ‘homely heroine’. When I think about it now, I feel it was a big achievement. I started acting in Hindi and I also did a Bengali movie. I have worked in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada too. I’ve acted in 100 movies so far. Now, I’ve moved to television. I am working in two serials Kolangal for Sun Television and Manjal Mahimai for Kalaingar Television. I am also producing my second film Thirumathi Tamizh, directed by my husband Rajakumaran, where he plays a role. Keerthi Chawla is the heroine and I am doing an important role in it.
S. R. ASHOK KUMAR