chat Poornima Bhagyaraj is returning to the screen after 28 years to act in her son’s new movie
Poornima Bhagyaraj finds designing saris very therapeutic. After she married director K Bhagyaraj she left acting and started a boutique so that she can indulge in her hobby and also keep an eye on her children. Now 28 years later she is putting on make up again, not because she is missing movies but because her husband and son have been pressurising her to return to acting.
In a chat with Cinema Plus , she says, “I am relatively free from my responsibilities. My son Shantanu is into acting and my daughter runs her business. Shantanu has done a Telugu film earlier Love In Hyderabad but it didn’t come out of the cans. Now his current film will have a simultaneous release in Telugu. I am returning to the screen with an important role in this movie but am not playing mother to him. As far as my business is concerned, I specialise in wedding saris. My sister-in-law is my partner and now I can afford to move out for while. This keeps me so busy. I am always on my toes till 9 in the night. We don’t deal with celebrity clients, and this is for brides and others. I am happy with the way it’s going. I started it as a small unit initially.”
Several of Bhagyaraj’s films were either remade or dubbed, prominently Darling Darling Darling, Radha Kalyanam, Sundara Kanda, Abbayi garu, Moodu Mullu, Chinna Illu etc. Poornima had worked in Mantri Gari Viyankudu which was her first and last film. She recollects, “I have worked with my husband in Darling Darling Darling which was dubbed and had a box office run of 100 days. Bhagyaraj has tonnes of experience. He is not keen on acting, he is more of a writer. After Mantrigari Viyankundu, I was offered a movie immediately but I had to cancel it because my wedding was coming up. In Mantrigari… Chiranjeevi was the hero and Bapu was the director. There was Tulasi and other senior actors. It was a fantastic crew and we shared a great camaraderie. I’m not too keen on working 24x7. I wish to take it easy and enjoy my work.”
I am returning to the screen with an important role in this movie but am not playing mother to him.