chat Anupama Kumar talks about the challenge of playing roles of aged people
Extremely talented and a repertoire of all the right films; what more can Anupama Kumar ask for in a career that has actually begun after she reached 30?
Absolutely no qualms about doing roles that women her age fear to take up, she is forever seeking something fresh and challenging. Whether it is the strong role of a rural mother in Nirantharam Nee Oohale or the metro mom in Gautam Menon’s Yeto Vellipoyindi Manasu , Anupama slips into it with ease and finesse and adds an extra something to her character.
The articulate and warm Anupama strikes a perfect balance in choosing new directors yet is willing to take up tried and tested roles.
She quips, “There are people who are now thinking out of the box, the winning formula is still working but people are coming out with creative and interesting versions, for women my age. I have nothing against formula, they have worked because they are good and somewhere they touch your nerve. I would like to experiment with new talent in films, working with directors who can think fresh. I am looking forward to roles of substance. I’m always playing mother, daughter or sister; I hope we can come up with more professional roles.”
Anupama was introduced by director Cheran as a 60-year-old woman, and she had to put on prosthetic make up for that. She was appreciated for that cameo and she followed it up with a role of a village woman and in Niratharam Nee Oohale where she plays a mother to a a 25-year old.
Anupama is playing mother to Jiiva, Nani and Aditya Roy Kapur in all the three Gautam Menon’s movies ( Yeto Vellipoyindi Manasu, Neethane En Ponvasantham, Assi Nabbey Pure Sau ). In David , a Hindi movie and a gangster comedy directed by Bejoy Nambiar she plays a Pakistani woman of the 1970s which she terms as ‘very different and exciting’.
The South Indian actor is a model, journalist and an anchor and is married to Shiv Kumar who is from the Navy and lives in Delhi. She says coming from a defence background (her father is from the Air Force ) helped her adapt to different cultures and people.
“I find each new phase and people exciting, I try to blend in wherever I go and make friends. My knowledge doesn’t end with text books. As a child I lived in many places and under many circumstances.Being in this profession I have to sacrifice a lot but I have the support of my family and by doing justice to the role I feel I have justified all the sacrifices people are making for me.”