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chatline Trisha and comedy? It’s part of an effort to do something different, she tells t. krithika reddy

Think Trisha and a montage of images unspool. But the latest one to occupy the mind space is that of the sprightly star in a comic role.

“Yes, Kireedom brought out another facet of my talent. It’s funny, but at the same time, my character is integral to the plot. I enjoyed doing it. In my next release, Bheema, the heroine’s role involves plenty of rib-tickling moments. She’s the perfect foil to the otherwise serious tenor of the film,” says the actor, flashing her famous Basra pearl smile.

In an interview marked by candour and chutzpah, she says, “The thing is I refuse to be defined. It’s been quite a while since I entered showbiz. I want to get a little creatively adventurous. That’s what brings satisfaction – to play a variety of roles and experiment with my looks as well. I don’t want to be a wall-flower in my films.”

And that explains why Trisha is doing the forthcoming films of directors Radha Mohan (of Mozhi fame), Gautham Menon and Dharani. “I’m being careful about my choices. Just making a conscious effort to deliver something different each time. The character I play must evolve and push the plot forward. So, Abhiyum Naanum, Chennaiyil Oru Mazhaikalam and Kuruvi, I hope, will help me reach new milestones.”

Trisha’s line-up in Telugu too is impressive. “I’m doing two films – one with Ravi Teja and the other with Prabhas. Initially, I wasn’t getting the right roles in Tamil. But thankfully, the Telugu film industry came to my rescue with some performance-oriented roles. My career looked up. People realised I could deliver between action and cut. It helped me get sure-footed in the Tamil industry as well,” says the actor who has given hits such as Varsham, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana and Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule.

Ajit, Vijay, Vikram, Surya… Trisha has acted with them all in a range of films, including Kireedom, Ghilli, Samy and Aaru. “Each is special. Ajit is honest. With him, what you see is what you get. Vijay is quiet, but we vibe well. Vikram is a great buddy. He has no qualms about helping co-stars. And Surya works really hard. He literally lives his roles during shoots.”

Staying power

Talk about the burgeoning number of heroines, and she says, “I don’t think about that so much. I know there are many actors jostling for space on the springboard to success. But honestly, there are no number games involved. People go by your last hit. Yes, there’s a lot of hype when fresh faces enter. Those with staying power are those who work hard. So, there’s no need to feel insecure if you give your best. Besides, the more the number, the better the level of competence among actors.”

About her fan clubs, she gushes, “Initially, I disapproved of the idea. I couldn’t get myself to think that all this fame was real. But when fans persisted, I sat with them and decided that together we can support some causes. If my presence can grab a few eyeballs, there’s nothing quite like it. Fame is a fleeting thing, but not meaningful work. The social angle apart, fans are my best and worst critics.”

Between the surges and the pauses in her career, Trisha has also kept the gossip mill spinning. “Honestly, I don’t look at the flip side of fame. I look at the positives. Yes, rumours and stories did hurt. But not anymore. I’ve learnt to ignore them and move on. News and natter are part of the showbiz package. Actors are normal people. They are not the celluloid mirage they cast on screen. And life is for living.”



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