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Regaining lost ground: Samvritha Sunil has proved her credentials as an actor through her characters in ‘Hello’ and ‘Arabikatha.’
Regaining lost ground: Samvritha Sunil has proved her credentials as an actor through her characters in ‘Hello’ and ‘Arabikatha.’

SANGEETA

Samvritha Sunil has finally made her mark as an actor in two films that are topping the charts.

‘Hello’ had all the components of a mass entertainer, so the success of the film was more or less assured.

Two films that are making waves in Kerala have a common factor – Samvritha Sunil. Her career seems poised to move into top gear. Although she played the lead with Dileep in her debut film, ‘Rasikan,’ Samvritha failed to cash in on her typical Malayali looks and lost ground to many actors who entered the industry after her. However, Samvritha scales new heights with her roles in ‘Arabikatha’ and ‘Hello’ and proves her maturity and expertise as an actor.

“I am glad to be a part of the super hits this season. Both the films will be remembered for a long time – ‘Arabikatha’ for its thematic relevance and ‘Hello’ for its mass appeal,” she avers.

In ‘Arabikatha,’ Samvritha plays Maya, a medical support professional in an acupuncture clinic in Dubai.

“Maya acts as a mediator between Cuba Mukundan and his Chinese lover (played by Srinivasan and Zhang Shumin respectively). The task in the film was to speak Chinese. Thanks to Shumin, I could manage it well,” says a relieved Samvritha.

There were two other factors that attracted her to the film, says the actor.

“Maya represents a lot of young Malayali girls who work outside the country. They single-handedly take up the responsibility of their families back home. The other is the romance between Anwar (played by Indrajith) and Maya. It is subtle and much is left unsaid, intentionally. I was asked to portray an emotion that could blossom into a romance. I found it unusual and a challenge to portray.” While ‘Arabikatha’ offered little scope to depict romantic scenes, ‘Hello’ compensated for that, feels the actor.

“I play Lalettan’s [Mohan Lal] love in the film. I cannot divulge the details because the suspense of the film lies in this character. It is only a special appearance, but a very significant role. ‘Hello’ had all the components of a mass entertainer, so the success of the film was more or less assured.” And as expected the film has topped the charts.

First film

The title ‘Hello’ has a special place in Samvritha’s career. It was the title of the first film she had signed.

“Ranjith Uncle (director Ranjith) had planned to do a film with the same title. But it got shelved for some reasons. Had it been filmed, it would have been my first film,” she explains.

“In fact, Nandanam would have been my first film. I was selected to play Balamani’s character, but the shooting was planned during my board examination. So my parents decided against my acting in that film. Later on, when Lalu Chettan [Lal Jose] was casting for ‘Rasikan,’ Ranjith Uncle recommended my name.”

Starting with ‘Rasikan,’ Samvritha went on to do three films with director Lal Jose, whom she fondly refers to as her mentor.

“He was kind enough to cast me in ‘Achanurangatha Veedu’ and ‘Arabikatha.’ In fact, ‘Achanurangatha Veedu’ was an eye opener. It was while I was doing the film that I realised that I enjoyed acting. That was when I decided to continue working as an actor.

“The seriousness with which the character in ‘Achanurangatha Veedu’ had to be portrayed brought in a kind of maturity in me. So from that film onwards, I would ponder over the roles on offer and draw parallels from real life to make the portrayal effective.”

Her memorable works include her characters in ‘Moonamathoral,’ ‘Nottam,’ ‘Pulijanmam’ and ‘Chandrolsavam.’ She is now working in M.T. Anoor’s ‘Kaalchilambu’ with Vineeth and Shafi’s ‘Chocolate.’ ‘“Kaalchilambu’ is set against the backdrop of the Muthappan Theyyam at Payyannur. The milieu is familiar as I hail from North Kerala. I play a princess from Chirackal Kovilakam who is well versed in classical art forms. The character progresses to a 50-year-old towards the end of the film.”

‘Chocolate,’ she says, is a youthful film in which she plays Nandana, the quiet member of a boisterous gang. Her co-stars in the film are Prithviraj, Jaysurya, Roma and Mukta.


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