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Village belle: Mythili came into cinema via modelling.
Village belle: Mythili came into cinema via modelling.

P.K. AJITH KUMAR

Debutante Mythili talks about her role in Ranjith's ‘Paleri Manikyam – Oru Pathira Kolapathakathinte Katha.'

She trained to be an airhostess. But Mythili seems destined to touch the stars in tinsel town instead. The young woman from Konni, already a familiar face through ad campaigns, is all set to make her debut in Malayalam cinema as she plays the title role in director Ranjith's latest venture, ‘Paleri Manikyam – Oru Pathira Kolapathakathinte Katha,' which will reach cinemas on November 27.

“I couldn't have hoped for a better launch into Malayalam cinema. It is a dream debut for me.”

Challenging experience

“Somebody showed my photographs to Ranjith and he called me to Kochi for an interview. When Ranjith told me that Mammootty was the hero, I was convinced that I stood no chance. Nevertheless, I went to Kochi and learnt that Ranjith was looking for someone to play a village girl who lived some 50 years ago. Ranjith took a few stills of me in a mundu and blouse – the costume of my character in the film – and a little later he told me I would be playing the lead role of Manikyam!” gushes the actor.

“Working on the film was a great experience as I got an opportunity to work with some fine actors. Most of the supporting roles in the film are essayed by theatre actors, all of whom are talented and experienced. So it took me some time to catch up. The film has shaped up well and I hope my character will be noticed,” says the actor who has already signed on for ‘Chattambi Nadu' – the Mammootty-starrer directed by Shafi, in which she plays a village belle opposite Vinu Mohan.


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