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SUBHA J RAO
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interview Yaami Gautam on how she bagged her first Tamil film Gouravam and her future projects

Some years ago, Yaami Gautam was pursuing a degree in law. She took a break from college after the small screen opened up a world of opportunities. When director Radha Mohan narrated the story of Gouravam to the Vicky Donor star, she only smiled.

“It was such a feeling of déjà vu. To think I was a law student and am being given a chance to play a young, talkative lawyer in my first Tamil film!” she says.

Did the girl who wanted to become an IAS officer think she could come this far in the world of movies? “I never went to an acting school. It was all by chance. I did not anticipate that Vicky Donor would become such a hit. It was a happy film and the director knew what he was making,” says the actor in a telephone interview.

The time’s right

It is nice to work at a time when the lines between parallel and commercial films have almost blurred. There are good roles being written. And, interesting marketing initiatives have ensured that well-made films stand a chance at the box office.

Genre hopping

While I want to work in every genre, I also know what kind of films I never want to do. I trust my instinct.

My parents taught me early on to say ‘no’. For instance, it was a toss-up between Vicky Donor and another glossy, commercial film. I chose Vicky … Strangely, the other film never got made!

Director’s actor

I like to submit to the director’s vision. It makes things much easier when the director is clear about what’s happening. That way, you just have to focus on acting, not on any doubts and other burdens you might have.

Friday fever

I feel like I’m standing still and the world is moving around me in slow motion. Friday is simply not in your hands.

The line-up

Aman Ki Asha : Co-starring Ali Zafar. He plays a Pakistani boy and I, an Indian girl. E. Niwas is the director and Neeraj Pandey is the creative director. We’ve shot extensively in London. It’s a romcom with a difference. Tamilselvanum Taniyaar Anjalum/Courier Boy Kalyan : A Gautam Vasudev Menon production directed by Prem Sai. I am paired with Jai in the Tamil version and Nitin in Telugu.

It is my second bi-lingual and I play a thinking city girl. It’s good commercial fare.

SUBHA J RAO

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