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Vanitha
Vanitha

As an actor I feel some of us don't get powerful roles in films like we did in those days

We're seeing you on screen after nearly a decade…

You can say “Vanitha, before and after marriage”. There was a time when I worked round-the-clock in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. I cut down my assignments following my marriage to singer-actor Krishnachander in 1986. My priorities changed and I devoted my time to take care of my family. I made a comeback on TV with Kaal Mulaitha Asai from K. Balachander's stable. Incidentally, the last film I did just before marriage was Kalyana Agathigal, again a KB production.

Do you perceive any difference in the film industry, then and now?

Technically, there has been a lot of improvement. However, as an actor I feel some of us don't get powerful roles in films like we did in those days. TV serials are a big boon for us now.

Is it an advantage to have married a person from the film industry?

Certainly an advantage, as my husband knows the industry, inside out. He is very understanding and a pillar of support to me. Besides, I'm no novice to the industry and I know what's good for me.

Actors your age have either turned producers or directors. What about you?

I haven't thought about it. Nor do I know direction or production. I'm happy doing what I'm good at — acting to the satisfaction of my directors.

What kind of roles do you aspire to do?

I'm game for any role — comic, motherly or even one with grey shades. In short, roles that will showcase my talent.

S.R. ASHOK KUMAR

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