CINEMA Actor Anumol on her tryst with filmdom
It was not too long ago that Anumol mesmerised us, sashaying across the screen to the tune of ‘Ande Londe…’ as the subtly coquettish Thankamani, the long-suffering wife of poet P. Kunjiraman Nair, in the biopic Ivan Megharoopan , directed by P. Balachandran. In the relatively short period of time since then, Anumol of the flowing locks and doe eyes has managed to make her presence felt in the Malayalam film industry. Now, Anumol is set to captivate audiences once again as the seductress Ragini in Akam , director Shalini Usha Nair’s adaptation of Malayalam litterateur Mayalatoor Ramakrishnan’s landmark novel Yakshi , released this week.
“I think myself as fortunate that I had started off my career in Mollywood with Thankamani, Ragini and Gauri,” says Anumol. “It’s very rare that an actor gets to test one’s histrionic skills with roles as powerful and prominent, as author-backed and as varied as the aforementioned three. And that too at such an early stage in their career,” adds the affable actor.
In her singsong voice, over the phone from her native village of Naduvattam, near Pattambi, Palakkad, she continues to gush about the experience of “living” the three roles, even drawing parallels to her own rustic upbringing.
At home in the village
“I’m a village belle at heart, completely at home amid the greenery, the three temples that are the focal point of life in Naduvattam, the village pond that is the scene of many a childhood adventure, the local vayanashala (library)… I was excited to act in Ivan Megharoopan because it was a story set in my part of the world and featuring my people – P. Kunhiraman maash (colloquial term for master) taught at Pattambi college. Honestly, I signed up for the film so that I could wear the mundu-neriyathu, typically worn by older women here! As for Akam , I am one of those who really believe in myths and legends – the kind who actually think that Gandharvas and Yakshis might just come for a visit! Also I had read Malayatoor’s Yakshi , borrowed from the vayanashala, and was intrigued by heroine Ragini’s power.”
“Although, Shalini ma’am was very strict as a director, she made me thoroughly comfortable and secure as Ragini. On Manoj’s set too I was so at ease that I forgot that I am Anumol. I started living and acting like Gauri!” says the actor, who is an accomplished Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam dancer .
Prior to her entry into tinsel town, she was a television anchor. The actor, who is an engineer describes her entry into tinsel town and even the small screen as “accidental”.