Cinema Former Miss Kerala Indu Thampy enters tinseltown
It's been a short journey from the catwalk to the silver screen for Indu Thampy. After wowing her way to the Miss Kerala crown in 2010, the sprightly youngster, sashayed straight into Mollywood with her debut film, “Father's Day”, which hit the screens recently. Naturally, Indu is over the moon.
“Yes, the Miss Kerala title was a stepping stone into Mollywood but getting a break is never easy. And what is the guarantee that even if you are offered a break, that particular role/movie will be any good?” asks Indu, adding: “You've got to choose the right movie and the right kind of role. I was prepared to wait and I am glad that I waited for a film like ‘Father's Day'.”
In “Father's Day”, scripted and directed by scriptwriter Kalavoor Ravikumar, Indu plays the “pivotal role” of Neenu, a college student caught between her love for Seethalakshmi (played by Revathy), a college lecturer who is like a mother to her, and the enigmatic Joseph K. Joseph (newcomer Shahin), whose entry into her life throws Seethalakshmi into a tailspin.
“Neenu's is a peculiar character who is caught in a dilemma. She knows both sides of the story, wants to help Seethalakshmi and Joseph solve their issues, but because of certain circumstances, she is helpless. Otherwise, she is like any other heroine — young, smart, modern, and mature beyond her years,” says Indu, who “relished” the opportunity to “learn from actors of the calibre” of Revathy and Lal (who plays the lead role in the film).
“They all were very considerate to me, especially Revathy chechi who was such a big sport and always had a kind word to say whenever I got flustered,” says Indu, who adds that her time in front of the camera was also a great way to learn a lot about herself from herself!
“I realised that if I put my mind to something then I can do it. I surprised myself when I discovered I could tap into the so-called layers in me, and well… act! It really comes down to not thinking of acting as a job. Just think that you're there to have fun, in front of the camera and you can see yourself going beyond boundaries,” says the student of literature. Indu faced the camera for the first time for the title role in “Annabella”, yesteryear actor Ambika's maiden directorial venture.
“It was a challenging role; a fantastic experience. We actors also got to hold the cameras!” gushes Indu. The film, in which the petite actor stars along with a bunch of newcomers, is currently in the post-production stage and is set to release in a couple of months.
She has other projects in the pipeline, including a Tamil film. “Language is not a barrier for an actor. If the story is good and there is enough of a challenge in it for me then nothing will hold me back,” she emphasises.
I am a conservative person and I will not go below a particular standard that I have set for myself