Lakshmi Gopalaswamy, it seems, is finally getting her due. After giving out two excellent performances in Thaniye and Paradesi last year, the actor has bagged a meaty role in a Hindi film, Dhuan, directed by Mrunalini Patil.
“I have already begun shooting for the film and I am excited about my role,” Lakshmi says. “I play a journalist and the film revolves around me. I am happy that I am making my debut in Bollywood with a meaningful film like this.” She got the film after Dr. Patil saw her in Thaniye and Paradeshi at the International Film Festival of India in Goa recently. “She particularly was impressed with Thaniye,” Lakshmi says. “I am grateful to Babu Thiruvalla, director of Thaniye, and Nedumudi Venu, my co-star, who was so helpful during the shoot of the film.”
She got the Atlas Film Critics award for the best woman actor, announced on Thursday, for her roles in Thaniye and Paradesi. “Though I had won awards for Arayannangalude Veedu and Kochu Kochu Santhoshangal, this is my first award for best actor; so it means a lot to me,” she says. Lakshmi says she is not too keen on doing more television, despite the success of a dance-based reality show in a channel. “I feel Dhuan has come to me at the right time. The film has an excellent cast, including Rati Agnihotri, Padmini Kolhapuri and Raj Babbar. I am paired opposite Amitabh Dayal. And thankfully, I won’t be clad just in cotton saris; I will wear salwar kamiz, and maybe, skirts and tops as well. I want to do such roles in Malayalam as well. I don’t want to limit myself to serious roles alone. It would be fun to do the role of a normal girl. I hope I don’t look too old to do that!”
P.K. Ajith Kumar