Cinema shouldn’t be taken seriously, says Trisha Krishnan

It’s been nearly a year since 96 released, but it’s apparent that the ‘Jaanu’ hangover has not abated yet. A couple of fans could be spotted dressed in the now-ubiquitous yellow kurta with blue dupatta — one that created a rage among women — outside Stella Maris College, Cathedral Road. But perhaps it shouldn’t be all that surprising, given that it was Trisha’s Jessie from Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa that made several girls fall in love with saris all over again.

Art and artist

But right now, Trisha Krishnan isn’t promoting any fashion choices. She is present in her capacity as UNICEF Celebrity Advocate at the event themed around #ENDViolence, aimed to sensitise students on the importance of making the world a safer place for children. Talking to MetroPlus post the interaction, Trisha says she is eager to bring up topics that she doesn’t usually get to address. “It’s been almost two years since I was appointed by UNICEF, and it’s heartening to see the work we have done. This week, we are paying a field visit to Ennore to interact with the residents there. It’s a wonderful platform for me to express my views and hopefully, spread the right kind of awareness,” she says.

Considering that fellow actor Priyanka Chopra found herself in the middle of a controversy, after posting a tweet in favour of the Indian Army, do actors need to worry about sharing their thoughts in public? “I think this is something we, as actors, have gotten used to with time. I’ve been around for 17 years in the industry and even the smallest things I’ve said, or posted, have been blown out of proportion,” she says, adding, “I’ve always maintained that I speak my mind. But I’m also open to constructive criticism.”

She adds that her profile as UNICEF Celebrity Advocate has made her “conscious” about her choices. “I understand that a lot of children are watching our movies, and are likely to be influenced. At the same time, I also want to stress on the fact that cinema shouldn’t be taken seriously. I keep in mind the nuances of the script, but I honestly look at films as fantasies.”

What’s coming up?

On that note, both of her next releases — Garjanai (reported to be inspired from Bollywood film NH10 starring Anushka Sharma) and Raangi — do not have a typical ‘hero’, with Trisha playing the lead protagonist.

Raangi is a bold movie, which dwells on themes such as female empowerment. I play a journalist, and the storyline is really intriguing. Ten years back, I don’t know if I could have pulled off such a character. But now, I have the confidence to play a character like this. A lot of filmmakers are coming up with women-oriented movies, which is fantastic,” Trisha quips.

Responding to a question on the recent release Nerkonda Paarvai, Trisha appreciates actor Ajith Kumar’s character, and how the actor’s presence will have fruitful and far-reaching effects in the society: “Hats off to a superstar like him for supporting the cause, everyone knows how much I like him and I will see the film soon.”

We keep hearing of her signing an English film constantly over the years. Ask about this and she says, “Haha, not at all! That’s a rumour it has always been.”

(With inputs from Aditi Subramanian)

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