‘I began acting much before Dubsmash videos made me popular’
Varsha Bollamma talks about her Malayalam debut, Kalyanam, Dubsmash videos and reacting to comments about her striking resemblance to Nazriya
Varsha Bollamma may owe all her popularity to her viral Dubsmash videos, but the acting bug bit her long before that.
"I wanted to be an actor since my childhood. And, Dubsmash videos happened while I was doing my debut Tamil film Yaanum Theeyavan. It was something I did when I was bored. Even I couldn't believe when the videos went viral," she says.
Though that is what gave Varsha all the fame, she has moved on. The actor, who will make her debut in Malayalam through Kalyanam, gets chatty about her career.
Varsha says she was offered Kalyanam after director Rajesh Nair happened to watch her Dubsmash videos. "He contacted me through a friend on the sets of Yaanum Theeyavan, my debut in Tamil. I loved the role and accepted it," says Varsha.
Kalyanam, a romantic comedy, was a great learning experience for her. "Since Shravan Mukesh and I are debutants, we got along well. The crew were very supportive as well, so I felt no pressure," she adds.
Sharing screen with senior actors like Sreenivasan and Mukesh has bettered her craft. She says she was awestruck by their spontaneity in acting. "I was pleasantly surprised by the way they deliver dialogues very naturally. They don't stick to the script and are constantly improvising."
Her stint in Kerala has also improved her command over Malayalam, says Varsha, who hails from Coorg. "My mother speaks Malayalam. But, before I came here, it was an alien language. Now I have started reading Malayalam. I really want to stay here," says the actor.
And, it seems the industry has already warmed up to her too. Varsha has already been roped to play the lead opposite Asif Ali in Mandaram.
Ever since her debut, many have remarked upon her resemblance to Nazriya. But, being compared to the popular actor no longer concerns her. "I like that most of the comparisons are in a positive light. It doesn't bother me, and I like the fact that people shower me with the same affection they showed to her," she says.