Ever eager to experiment
Sai Dhanshika, thrilled about the positive reception to her Uru, says she’s motivated to take on new genres
It is by now safe to say that Dhanshika isn’t your average Tamil film heroine. She may have started off quietly with Peranmai, but since then, she’s gone on to do Kabali, and now, her latest release, Uru, has released to good reviews too. She’s got a big list of promising projects including Solo, Kitna, Vizhithiru, Kaathadi and Kaala Koothu, in her kitty. She’s delighted about the positive word about Uru.
“It’s an unusual story, and that’s what got me curious,” she says. “We had to shoot the second half of the film for a month in the deep forests of Kodaikanal near the suicide point, where the temperature is close to 3 to 4 degrees. It was a thrilling experience.”
The actress performed her own stunt sequences too. “Every shot was a challenge. More than hard work, it was the sheer willpower of the whole team that kept me going,” she adds.
The actress is excited about her upcoming Kaala Koothu, in which she shares screen space with Prasanna, Kalaiyarasan and Srushti Dange. This film about two friends is based on honour killing, and the actress will appear in a more traditional look, which will be in total contrast to her tomboyish looks in Kabali.
“I play a college-going Madurai girl. My character in the film is close to what I am in real life,” she says, and adds that the other highlights will be “the locations of Madurai and the dialogues.” Much like in Uru, it was the director’s vision that convinced her to take on this film.
She wants to continue experimenting with different genres, and that’s why when Meera Kathiravan approached her with the script of Vizhithiru, she agreed immediately. “I haven’t done a full-fledged comedy role so far. In this film, I play a North Chennai-based slum dweller,” she says.
She’s also looking forward to her Malayalam film, Solo, directed by Bejoy Nambiar, in which she’s paired opposite Dulquer Salmaan. “I play a visually-challenged contemporary dancer. It was interesting to adapt to contemporary dance movement; it’s a role close to my heart.”
Up next, she’ll also be seen in a Telugu-Kannada bilingual, Vaalu Jada, and another Kannada film, Utkarsha, directed by Sunil Kumar Desai.