I never took a break from acting: Ananya
The actress, who was busy with Tamil and Telugu movies, is making a comeback in Malayalam with Tiyaan
When the first-look poster of Tiyaan, with a sombre-looking Ananya as Amba was out, she was bombarded with one obvious question: where was she for the past two years? Ananya clears the air by saying, "I was doing a Telugu and a Tamil project. Following that, I signed Tiyaan. It is just that, post Urumbukal Urangarilla (2015), I didn’t have any release in Malayalam."
She adds that many wondered whether she was still acting. "People thought that since I got married I must have quit. It is five years since my marriage, and I didn’t stop acting at all, and don’t intend to do so. I am always open to good character roles," she says.
Now, Ananya is very excited about Amba. "She is a very mature character. I have played a mother before, but Amba is slightly different. She may not be someone I can easily relate to, but there is a certain depth in her. Amba is someone who lives in an unfamiliar environment and is flustered by that," says the actress. In Tiyaan, a pan-Indian venture, Ananya plays Indrajith's wife.
But, what drew her to Tiyaan? "When scriptwriter Murali Gopy and Indrajith were working on the character, they felt Amba resembled me. So, they approached me and once I heard the narration, I knew this was the movie that would end my hiatus in Malayalam. In fact, I heard the whole script only after I joined the sets," says Ananya.
She agrees that she was a bit tense initially. "Though I know Indrajith, I had never met Murali. So, I was apprehensive about how well I could bring to life his creation. But, there couldn’t have been a better and bigger chance," she adds.
Ananya adds that Tiyaan is a subject with contemporary relevance. "It needs to be told. There is no better time to say it," she says.
Could she easily sink her teeth into the character? "I believe I did. I needed to control myself. Amba is someone who speaks softly and slowly. I needed to manipulate my body language accordingly. Otherwise, it was fine," she adds.