‘I think like a viewer before accepting a role’
Srindaa, who is awaiting her third release this month, talks about her craft
It has been a busy month for Srindaa, with three back-to-back releases. Njandukalude Naatil Oridavela is still in the theatres, and so is Parava, that hit the marquee last week. Next is Sherlock Toms, an entertainer where she plays Biju Menon's wife Rekha aka Shabha Rekha. "It is an interesting role. Director Shafi told me Rekha is the heroine, but she has not been created in the stereotypical mould. In fact, it is a complex character, since Rekha is a borderline personality. One misstep in emoting can make Rekha fall flat on the screen. But, that challenge kept the actor in me going," says Srinda. While she awaits the release of Sherlock Toms this Friday, Srindaa shares her thoughts on her craft.
Njandukalude Naatil Oridavela was my first release. This movie is special because I got to play a character with a different shade. Mary Tony is unlike anything I have done before because she is educated and more subtle, a contrast from all the loud characters I have played so far. Whereas in Parava, I am a soft and docile girl, who can't muster the courage to react, when she has to. Both the characters are special in their own ways and I am happy that both are doing well at the box office.
On doing comedy
I still get identified as Susheela in 1983, but the irony of it is that I have never done a comic role as such. None of the characters I've played onscreen, except for Aadu Oru Bheekarajeeviaanu, was placed for comedy. It was their situations and emotions that made people laugh. If it is Susheela's innocence that left people in splits in 1983, it is Fazeela's loudness and openness that audiences enjoyed in Annayum Rasoolum. It is tough to make people laugh and I think it is the depth of these characters that people enjoyed.
I am someone who visualises the character I have been offered, before accepting it. I think like the viewer and if I am convinced, I go for it. For me, the real joy is transforming into someone else before the camera. I enjoy doing that and this is what draws me to acting. Then, while working with friends, I get into a comfort zone, like I did in Parava. Soubin is my close friend and I knew what I was supposed to do before signing the movie. It makes the craft easy for me.