There is more to my role than just the oomph factor, says Ashika Ranganath
The actor is paired opposite Ajay Rao in Thayige Thakka Maga, directed and produced by Shashank
The trailer and stills of Thayige Thakka Maga might highlight the oomph factor of Ashika Ranganath, but there is more to her character, says the actor, who is looking forward to the release of the film next week.
"Of course, as the title suggests it's about the strong bond between a mother and her son (played by Sumalatha and Ajay Rao, respectively). But, my role is equally important in the film," she says.
She adds that director Shashank has always been known for giving equal importance to both the hero and heroine in his films. In the case of her role in Thayige Thakka Maga, the director has taken a different approach to the character, she says.
"Shashank follows his own method of direction. While he adds elements of drama, romance, action, relationship and a mix of emotions, he also makes sure that his story progresses with every actor involved in the film. That has been the case in all his films. In fact, Sumalatha, who has watched the film, told me that my role in Thayige Thakka Maga makes it a complete picture."
This is Ashika's sixth film, and the actor feels it will further raise the bar for her. "In all my earlier films, I played roles of a college girl or a youth. As Saraswathi, my characterisation in this film is very different. It has expanded the scope for my performance. After three months of Rambo 2, there is yet another different role coming from me soon," she adds.
Thayige Thakka Maga, the first productional venture under Shashank films, has music by Judah Sandy and cinematgoraphy by Shekar Chandra.