The only woman who does not know Sachin Tendulkar! The statement accompanied by a pic of Srinda Ashab from her film, 1983, has been trending the online space for months now. Malayalis, who don’t appreciate actresses playing character roles easily, have not yet stopped laughing and recollecting the funny antics and dialogues of Srinda in the film.
An actress who dares to play roles as varied as the gutsy Jincy in 22 Female Kottayam, an intrepid Fazila in Annayum Rasoolum, a naive Susheela in 1983 and a cop in Masala Republic, Srinda is often compared to the late Sukumari! The assistant director-turned-actress talks about her upcoming projects and her passion for films.She is currently in Chennai working on my next project, Homely Meals,directed by Anoop Kannan. I would rate it as an exceptional project in my career.
I play a media person named Nanditha and will be seen in a never-seen-before sari-and-churidhar-clad no-nonsense avatar in it.What attracted me to this project is its unconventionality nature. It’s not every day that we get to watch films with protagonists who break the stereotypical ‘heroic’ look and mannerisms. Vipin Atlee, who plays Allen in this film, is such an exception and my character is the one who helps and steers him towards his dream. I am thankful to Anoop for roping me in for a character with such depth.
Selfie with Mammukka!
It was while shooting for Homely Meals that I got a chance to share screen space with Mammukka in Salaam Bapu’s Manglish. I play a character called Mumtaz in the film. The Homely Meals crew supported and encouraged me to take up the offer. I was excited, but terrified at the same time, anticipating how it would be to work with the megastar. As I look back, I am ecstatic to say it was a really comfy experience.
While most of the Manglish crew members had already clicked photos with Mammootty, I approached him only on the last day of the shoot with the request. And he replied, “Why not? Let’s click a selfie!” My joy knew no bounds and felt like I have won a lottery. We clicked countless selfies, though I have posted only one online. Many of my friends were excited to see the photo; they keep asking me how I tricked him into it! (laughs)