A break of 7 years. Besides the guest role in Marakkar, why did you move away from Malayalam movies?
The break wasn’t intentional because many offers came from Tamil and Telugu after Geethanjali and Ringmaster. There were offers from Malayalam, but I was busy. The working style is different in both industries. In Malayalam, most movies are completed on a stretch, but they have scheduled breaks in other languages. It restricted me from acting in Malayalam. I was there from the beginning for Vaashi from the planning stage. I heard and liked the story one and half years ago, but asked for time which made the movie.
Father Suresh Kumar is the producer and had acted in the movie. Mother Menaka and sister Revati are co-producers. Is this a family film?
They all became a part of the movie after me. Tovino and I are advocates in the film, and he heard the story before me. Director Vishnu is my friend; he reworked the script 15 times. We liked the new script, and others came in after the discussions. The story is of Janis Chacko Simon, distributed by Urvashi theatres. The cast includes Anu Mohan, Anagha Narayanan, Ramesh Kottayam, Baiju, and so on.
What was your mother’s reaction after seeing father-daughter together on the screen?
It was enjoyable acting together as I gave tips to my father. Mother and sister enjoyed watching it through the monitor. They would also give us instructions. Everyone on the crew was like a family. I have known Vishnu bro from childhood, and Tovino knows him for about ten years. My friend Sohil is the associate director. Even if we excluded my family, it was a work with my friends.
Were there any particular character preparations?
Vishnu bro told me not to prepare much because he wanted a unique character. He said to act and perform like a girl who studied law. I understood more from my law friends. Tovino is an excellent co-actor who dedicates and commits himself to the movie. We improved every scene together. I am curious about ‘Vaashi’ just like I did my first Malayalam movie.