Kaala actress Easwari Rao acted in Malayalam movie 26 years ago!
Rajinikanth’s movies always utilized his status as a superstar. However, Rajini’s movies directed by Pa Ranjith usually take a different path, for which Kabali and 'Kaala' are good examples. Beyond the style and stardom of Rajinikanth, the politics of Pa Ranjith was discussed in it. Also, the director put all the cliché concepts in trash before he casted the actors. That is how three excellent women characters were born in the movie.
Among them, the most lauded character was that of 'Kaala'’s wife Selvi which was played by Easwari Rao. An Andhra native, Easwari had a comeback to Tamil film industry after a long break. She had acted in a Malayalam movie years ago. She was the female lead in the 1992 Malayalam film ‘Oottyppattanam’. She told Mathrubhumi.com that she got the role in 'Kaala' after a long wait.
Role in 'Kaala' was much awaited
'Kaala' is one of the best movies I have ever committed. I feel extremely happy to know that everybody liked the character of Selvi. I got such a good role after very long gap, that too as the heroine of Rajini Sir (Rajinikanth). Shooting was really interesting.
Was worried if Rajini Sir would get angry
I have a lot to tell about Rajini Sir. He is not only a good actor, but a well-behaved man among his co-actors. I was a little tensed when I went to act in 'Kaala'. First of all, Pa Ranjith reserved such a significant role for me. Secondly, I had a lot of combination scenes with Rajini Sir.
I was afraid if I would commit some mistakes and Rajini Sir would get angry. But he gave me huge support. He told me, ‘Don’t worry, we can retake if something went wrong’. That gave me a bundle of courage. I had my own space in 'Kaala'. Many female-oriented movies are made in Tamil movie.
‘Oottyppattanam’ 26 years ago
‘Oottyppattanam’ directed by Haridas Sir was my debut film in Malayalam. Jayaram and Siddique were the heores. They all were very friendly to me. It was all fun in the film sets. I cannot forget them. I am not aware of the changes occurred in Malayalam film industry because I acted here 26 years ago.
Pa Ranjith gave me a shock
When Pa Ranjith contacted me, I thought it would be some minor role. I asked him if it is some mother role. Also, I said I cannot act as Rajini Sir’s mother. After two days he called me again and asked, ‘Madam, can you act as Rajini Sir’s heroine?’ I was really shocked to hear that.
Dharavi taught a great lesson
The shoot in Mumbai was a big lesson. We would realize that we are living in heaven when we see the slum dwellers. We have house, car, drinking water and good food. But their life is different. They struggle to meet the ends every day. a huge disparity exists between the haves and have nots in our country. Upto 10 members of a family live in a small room there. I could see all this in person during the shoot of 'Kaala'.
Waiting for a call from Mollywood
I’m very interested to act in Malayalam. If I get good roles, I will come to Mollywood. I’m waiting.
All are heroines
'Kaala' gave a good message to the film industry. Because, after 40 years, actresses are normally considered for the role of mother. Also, the female centric movies are less in number. Women can become heroine at any age. Even mother and grandmother are heroines. They also have stories, not only on screen, but in life as well.
Now in Bala’s movie
I took a break from cinema for the sake of my family. My daughter is in 6th standard and son in 4th. When they were too little, I was not able to commit movies continuously. But now there are no such issues. Both are grown up. Actor-director L. Raja is my husband. He supports me immensely. Presently, I’m working with Bala Sir’s movie ‘Varma’. It is the debut film of actor Vikram’s son Dhruv, and is the Tamil remake of Telugu super hit movie ‘Arjun Reddy’.