Rajisha Vijayan is an actor who created her own space in the Malayalam film industry through bagging state award for best actress for her debut movie 'Anuraga Karikkin Vellam'. Now, her movie ‘June’ for which she has done home work for one and a half years is set to hit the theatres. Rajisha is coming in a new appearance in June.
What was the main element which attracted you towards the movie?
Usually, the women-oriented movies are serious in nature. But, ‘June’ directed by Ahammed Khabeer is presenting a simple topic engrossed in humour. I could easily connect with the story when I heard it. Not only that, the movie discusses some issues that all girls can easily relate to. Such topics and characters seldom happen in cinema. So, I believe that I am lucky. My character has 8 different appearances in this movie. I have accepted the challenge knowing that it would be tough.
What were the homework that you have done for this challenging character?
The movie progresses through the life of a school student. It is not easy for me to act as a school girl considering my age. I have done physical and emotional preparations for that. As the first step, I reduced my body weight. I lost 9 kg weight in 9 months by cutting off all my favourite food as per the instructions of the dietician. Though I haven’t seen a gymnasium centre in my life till then, I started working out at gym twice in a day. I had to put teeth braces and cut my hair, which was my highlight feature. The character was with me for one and a half years. It was reluctant to leave me even after the shooting.
Did you take a long break for doing this movie?
I have taken it deliberately. I wished that people should forget the characters that I have done. Then only, the character in ‘June’ will feel fresh. The growth of the character as per the plot also took one year. All of us devoted time for making the character complete.
So, let’s confirm that your dedication will fetch you best actress award this year
I never choose a movie thinking about award. I always pray that the movie should reach the audience. All my attempts are intended for that. Awards are just hints which remind me that the area in which I continue is correct for me.
New actors who are willing to devote one and a half years for the success of a movie give hope to Malayalam cinema
The happiness that we earn from hard work is great. I am enjoying that satisfaction. Dedication is evident in the new generation. There are old actresses who had learnt karate and kalaripayattu for cinema. Only sincere actors were able to continue in this field.
You have won state award for best actor in debut movie. Do you feel that awards give you some responsibilities in your career?
We cannot go forward if we feel so. Because, many factors make a movie superhit. It is like gambling in which success and failures are unpredictable. Awards must be considered as inspiration just like positive comments. We should not consider it as a liability.
You have also acted in dramas while doing movies
Yes, I have performed ‘Hand of God’ penned and directed by Arun. This is not a new experience for me. I have acted in many street dramas while studying in college. As a dancer performs many dance forms, drama is an art form that an actress like me can do. Being an actress is not a limitation for that. I am motivated by a desire to prove that I am comfortable in both of them.