Actress Rajisha Vijayan has no idea on cycling when she committed the movie Finals which is based on the life of a cyclist named Alice. But with one and half month long training sessions, Rajisha became an efficient sports cyclist. She is confident to take up any adventure for her role. And this confidence makes her successful in her career. The state award winning actress opened up about her preparations to essay the role of the cyclist in Finals directed by debutant director PR Arun.
I never tried to learn cycling since my childhood. My parents used to restrict me from cycling as they were worried I will met with accident.
Director Arun told me the story of Finals when we were doing a drama titled ‘Hands of God’. At that time, he had no plan to direct a movie. After a few days, he contacted me and offered the role of Alice. I was glad to accept the offer. I was not conscious about my cycling skills when I accepted the offer. But later I was too worried on it and I shared the matter with Arun. He encouraged me that I can take time to learn cycling,” Rajisha detailed her mission cycling.
At first, Rajisha learned to ride and balance cycle. Later, she was trained to ride different types of cycles.
The 22 artists in the movie were national and international cyclists. So I should look and perform like a professional cyclist while acting with them. In order to improve my looks, I started strict dieting and physical training along with cycling training. I followed Keto diet to turn fit and muscular like a sportswoman till the last day of shooting.
I met many cyclists and their advice helped me to improve my performance. I think I have justified the role in the movie.
I have fallen from the cycle twice during the shooting. I managed to land safe from the first one. But in the second one, I lost control of the cycle when a stick got jammed on the wheel while riding through a slope area. I suffered injury on knee and fortunately there was no fracture. But I had severe pain as there was bruise on my knee.
I took five pain killers per day during the shooting. When the shooting shifted to Kochi, I took MRI scan and the doctor diagnosed that both ligaments on my knee were bruised and I needed a surgery immediately. As doctor prescribed five months bedrest after the surgery, I skipped the surgery. Now, I am trying to fix the problem with physiotherapy.
As an artist, Rajisha vows to give her maximum to the project. Even after getting injured, she was not ready for a dupe.
“I commit a project in which I am confident. I believe, I am obliged to do my maximum according to my potential,” said the actress with confidence.
Finals will hit theatres as Onam release on September 6. She will be seen in Vidhu Vincent’s upcoming movie Stand Up.