Wanted to make my kids self-reliant, Asha Sharath opens about daughter's film debut

Amritha AU

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Dancer-turned-actress Asha Sharath is back to entertain her fans after playing a strong role in ‘Drishyam 2’. In the latest movie ‘Khedda’ directed by Manoj Kana, Asha is seen playing the role of Savitha, an ordinary woman who faces various challenges in her life. Interestingly, the movie which portrays the story of a mother and daughter will feature Asha’s daughter Uthara alongside her.

In an interview with Mathrubhumi, Asha Sharath opened up about her daughter’s film debut and shared the experience of sharing the screen space with her.

Delighted to see Uthara as a school student

I was really excited when Uthara dressed in a typical school uniform for the role in ‘Khedda’. However, when Uthara continued acting like a student outside the set as well, I had to ask her to change.

In the set, I see Uthara only as my co-actor, and never as my daughter. This is the same way I treat any artiste on set, no matter how close they are to me.

Asha and Uthara

Uthara’s debut

Uthara first expressed her interest in cinema after she completed her master’s degree. I firmly believe in the importance of higher education and being able to take care of oneself, therefore choosing a profession came only after that. I have never wanted my daughter to be dependent on anyone.
As a parent, I have never said no to my daughter. When Manoj came home to narrate the story, Uthara was present, and he asked her if she could act. Uthara accepted the offer even before she learnt about her character or the story.

A familiar mother-daughter relationship

We trust our mothers the most in the world. While some have a very open mother-daughter relationship, others are scared of breaking their mother’s heart with what they share. In ‘Khedda’, you see a mother who lives for her daughter. Savitha is a nursery school teacher who had a love marriage at a very young age. She is determined to take care of her daughter by any means.

‘Khedda’ explores the developments in their life. Savitha and her daughter are familiar to the audience; they represent the women we see around us. In an era overwhelmed with social media, the film explores the nuances of certain wrong incidents within households which were in the headlines.

Still scared of police

Even after playing the character of a police officer in 'Drishyam', I am still afraid of the police. I have even asked my mother if she used to scare me with stories of policemen in my childhood. I used to wonder whether I was a burglar or something in my previous life.

Asha Sharath with family at Uthara's engagement

Marriage is one’s choice

There is nothing that hinders you from living a life without getting married; it is entirely your choice. I find only education as a necessity in life. I had told Uthara to let me know when she thought it was the right time to get a companion. She could either find one of her own or ask my help in finding one. Uthara spoke to me about marriage while we were on a car ride when she was 22 or 23 years old. I was thrilled when she told me that she wants to get married. She is getting married in the coming March.

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