Mallya robbed my dreams: Captain Gopinath

Neetha Nataraj

Priya Nair, Captain Gopinath and Aparna Balamurali

Thiruvananthapuram: Speaking at a session on 'Life and Screen' at MBIFL, Captain Gopinath shared his experience in the monetary investment deal in his airline business with Vijay Mallya. He said that initially Captain wasn't keen in the affair as he knew that being a determined man, eventually Mallya would takeover his airline. At a certain juncture, he agreed for the involvement but with terms and conditions. He added that when the agreement was broken after the takeover, Vijay Mallya shattered his dreams.

The session was on the topic 'life and screen' where real life hero of the biopic 'Soorarai Pottru', Captain Gopinath and his Screen life heroine Aparna Balamurali shared their experiences about life and screen. The moderator of the session was academician Priya Nair.

Architect-turned actress Aparna affirmed that her choice of acting career was felt right after she did the movie 'Soorarai Pottru '. The hardwork, effort and perserverence of the entire team paid well when the hero and heroine of the movie bagged National Award for the Best Actor and Actress.

The National Award has added responsibility and pressure on her to make the right choices in the future.

She went on to say that the character Bommi of the movie is relative to the actress as Aparna is also driven and persistent like the character. Captain Gopinath filled in by saying that women of home should be the backbone of their partners but at the same time they shouldn't get subsumed.

Captain Gopinath remembered on how he encouraged his wife to take up confectionery business which was found out to be her passion. She did extremely well in her path and supported her husband all way through.

Speaking about her acting journey, Aparna admitted that she did make a few mistakes in the past by committing herself to wrong scripts but now she is careful and tries to be politically correct in the choice of characters.

Though her recent public remark on remuneration equalisation for women in the industry turned controversial, it has helped her speak to the film makers and get her needs attended to. She mentioned that like any other industry, movie and acting is a welcome industry to be in for women who seek for a career in movies.

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