Anu Hasan, who is gearing up for the release of her upcoming film 'Valladesam' in which she plays a ruthless killer, says she’s looking forward to doing more films. In a career spanning over two decades, she’s also lent her voice to a few leading ladies, been the host of one of Tamil television’s first celebrity chat shows, apart from doing a few female-centric soap operas.
Anu Hasan, who is gearing up for the release of her upcoming film Valladesam in which she plays a ruthless killer, says she’s looking forward to doing more films. Despite having done very little yet noticeable work in films as compared to others of her ilk, the very talented Anu Hasan continues to be a household name. Perhaps, it is because her creative pursuits went much beyond acting.
In a career spanning over two decades, she’s also lent her voice to a few leading ladies, been the host of one of Tamil television’s first celebrity chat shows, apart from doing a few female-centric soap operas. “Looking back, I have no regrets. I’m happy I have played by my own rules. As for cinema, I’ve always been open to doing good roles. Having said that, at no point have I been in a rush to sign films. I have done varied roles in all these years and I’m happy about it. Someone recently asked me if I would be open to playing a character with negative shades. If the script is good, why not,” she says.
The actress, who was last seen in Yen Endraal Kaadhal Enben in 2012, is back with Valladesam, releasing on September 22. “I came across quite a few scripts but I was looking for something interesting and that’s when Valladesam happened,” she recalls. Talking about Valladesam, she says, “I play a mother and wife. I also play a ruthless killer. I played a powerful IPS officer in a TV series which was well-received. I am sure Valladesam too will strike a chord with the audience.” Says Anu.
But wasn’t it difficult, considering her fear for explosives and noise. “That’s true. Whenever its Deepavali, I lock myself in a room,” she laughs. However, she had to let go of her inhibitions for this film. “In the movie, there are scenes in which I fire a gun while explosives keep going off simultaneously. Before and after these shots, I felt a little uncomfortable. But as soon as my director said action, I was another person altogether,” she muses.
Revealing more about the film, she says, “We worked with a crew from UK so the stunts have shaped up very well. My martial art skills also came in handy. When they see me performing stunts in this film, my punches will look real and not clumsy. But I have to admit that I’ve never punched a person in real life,” she adds with a laugh.
Anu will be seen sharing screen space with Nasser, who played her father in her debut film, the critically acclaimed Indra. “I am very fond of him. He is a brilliant actor and hasn’t changed since then. Our chemistry in Valladesam has also worked out very well,” she adds.
Being a part of the illustrious Hasan family, do they discuss films regularly? “We never discuss films. It’s always arattai and jokes that form most of our conversations,” she says. “I am back in Chennai for good. So, I will be focussing on movies. Even if I don’t come across good scripts, I will be pursuing other things,” concludes Anu.
Q) Your favourite family member?
A) My late father had many admirable qualities. And I adored him. One of my favourite things about him was his ability to remain cool under pressure. The greater the pressure the calmer he became. In fact, he was even able to joke under those circumstances which helped ease the tension in those around him.
Q) If you were invisible?
A) I would become a spy for our country and go wherever we needed to for political advantage.
Q) Your ideal hangout spot?
A) Anywhere in the British countryside - the rolling green before me, blue sky above me and a few inquisitive cows behind a fence. I’d also like the company of my water colours and paper. A friendly dog would be an added bonus as long as he doesn’t walk over my painting!
Q) Your favourite music?
A) I love rock, jazz and pop. My latest favourite is Rockabye baby by Anne-Marie
Q) Your Biggest addiction?
A) I have no addiction. I believe nothing is indispensable and therefore I can do pretty much without anything. Boring answer, but there you go!
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