Manjima Mohan, who tasted success with 'Achcham Yenbathu Madamaiyada' (AYM) and 'Sathriyan', hopes to continue her dream run in K’town with the upcoming film 'Ippadai Vellum'. She also talks about the Malayalam remake of 'Queen', a film she says is a huge responsibility.
When we call her for the interview, a busy Manjima, who is en route to the airport, says, “I am running around and figuring out the last-minute to-do list as I am taking off to France in a few hours. But that’s okay, we can talk.” The actress, who was initially referred to as the 'Thalli Pogadhey' girl, is gearing up for another Tamil release; Ippadai Vellum on November 9.
“Ippadai Vellum will be more prominent in my career due to various reasons. I first accepted the film because it is being produced by Lyca Productions. I signed the film without even listening to the story. However, on the sets, Gaurav’s well-etched story reinforced my decision,” says the actress.
Talking about her role in the film, she says, “This is one of the films, which will have its heroine in a prominent role. The audience will see me in a way they haven’t seen before. There is a special song for my character and when people see the costumes or the kind of makeover I’ve been given, they will be in for a surprise. Secondly, this movie will have me from the beginning till the end. I have so far done a commercial film and a movie which had scope to perform. It’s a complete package.”
Manjima is paired with Udhayanidhi Stalin in the film. “Coming from an illustrious background, Udhayanidhi Stalin has been a humble co-star. Moreover, he is humorous and also a very helpful person,” she remarks. She pauses as she gets off at the airport and checks in.
Is she going on vacation? “No. I will be starting the shoot of the Malayalam version of Queen there. It’s going to be very cold. Moreover, I’m a person who easily gets homesick and even before taking off I have started feeling so.”
She also talked about the film and said, “Although an official remake of Queen, the film will have a few changes to suit local sensibilities. Be it me or Kajal or Tamannaah, who are reprising Kangana’s role in different languages, we will have our own way of doing it. Moreover, we cannot really do what Kangana did.” Manjima sees doing Queen as a huge responsibility.
“Not even in the wildest of my dreams I had ever imagined that I will land Queen. When there were talks, I only imagined other actresses in the role. So, one fine day when I was in Chennai, I was called by the team to listen to the story and I was selected in the next few minutes. That’s how Queen came my way,” she concludes.
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