Actress Vidya Pradeep, who was last seen in the sleeper hit film 'Achamindri', now has half a dozen films in her kitty. The scientist-actress talks about her adventures in Kollywood and how she strikes a balance between academics and entertainment.
Earlier, one could either find Vidya in a movie shoot or in a research lab. However, the actress seem to been on the sets full-time. Post a successful beginning with films like Saivam, Pasanga 2 and Acha mindri, Vidya will be a part of much-anticipated films of the year like Arulnithi’s Iravukku Aayiram Kangal, Arun Vijay’s Thadam, Krishna’s Kalari and Atharvaa’s Otthaiku Ottha among others.
“I take my time after listening to scripts and analyse if they have scope to perform before committing myself to it. Though I play the female lead in upcoming films like Asurakulam and Kalari , the audience will see me as one of the leads in films like Otthaiku Ottha and Iravukku Aayiram Kangal,” she begins.
The actress says that the industry is still typecasting heroines and people nowadays are smart enough to acknowledge performances of other important characters as well. “Heroines still run around the trees singing duets, which is why, I take up character roles as well. I play a cop in Thadam and a character with shades of grey in Iravukku Aayiram Kangal. As the female lead in Kalari, I play the role of a beautician. I ensure that I don’t make myself or my characters look drab on screen,” adds Vidya.
Talking about Otthaiku Ottha, she says, “I play yet another important role in the film. I play a college-going girl in a rural getup and I have finished shooting for the film.” When asked about playing a cop in Thadam, she says, “I completely went by my director Magizh Thirumeni’s instruction. He is a professional, who extracts what he wants from his artistes. Thadam came across to me as a learning of a lifetime.”
However, it was Iravukku Aayiram Kangal that required Vidya to perform stunts for the films. “There was an intense action scene involving me and Arulnithi. Stunt scenes require the correct timing and I kept missing it. There was no body double for the shot. Also, when he chose for the role, initially I myself couldn’t believe that would suit the character. However, I managed to pull it off.”
Vidya says that though she has been listening to a few scripts, she is now busy with her project at work. “I am currently working as a junior scientist at a reputed hospital in the city and will submit my research paper in the next couple of months. I am working on it now. Last year, my paper based on cytotherapy was published in the International Journal of Cell Therapy. I either shoot or work on my research paper. I am happy to have struck a balance between movies and research,” she finishes.