Actress Aparna Balamurali went on to become a famous name in the South after playing one of the female leads in the Malayalam blockbuster 'Maheshinte Prathikaram'. Her Tamil debut '8 Thottakal' too went on to become a success. Now she tells us about playing the female lead in Rajiv Menon’s 'Sarvam Thaala Mayam' and how the team prepped up for their characters.
Aparna Balamurali went on to become a famous name in the South after playing one of the female leads in the Malayalam blockbuster Maheshinte Prathikaram. Her Tamil debut 8 Thottakal too went on to become a success. The actress will now be seen playing the female lead in Rajiv Menon’s Sarvam Thaala Mayam, which has GV Prakash playing the lead and has music composed by AR Rahman.
"The team had seen Maheshinte Prathikaaram and called me for an audition in Chennai. One of Rajeev sir’s assistants had called me and I thought it was a prank call. Then director Sri Ganesh of 8 Thottakal informed me that one of Rajeev sir’s ADs had asked him for my number," Aparna begins.
The actress also says that Rajiv had offered her scenes from the film as part of her auditions. "Apart from being an ace cinematographer, he is a brilliant director, who prepares his actors well before the shoot. We attended a workshop and were made to undergo a training prior to the filming last December. We were ready by the time and knew our scenes well as we shot them. I was amazed to see him back in the director’s seat after 15 years. It seemed like he had never lost touch with his art," she adds.
The actress plays the role of a Malayalee nurse in the film, who works in Chennai, while GV plays a drummer. Aparna, who shot for 20 days for the film, says that almost all her portions for the film have been canned. "It was a productive 20 day schedule as we shot for various portions in a day. The entire schedule was well-planned. Rajiv sir doesn’t believe in schedule breaks and makes his artistes deliver while they are completely engrossed in the character, which makes everyone’s tasks easy," she says.
"Though I had my dialogues in Malayalam, everyone on the sets spoke Tamil. Despite knowing the language, I found it difficult to converse. Rajiv sir’s daughter helped me convey things to people on the sets and even to Rajiv sir," added Aparna.
The actress says she is now focussing on her studies. "I’m pursuing a degree in architecture and haven’t signed on any films. I’m awaiting the release of my Malayalam features and will join the shoot of Sarvam Thaala Mayam for a brief schedule," she concludes.