It only takes a moment to change everything in life. When your dreams turn into reality, you can hardly believe yourself. It was one of the biggest surprises for Nimisha Sajayan when she received wide applause for the stunning performance in her debut film Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum. But for Nimisha, the tag of 'celebrity' is yet to sink in.
Bagging one film after another, the award winning actress has now joined the team of Lal Jose’s movie Nalpathiyonnu. She plays the lead role of ‘Bagyasuma’ in the movie.
She considers herself to be lucky to receive a red carpet welcome at Venice international film festival for the screening of her movie Chola and also received the State award for the best actress at such an early age.
Even as Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's Chola, which is Nimisha’s latest movie, is gearing up for release, the young actress is relishing some of the greatest moments of her career. As she continues her successful streak, she opens up on her life on and off the screen.
Cinemas which tells the life of village
The movie Nalpathiyonnu is Lal Jose Sir’s 25th movie. It is a political satire coupled with romance. Two years ago it was Lal Jose Sir who invited me to do the lead role. The character Bagyasuma passes through two stages of her life. Although she is not a protagonist, the role of a college-cum-working woman has a dominant part to play in the movie
Well there was an iota of doubt in the beginning if I could perform well in the movie. I have been playing very serious characters and naturally I had doubts if I would be able to play the role of a naughty girl. This is quite a different experience to handle the role in this movie.
Well I felt a big difference from what I learnt in my acting experiences so far. What is more, this is the first movie in which I share screen space with Biju Chetan (Biju Menon). The movie has gifted me funny and joyful moments. I am very proud to be part of a movie that deals with relevant social issues.
The shooting was indeed very thrilling. He used to prompt us to observe similar characters in life around us. He even asked us to minutely observe the movements and expression of onlookers on the set. Since then such observations became a habit for me.
Problems and issues faced by women
Yes, definitely, the movie highlights issues faced by women in general. I got a role to play a stand-up comedian character. I sought the help of stand-up comedians before the beginning of the shooting. I'm very glad the directors chose a female character to become the protagonist of the story. It's indeed a new and noteworthy change that the spectators are equally acknowledging the movie without gender differences.
The movie Chola has received wide applause from film buffs. In the movie, I played the character Janu, a student of VIII standard. The story portrays the mental conflicts of a girl who was a rape victim in her childhood.
It was a strenuous effort for me to sink in the character during the initial days of the shooting.
New Gen actress
Well I have come into the limelight when the audience have lauded my performance in the movie Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum. That is how I earned the name of new gen actress. The movies Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, Oru Kuprasidha Payyan, Eeda which portrayed many realistic events in life. I am so proud to be part of these movies. Moreover, I was fortunate enough to be involved in these movies of women directors like Soumya Sadanandan and Vidhu Vincent.
Subject is the hero
Never have I played a central character in any of the movie. But still, my character has got its prominence. Parvathy-starrer Take off, Uyare and other movies like Finals, June which had strong female characters received rapturous applause from the film buffs and critics alike. When these movies hit the theatres, spectators of both sex who thronged the theatres appreciated the subject. Here novelty of the subject is the icing on the cake.
So the subjects representing novelty plays a major part. The acceptance of such movies among the public is an indicator of a major transition that Malayalam movies is about to witness in the near future.
(Full interview of Nimisha Sajayan can be read in the November issue of Star & Style)