Anjali has been a strong player in the South Indian film industry over the past 12 years, since her debut with director Ram’s Kattradhu Tamizh back in 2007. This Friday’s Peranbu, again with director Ram, will be Anjali’s 47th film release. She has mostly done Tamil films, along with a handful in Telugu and a few in Kannada and Malayalam too. She will in fact be having 3 of her Tamil films releasing in February - Nadodigal 2 and Lisaa, apart from Peranbu. Anjali is also someone who has done a lot of solid content-oriented films along with a few hardcore commercial films too.
“I’m more inclined towards strong performance oriented films but not all films are like that. I tend to take up commercial films hence, but make sure that even those films have a strong part for me.”, added Anjali in an exclusive interview to us. She spoke at length about her co-actors in Peranbu, Mammotty and child actor Sadhana, and director Ram.
"Ram sir invariably gives me good roles. Kattradhu Tamizh was my first film, and I obviously accepted it without any second thoughts. The role in Taramani also wasn’t something which any random actress could’ve done. It started off as a cameo role but was fleshed out further and was an important part. In the same way, Peranbu also has a very strong part for me," said Anjali.
Anjali was genuine in her appraisal of her co-stars in Peranbu. “I tried my best to be my natural self while acting with Mammootty sir. My performance wasn’t flowing when I tried to be conscious of his presence. It was a mental adjustment that I had to make. He does some magic with his eyes and conveys fine little nuances. I noticed them while dubbing for the film and learnt a lot from his craft. Mammootty sir is also someone who is unpredictable with respect to the number of takes he requires and the take that he would finally approve. Hence I had to be on top of my game for each take. Young Sadhana did an absolutely fantastic job, playing a spastic child. Not all spastic children behave the same way. So she observed a lot of such children and worked on her body language meticulously. While we were shooting for Taramani, Sadhana was already preparing herself for Peranbu.”
“Coming to Ram sir, he has stayed the same over the past 12 years that I’ve known him. Kattradhu Tamizh was proclaimed ahead of time back then, and people are finally appreciating it now. The kind of movies that we see now has changed but he is always one step ahead of the rest.”, closed Anjali.
We just can’t wait to see Peranbu!