Too much PR in Bollywood, says Kollywood actress Trisha

Latha Srinivasan

Aug,05 2014 16:57:50 IST

From a young model and beauty queen in her school days to a successful film star in the south, Trisha has indeed come a very long way. She started her career with a supporting role in the Tamil film Jodi in 1999, but it was in 2002 when she appeared as the heroine in Mounam Pesiyadhe that she soared. The string of hits that followed, like Saamy, Ghilli, Aaru, Aayudha Ezhuthu in Tamil and Varsham and Nuvvostanante Nennoddantana in Telugu, made her one of south India's top heroines.

Whether she was playing the sweet girl next door or the village belle or a spirited college student, Trisha has proved to critics and the audience that she is one talented actor who cannot be easily dismissed - and that perhaps is the secret to her longevity in the south film industry.

In an industry where heroines usually have a short shelf life, Trisha has now completed a decade in Kollywood and she's showing few signs of slowing down. Her success puts her in the same bracket as legendary actresses like Sridevi, Radha, Ambika and Khushboo. Still, Trisha remains humble and says she owes much of her standing to her mother, who has been her manager.

Courtesy: Wikipedia

Courtesy: Wikipedia

She is presently working with Gautham Menon for the second time, after the stupendous success of Vinnai Thandi Varuvaaya (VTV) in 2010. While VTV was a romantic love story, this new film will showcase her in a different light, says Trisha. “This flick is much more intense and the movie is an action one unlike VTV," she said, talking about the new film. "It does have a love story but ... we are trying something new and I really hope that we can pull it off and the audience accepts it.”

While Trisha has played some strong women characters on-screen, she’s yet to take on a full-fledged heroine-oriented script. There were rumours that the actor had been approached for the Tamil / Telugu remake of Queen, but Trisha denies it. “It would be great to be part of films like that,” she said. “But one can’t do those films for the sake of doing them – they have to be right for you. It needs to work for you as an actor else it backfires. I definitely think heroine-oriented films are interesting and it would work for me.”

In recent times, Bollwyood has seen a number of strong female-oriented films, like Kahaani, Queen, Bobby Jasoos and Priyanka Chopra’s soon-to-be-released Mary Kom. This, however, isn’t enough to tempt Trisha, whose only Hindi film credit is director Priyadarshan’s Khatta Meetha (2010), with Akshay Kumar (it earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut). “Bollywood has a very different style of working which didn’t suit me,” said Trisha. “The stress on public appearances and PR is so much with every film and one needs to devote a lot of time in Mumbai for this. I didn’t want to leave a film industry where I was already well-established and try [from scratch] in another place.”

Speaking of actresses working in both Bollywood and in south Indian cinema, like Kajal Aggarwal and Tamannaah, Trisha said, “I think that’s great for them. They are from Mumbai so I think it’s a little easier to work out of home. At one point, people asked me why I was doing both Tamil and Telugu but that worked for me. So whatever works for each person. Each to their own. I am not saying no to Bollwyood, but it should work for me.”

After starring in Bodyguard in 2012, a brief hiatus followed for Trisha as far as Telugu films go. “Sometimes one can’t explain these things,” she said. “I was close to signing some films and didn’t want to do some. It wasn’t an intentional break, it just happened.” Trisha’s always been choosy about the films she signs and even in Tamil cinema, she’s chosen to work only on projects that really appealed to her. So far, she's worked with all the top stars of the film industries down south, including Kamal Haasan. However, Trisha's one remaining wish is to work with Rajinikanth. “I think I’d have come full circle if I worked with him,” she said.

The actor has also been in the news constantly for her rumored link-ups (with Rana Dagubatti, for instance) and marriage. But she is unfazed and laughs it off. "Every few months I read that I am getting married but that's not true! When I do decide to tie the knot, I'll be the first to let my fans and well wishers know. I think I owe them that much," said Trisha.

Updated Date: Aug 05, 2014 16:59 PM