Newcomer Catherine Tresa on her two new Tamil films and her love for ‘loud masala’ movies
With movies in Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam in her kitty, Catherine Tresa is now venturing into the Tamil film industry with two projects—Madras with Karthi and Kannidhan with Adharva. “In Madras I play a girl from North Chennai, where the film is based, who is Karthi’s love interest. In Kannidhan, I play a contrasting character—I am portrayed as very glamorous and independent,” begins the Kottayam-born-Dubai-raised actress, who started her career with the Malayalam film Shankar IPS, with Vijay. Movies like Thriller and Godfather in Kannada, with Upendra, followed.
Several actresses, like Nayantara and Amala Paul, have made it big in the Tamil film industry. While we hope the same for Tresa, she says, “I have always liked what these actresses have done and appreciate where they are placed today. But I do not wish to be type cast and I don’t have any role models. I want to make my own mark.” What about genres that appeal? “I am currently working on a period film called Rudrama Devi in Telugu where I play a princess. I would love to do action as well. I love these loud, masala movies. I don’t want to do just one role all the time,” says the actress who hopes to work with all the new directors in the industry. And in between shoots and watching movies (the last film she watched was Mani Ratnam’s Kadal), the fan of Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Dexter and Two and a Half Men is loyal to her telly.
Madras is scheduled to release in August.