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    Actress Keerthy Suresh talks about her first Tamil film Idhu Enna Mayam

    Keerthy Suresh always knew she was going to be an actress. The daughter of veteran actress Menaka and producer Suresh, she entered films at the age of six, as a child artiste starring in Pilot, an action -drama produced by her father. Boasting a packed calendar today,  she debuted in a lead role in Malayalam cinema with Priyadarshan’s Geetanjali in 2013 and is especially excited about her upcoming film, Idhu Enna Mayam. In the romance-drama she plays Maya, an urban girl, opposite actor Vikram Prabhu.

    Character connect
    Happy with her projects, the 22-year-old believes that language has not been a barrier. Fluent in Tamil and Malayalam, she’s even researched the mannerisms and cultural traits required for her Telugu characters. From playing Karthika Devi (aka KD), a traditional yet bubbly Madurai girl in Rajini Murugan’s upcoming film, to a mature woman in Kavalai Vendam and a bold girl from a poor family in Pambu Sattai – the actress has attempted versatile roles. “I am a lot like the characters I play. I think I’m urban and composed like Maya but also very bubbly and sometimes KD (Tamil slang for cunning ) so there is a little of me in all my characters. Besides I love being in front of the camera, so it comes easily to me,” grins Suresh, who  completed a course in fashion design from city-based Pearl Academy, hoping to visualise costumes for her father’s films some day. Quiz her on a possible stint in Bollywood and she says, “I want to do more character-based roles and am not comfortable doing glamour or showing skin. I would rather do films in the South, where I am wanted, than go seeking a bigger industry where I’d be unnoticed,” she says, adding she is against the size zero fad and insists she wants to keep her “curves”.

    Like daughter
    Her family recently opened a film academy in Thiruvananthapuram called Revathy Kalamandir Film Institute. “My father started it to guide aspiring filmmakers. We have veterans from the industry like Priyadarshan and Sharada coming to teach. While my father is the chairman, my mother the CEO and my sister the vice president, I call myself the brand ambassador,” laughs Suresh, who says she would love to share her experiences with the students.
    The actress’s support system is her mother, who guides her and keeps track of her schedule. “I loved my mother in her debut film Oppol (1980, Malayalam) and then the Tamil film Savitri. She had a fine acting graph but she could not take up certain character roles. This is a motivation of sorts for me; to take up challenging roles,” says the actress, who has Mani Ratnam, Satyan Anthiikad  and Rajamouli on her wish list. She also hopes to act opposite Suriya, besides Dulquer Salmaan. Her future projects in Malayalam include Darboni, an off-beat film where she plays a traditional girl. Suresh, who is rumoured to star opposite Dhanush in his next project, hopes to do thrillers someday.
    Idhu Enna Mayam  is scheduled to release
    next month.

    Niranjana Hariharanandanan


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