‘I never did a lip lock scene’ - The New Indian Express

‘I never did a lip lock scene’

Published: 23rd November 2013 10:24 AM

Last Updated: 23rd November 2013 12:07 PM

She’s the doe-eyed Kerala beauty, who was first seen in Tamil films in director Ezhil’s Manam Kothi Paravai (MKP). Now, Athmeeya, is back with her second film, Pongudi Neegalum Unga Kadhalum (PNUK), directed by M A Ramakrishnan who is also the hero.  A trained nurse, who completed her BSc in Nursing in Mangalore, she opted for a career in movies instead. In a chat with CE, Athmeeya reveals more about her journey and her take on the glamour route.

“I was getting lots of film offers, but I decided to complete my studies in nursing first. My dad KV Rajan is a drama artiste and I had acted as a child artiste in one film. The offer from Ezhil came when he was scouting for locations in Kerala and happened to see my photos, through a family friend,” recalls Athmeeya.

Though MKP, the Sivakarthikeyan starrer,  got her noticed, she was off the radar for a while due to her mother’s illness.  “Now that my mom is better, I am giving films my full attention,” says Athmeeya. Her Malayalam debut Rose Guitarinal has released recently.

In PNUK, she plays a forceful, fiery and bold city girl,  just  the opposite of her role in her debut film. “I am quite soft spoken in real life, so doing this role was a challenge,” she says. “In addition, I had lengthy dialogues as well. So, the challenge lay in giving angry expressions in a loud voice and also mouthing several pages of dialogues,” she discloses.

In her debut film, she played a village character, with a homely look, while in PNUK she has played a modern girl, with the trailer even showing a lip lock with the hero. So, will she take the glamour route to success like some of her predecessors from Kerala? “No, I prefer only homely roles,” she clarifies. “I make it very clear when accepting a film that I won’t do any intimate scenes, nor wear any vulgar costumes.” So how does she explain the lip lock shown in the trailer? “I don’t know how that came about. As far as I know, we had no lip lock during the shoot.  Maybe it was just some shots juxtaposed to  give that impression. In fact, I hope it will be removed,” she says with a concerned look on her face.

In the meantime, she is readying to shoot the remaining two songs for the movie.

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