Two of Shraddha Srinath’s films are releasing on the same day. She is eagerly looking forward to Kannada flick Operation Alamelamma and is equally happy about Tamil film, Vikram Vedha starring Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi. While everyone has been telling that she is incredibly lucky to have this, the actress says that she feels anxious. “I dread such days when you have to give equal time to both films. But many have told me that such an occasion is rare in an actor’s career and that I should celebrate it,” she says.
June 2016, Shraddha started on Operation Alamelamma and its theatrical release saw an unexpected delay but Shraddha says that has not affected the audience’s enthusiasm for it. “I remember when the first look of Suni’s film was released, there was quite a buzz. I was worried whether the audience would lose interest when the release kept delaying, but I was wrong. People’s interest in it has not weakened. Good content will always win hearts,” she says.
She says thinking about Ananya teacher, her role in Operation Alamelamma, always brings a smile to her face.
“Ananya teacher is a struggling middle-class girl who has to be responsible and loves to have a good time. From the promos, you can make out that Ananya is someone who doesn’t back down without a fight,” says Shraddha.
What has Ananya got to do with Alamelamma? “On the surface, Ananya’s is Purmy’s love interest. But who is Alamelamma in this whole operation? Does Ananya have a deeper, darker side is something that will unfold in the movie,” she says.
Shraddha says the strengths of Operation Alamelamma are its story, the way the characters have been written and dialoges. “The industry is obsessed with thrillers, it’s a trend. The USP of this film is the little humour woven into serious circumstances. The characters and the film get a stylised treatment from director Suni,” she says.
Starting with U-Turn, she is happy that her characters have always taken centrestage along with the hero. “There are no distractions,” she says. “This is a boon for Rishi and I, who are actors first.”
Rishi is debuting in Operation Alamelamma, but Shraddha says that he has performed as well as her.
“I have watched Operation Alamelamma and I have confidence in the film, which is smartly scripted,” she says. “Rishi is an incredible actor and a friend I truly respect. He needs all the good wishes.“
The actress is trying to reach various audiences through her movies. “I think multiplex audiences have different expectations from me,” she says. “There is also the untapped group, who we call the mass audience, and I now want to know how they accept me. And may be my upcoming film Johnny Johnny Yes Papa would be a window to such an audience.”