KOCHI: She redefined side roles and asserted the fact that screen space has nothing to do with staying on a cine-goer’s mind. With her impeccable comic timing and vivacious presence, Srinda Ashab has proved that she is here to stay.
Srinda, who got a big break through 1983 where she played naive Susheela or the more recent Manglish in which she played the affectionate Mumtaz, is eagerly awaiting the release of her next, Homely Meals where she will play Nanditha, a TV journalist.
“And, no I’m not doing comedy in Homely Meals. I am sure that this role will help me break the pattern I have been following,” says Srinda who adds that she is happy to do something different. The movie will hit the screens this Onam.
“I am confident that Homely Meals will be a fresh experience. This is a simple movie which will break the conventional hero outlook too. The lead character here is Vipin who plays Allen. He is not the stereotypical hero we see today. Allen is a person who harbours cinema dreams and, Nanditha is someone who supports him throughout this journey,” says Srinda.
She adds that the movie’s name reflects its content. “Homely meals is something we all search for. It is a reflection of our simplicity. The movie echoes the same sentiments. It is a raw outing,” says Srinda.
Srinda is equally excited about her debut Tamil release Vennila Veedu where she plays a character with negative shades. “It is a family drama and I play the lead character that has negative shades to it. It is an interesting debut,” says Srinda.
For someone who has enacted side roles with so much ease, Srinda says she is a perfect ‘director’s artist’. “I follow what they say. I am a tool in the hands of a director. All the movies I have done so far, my directors gave me the freedom and they were all clear of what they wanted. So, it wasn’t hard at all,” says Srinda.
So, what does she think makes her strike? “I think it is the roles. All the characters that I etched so far are one that anybody can relate to. We many have seen such people around us. They are someone who can make you laugh out aloud and at the same time emotional. Be it in 1983 where she pawns her bangle to cough up money or in Annayum Rasoolum, where the woman who bereaves the loss of her husband, they are someone who connects emotionally to the viewer,” says Srinda.
She believes that being mother had helped her in her profession. “I think I am a better actor, because I am a mother. The phases a woman undergo in her life during motherhood makes it easy to portray emotions well. I think this is the best phase for an actor to make a debut,” says Srinda.