Kavya Madhavan says she abhors living out of a suitcase. “I spend years doing that and did roles that were too mature for my age. Now, I pick only meaningful and meaty roles,” says she. So, when legendary director Adoor Gopalakrishnan invited her to play the lead in his next Pinneyum - which is happening after a gap of eight years - Kavya says she didn’t have much to ponder on.
“I didn’t ask for a script or an one-liner. There were no discussions or references. That is the amount of trust I place on Adoor sir and his talent,” says Kavya.
As Pinneyum, where she is cast opposite Dileep, hits the marquee next week, Kavya says her second stint with Adoor Gopalakrishnan was a gratifying experience. She plays Devi, a school teacher, the kind of character one always identifies Kavya with. “Pinneyum is a family drama, but a love story at the core. Dileep plays my husband. The movie has the feel and flavor of rustic Kerala, that has been missing on screen for sometime,” says the actor.
The movie is said to bring back the old-world charm and Kavya says even her character is quite raw. “Adoor sir is someone who prefers his artists perform with spontaneity . He would be delighted to give a script if we ask, but we are absolutely sure what he has on mind is the best,” she adds.
She loves that spontaneity too. “I enjoy it. He explains to us the sequence that will be shot that day and we just have to play it out. I find it challenging yet great, but there might be actors who might find it a bit of a task,” says the actor whose first movie with Adoor was his Naalu Pennungal in 2007.
So, has the crackling on screen chemistry she shares with Dileep helped the movie? “We have done a lot of movies together. And, in Pinneyum’, Dileep has a very serious character, a change from the bubbly persona that one usually tags him with,” says Kavya.
But, why is she super-selective these days? Kavya says rarely does any role interest her. “I am now nurturing the entrepreneur side of mine. Lakshya, the online retail clothing venture, run by my family is growing and I need to devote a chunk of my time for it,” says Kavya.
So, what’s next? “I am doing a Jeethu Joseph project which hasn’t been named yet. It is a good role and I look forward to it,” winds up Kavya Madhavan.