Roma is back, but only for roles that give her creative satisfaction. The actor says she wants to explore her artistic side. So, when the offer for Dhipan’s Sathya came, Roma took it up without any second thoughts. “It is the most challenging of all my roles,” says the actor.
From Bangalore, Roma shares with Express her views on present day cinema and how Parvathy, with whom she debuted in Notebook, is doing great in South.
Why don’t you call Sathya your comeback movie?
It is never a comeback. People may feel that way because I do only one or two movies a year now, unlike before. As an artist, I like to explore my creative space. Also, I sign movies only if I feel the role is good and central to the movie. Offers are pouring in from Malayalam and other South Indian industries, but I am very particular to do only those which gives me artistic satisfaction. I don't want to do a miss-and-blink character in a movie, how much ever big it is.
Tell us about your role in upcoming thriller Sathya.
I cannot reveal much because it is a suspense. However, my character’s name is Rosy. By far, this is the most challenging role in my career. I had to move out of my comfort zone to play this part and I hope it makes a mark.
You have signed another Malayalam movie under a new director.
The Malayalam industry is full of talented people, whether they are actors, directors, technicians or cameramen. The industry is open to new comers and they are proving to be good too. The movie, which is still to be named, will go on floors by January end or the beginning of February. I took it up because the character was interesting.
It’s been 10 years here. How has the industry changed?
Today, everybody is talented. There is so much of versatility in the industry now. The heroines are doing really good roles. I am especially proud of what Parvathy has achieved as an actor. She is very gifted. It feels good because we have known each other since Notebook days. She is taking good decisions and essaying characters of strength, sense and self-confidence. Even today, when we meet at award functions, we reflect upon our association from Notebook days.
You haven't moved to other language movies like many others.
As an artist, I think it is very important to experiment. You should never stick to just one language. I stuck to doing more Malayalam movies because the industry was good to me. It gave me a good break and helped me establish. My wish is to do a lot of other language movies. I would love to be given roles in Punjabi and Bengali films. I am leaving it all on destiny.