‘I Have to Say Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg for Inam’ - The New Indian Express

‘I Have to Say Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg for Inam’

Published: 22nd March 2014 11:26 AM

Last Updated: 22nd March 2014 11:28 AM

Facebook photos are notorious for showing people in unflattering light. But a no-makeup-and-messy-hair photo is blasphemy for any Bollywood actor and model. However, it was exactly what director Santosh Sivan needed to decide that actor Sugandha Ram was perfect for his upcoming bilingual film Inam.

“It’s all thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, actually,” says the actor with a laugh.

Sivan, for his part, has gone on record saying that he wanted all the ‘good-looking shots to be kept aside’ as he wanted the film to look ‘raw and rustic’.

After doing minor roles in films like Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na and My Name Is Khan, Tere Bin laden was Sugandha’s first big role. Inam is her Tamil debut, in which she plays a Sri Lankan refugee. “I couldn’t have asked for a better beginning. I play Rajini, an orphan child, who has been highly traumatised emotionally and physically. To me, she’s an epitome of human spirit,” she says.

While Inam is set in the background of the Sri Lankan civil war, the story itself revolves around a group of teenagers in an orphanage who get caught up in the midst of the war.

“We have tried to show the human side of the conflict. What happens to those innocent people who have been affected by war and how it changes their lives forms the rest of the story,” she says, hoping that the movie would change the way the Lankan refugees are looked at.

To get herself ready for the role, Sugandha had to do some research on civil war. In addition, she also had a dialogue coach who helped her get the Sri Lankan Tami accent right. “There is a lot of footage available online that gave me a fair idea about my role.  Also, Santosh Sivan is a very collaborative person, who encourages a lot of ideas from the crew. He is extremely nice and down to earth,” she says. While this is nothing short of a dream Kollywood debut for Sugandha, she also has two other releases in Hindi lined up this year — Shefali Bushan’s sequel to Tere Bin Laden, Jugni and Manu Warrier’s Coffee Bloom in her kitty.

 “I don’t want to be just famous. I want to do roles that recognise me as a better performer. I am keen to do meaty roles and I am willing to experiment with different genres,” she signs off.

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