Her debut film Vallavanuku Pullum Aayudham (VPA) threw the spotlight on her co-star Santhanam, who turned hero with the film. But newbie Ashna Zaveri was quite content with the mileage the movie gave to the newcomer. Now, she is geared up for her second Kollywood flick in which she has teamed up with Santhanam again. Talking about her role in the upcoming film, and how her comfort level has increased with Santhanam, she tells CE, “The film is being directed by Murugan and Anand, two debut directors. But it is yet to be titled.”
“The directors were part of the VPA team and had gotten to know me well during the shoot. So, when they came up with this script, they thought that I fit the bill for the lead role. I play a bold and talkative girl in this film. It is very similar to how I am in real life,” Ashna adds.
The actor is thrilled about the role, which, she says, is different from her debut role. “In VPA, I was mostly clad in Indian wear, and played a demure, small town girl. In my second flick, I get to show another side of myself. I play a vibrant, confident, glamorous, rich, city girl with a strong personality, who is trendy and wears modern clothes,” she says with a grin.
Ashna is serious about her stint in K Town. “I joined an acting workshop. I’ve also hired a Tamil tutor in Mumbai. Now, my dialogue delivery is better. Now, when Santhanam pulls my leg, I reply. I’m very comfortable teaming up with him again. As a newcomer, I was in awe of him. Now, I see him as the character,” she says.
Ashna says she is excited about a particular song she shot for the movie. “It’s a wine shop song choreographed by Raju Sundaram master. Usually, such songs are filmed on the hero. But in this song, I come as part of Santhanam’s imagination!”
The first schedule of the movie is over, and the second is slated to start in Puducherry soon.
Throwing some light on the story, Ashna says, “It’s something we all can relate to. Usually, a man is torn between his family and lover, trying to keep them both happy. The film deals with how a man strikes a balance between the both of them. It’s a topic that will appeal to the youth,” she says.