One year to make a mark. Not everybody can boast of something like that and still not let it get to their heads. Vidyullekha Raman, on the other hand, still remains as composed as she was before her debut in Neethane En Ponvasantham in 2012 – even though her films with two of Kollywood’s biggest stars, Jilla and Veeram, are releasing on January 10.
But mention either of the films to her and her composure seems to crack a little. “The hype surrounding the films is so scary simply because of the amount of expectation they have whipped up,” she says sensibly. “But I don’t think fans will be disappointed. It will be a good treat for Tamil film fans,” she adds.
The comedienne has been juggling both Vijay and Ajith fans for the past couple of months. “Both films were in a sort of a rat race with each other and the fans were absolutely horrid to the people from the opposing faction,” she says with a chuckle. “I felt obligated to step in and sort of answer to both. Of course, now they seem to have decided to just forget what the other person is doing and concentrate on promoting the film of their hero,” adds Vidyullekha.
The actor had a really busy 2013 starting with the release of Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru. In 2014, she has two more films lined up for release – the Tamil and Telugu remakes of the Malayalam film 22 Female Kottayam. Panjumittai with veteran actor Pandiaraj is still under production.
With so many of her roles involving comedy, does she worry that she might be typecast? “I think it is a little too late for that. I’ve already been typecast!” says the daughter of yesteryear comedian Mohan Raman.
“But my role in Malini 22 isn’t just comedy, it’s got other shades too, so hopefully I will be able to strike a balance in terms of comedy and serious roles in my career,” she says.
But Vidyullekha doesn’t want to be known just as a comedienne. “I’d rather be called a character artiste,” she says, citing the example of Manorama. “She cannot be called just a comedienne. I want to be like that.”