'I'm The Second Hero In Yaan' - The New Indian Express

'I'm The Second Hero In Yaan'

Published: 15th May 2014 10:58 AM

Last Updated: 15th May 2014 11:13 AM

She had a dream debut with Mani Ratnam launching her in his film Kadal. Now, Thulasi, the daughter of yesteryear actor Radha, is back with her second film and with yet another acclaimed name in cinema. Renowned Bollywood cinematographer Ravi K Chandran has cast her opposite Jiiva in his directorial debut Yaan. In a chat with the vibrant youngster, CE discovered that being part of the film has given Thulasi several reasons to smile.

Having lost oodles of weight, the younger sister of Ko actor Karthika, looks like a million bucks. We quiz her about it and she laughs and says, “Yes, I have lost weight. I wanted to be fit and slim for my own sake and for the demanding profession I am in.”

Her face lights up while speaking about her role in Yaan. “I play an Army officer’s daughter in the film. It was quite easy to fit into the role since my dad is quite strict and disciplined in real life!” she says candidly, grinning like a typical teenager. Apparently, the actor had some tough times juggling her acting career and studies. “Whenever there was a shoot, I usually had some exam or the other coming up. Even tomorrow I have my eleventh standard exam. But I have come to Chennai for the audio launch and media meet. I’ll be flying back today to Mumbai to make it on time for the exam.  So it’s been a tight squeeze. But I’ve managed to get good marks so far,” she says.

Thulasi shares the screen with Jiiva. Elaborating further on her role, she says, “When this role was offered to me, I was in love with it immediately! But I was also apprehensive since my role is equal to that of the hero. In fact, you can say I’m the second hero of the film! So I was initially scared to take it up since it put a lot of responsibility on me. Before accepting the role  I asked Ravi sir if he really believed I could do justice to it.” Ravi’s reply had instantly put her at ease. “Ravi sir assured me that he had made the right choice. He said, ‘If Mani Ratnam can trust you with his film, so can I.”

Shooting in Morocco was a fun ride for the talkative and vivacious youngster. “It was a tight schedule for me, but the one new thing I enjoyed immensely was the camel ride there. The locals speak mostly in French and I had a good time trying my schoolgirl French there, trying to impress the unit!” she says. Apparently, she even got Nasser, who is usually serious, listening to her non-stop banter and chatting with her. “Those in the unit told me that’s very rare, since Nasser sir is usually quite serious on the sets!” she grins. Thulasi is quite clear about her future when she says, “I’m here to stay and I’ll continue acting as long as I get good scripts.”

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