We only had a fleeting glimpse of her in the past few years, except for Molly Aunty Rocks, released last year in which she was again in her element. But that doesn’t mar the passion of three-time National Award winner Revathy towards Malayalam films and Kerala. Clad in a white and red cotton sari, the actress looks simple and elegant as ever, as we sit down for a chat. Revathy, who will be donning the role of the anchor in the upcoming reality show, Malayali House says she is very much in touch with the industry. “I have watched Amen and Annayum Rasoolum recently, and I loved both movies thoroughly. I do keep tab of the Malayalam films and I find the films interesting, even though I have been absent from the scene for a while,” says the talented actor.
The actor is stationed at Mumbai these days, doing more other-language projects. One of her upcoming ambitious projects is Margarita With a Straw by director Shonali Bose, who won seven National Awards for the film Amu in 2005. Revathy says, “Shonali is a good friend of mine, who recently won the Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award for the script of Margarita With a Straw. In the film, I will be acting as the mother of Kalki Koechlin.”
The actor is tight-lipped about her role in the film that is reported to be on the struggles of a woman with cerebral palsy. Revathy says the film will be released in 2014.
In Two States directed by Abhishek Varman, based on the novel of the same name by Chetan Bhagath, she is donning the role of the heroine’s mother, a South Indian conservative woman. The film that tells the love story of a North Indian boy and a South Indian girl, played by Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt respectively, will reach the theatres soon.
“Apart from the films that I do, the reality show, Malayali House is my latest excitement,” she says. The show, to begin on May 5 in Surya TV, reflects the lives of 16 contestants, who will stay in a house for some months together under the scrutiny of a cameras. Revathy, who will be the sole person to visit the inmates, says, “I have been really enthusiastic about this concept. I will be the listener, counsellor and agony aunt of the contestants, who include film actors, TV stars and other people. The nuances of human behaviour has always been my area of concern, and that is why I accepted to be the anchor of this show.”
Revathy had earlier anchored Kanamarayathu, a show that traced missing children from the state and reunited them with their family. She says, “Being a show with a social relevance, Kanamarayathu garnered me good feedback. I have always felt that television is a medium with great scope and reach.”
The actor adds she has not committed any projects in Malayalam of late. “I have been getting offers, but nothing exciting. I do look forward to do films, but only if the role satiates the actor in me,” she signs off.