She’s lived most of her young life in the US and yet retained her passion for Indian dance forms and arts. It was this passion that has made her a film’s heroine today.
Mrithika, who is playing one of the female leads in Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu (555), says it’s only because of director Sasi that she is debuting in Tamil cinema.
So, how did the girl who was living in Wisconsin in the US, find her way to K-town? “I took part in a reality show called ‘Big Break’ in Kerala in 2010. The prize I won was a chance to work in a film with director Lal Jose. But Sasi spotted me in the 1st episode of the show and contacted my parents in the US to cast me as a heroine,” recalls Mrithika.
In fact, it was Sasi’s wife who thought Mrithika’s innocent look would be apt for a role in 555.
“However, when Sasi heard I was from the US, he was a bit apprehensive and got convinced later,” says Mrithika. Her family seems to have liked the way Sasi approached them first before speaking to Mrithika and the latter too was hooked to the story when she heard it.
Mrithika reveals that she was not nervous in front of the camera, thanks to her stint as a Bharatanatyam dancer and performances at Bollywood stage shows. However, the romantic scenes had her feeling awkward at first.
Mrithika says she touched the director’s feet on the first day of shoot for blessings. “He treats us with so much respect that we automatically respect him in return,” she says. Working with hero Bharath was fun for Mrithika, but meeting Santhanam in person put her in a daze.
“I was in shock to see him in real life on the sets, since I had watched him innumerable times on screen! He keeps joking with people in real life too. I didn’t know I would have scenes with him! Those were some of the most cherished moments,” she admits. Mrithika idolises Nadia and Shalini and wants to prove herself as an actor. “Usually the perception is that heroines have an expiry date. So, many of them start dressing in skimpier clothes on screen to remain in the limelight, as the competition increases. But I don’t want to join any rat race. I want to keep within my boundaries and prove my acting skills. I don’t mind being modern and trendy on screen, but I will not indulge in skin show to achieve success,” says Mrithika.