We have never seen her in the shoes of some pretty-young-thing dancing around the trees. Be it a nude photoshoot or essaying a lesbian on screen, Shruthy Menon loves to take the road less trodden. After her much-appreciated role in Kismat, the actress will be now seen in the anthology film Crossroad. “Among the 11 directors involved in the project, most are multiple-award recipients. I am joining hands with Nayana, the debutant, and I am really thrilled to play the lead in her first feature,” says the actress.
In the film titled Pakshikalude Manam she will portray an ornithologist in search of an almost-extinct bird. “The entire project celebrates the strength of women. The film has male characters, but the protagonists and antagonists are all women. I consider it an honour to be part of such a project.” The actress says she is always branded as a feminist and rightfully so. “I believe in the power of woman, I consider them extremely strong mentally and even physically at times. And I feel happy and lucky to be part of a film that projects that aspect,” she adds.
In her filmography Shruthy is seen repeatedly opting for offbeat cinema and the actress says this doesn’t mean that she is not comfortable with mainstream. “But then it’s very easy to go wrong in mainstream. And the kind of off-beat, unconventional roles that come my way in a sense reflect the person I am. I am not a blind follower of trends. Even as a teenager I was least concerned about what’s in vogue and never ever tried to copy a Bollywood or Hollywood style statement.” She adds she can feel a special connect with art-house projects. “I am often drawn to offbeat films and offbeat thought process. It’s no conscious process, but it happens,” she winds up.