She had a dream debut in Tamil with Kandein two years ago but heroine Rashmi Gautham was nowhere to be seen on the Tamil screen after that. Now, the pretty lass is back with a meaty role in Mapillai Vinayagar and is keen to make up for the lost time.
Speaking to CE, Rashmi spills the beans on what kept her busy and her future plans.
Mapillai Vinayagar marks Lollu Sabha Jeeva’s debut as a full fledged hero, after many a comic role in the past. Rashmi plays a simple but independent girl in this story, set in Karaikudi. The film, directed by Sriram Padmanabhan, is the sequel to Mundhanai Mudichu and Rashmi is excited. Says she, “My debut film Kandein had Shanthanu as hero. Now my second film, has Bhagyaraj sir in it. What a happy co-incidence and upgradation for me!” Apparently, the entire cast of 30 odd actors in the original are in the sequel, including Urvashi. “The story is about the little boy who was born at the end of the original movie. Fifty percent of the film has been shot on the outskirts of Chennai and we’ll be moving to Karaikudi soon,” discloses Rashmi.
Talking about her co-stars, she says, “It’s wonderful to work with stalwarts like Bhagyaraj sir and Urvashi ma’am. They are so spontaneous that I have to be alert and give my best always. It’s a great learning process.” She can’t stop grinning when speaking about her hero, “Jeeva is a complete laugh riot, even off screen. It’s a strange co-incidence that the film title has Vinayagar and Jeeva himself is a diehard devotee of Ganapathi. In every second sentence he mentions Ganapathi! In fact, he even wears a silver Ganapathi bracelet all the time.”
So what’s the reason behind the long gap after her debut? Rashmi recalls, “It was a personal reason. My mom was unwell so I had to be with my family in Vizag. After that I was busy as an anchor on the show Zabardast on ETV. It’s been in a leading position and has the rare distinction of having three lakh hits on You Tube.”
But now, the silver screen has lured her again and Rashmi grins happily, “When this offer came to me, I grabbed it. I’m happy to be back in Kollywood and am here to stay!”