Move over guys, the women’s brigade is here in K Town. Makeovers are not just limited to heros with their six packs, facial fuzz or wardrobe changes. The women are going all out to get the character just right as well. Anupama Kumar, who is playing mommy to Gautham Karthik in the Ala Modalaindi remake, has gone in for a makeover in keeping with the role. Speaking to CE, she divulges, “Rohini played the mom in the Telugu original and I’m reprising that role in Tamil. A short, bob cut was required for the modern mom look, so I thought why not cut my hair in reality to add the authentic touch.”
Anupama had thick, long, waist length tresses before she chopped off her locks for the role. “Since I do a few films, the haircut will not affect my other movies,” she smiles.
Anupama plays a single mother and the off screen vibes with her screen son Gautham Karthik are special to her.
“He is very pure hearted and innocent person. On screen we play a friendly mother and son duo, and since we get along very well on the sets too, it has been fun. In fact, he resembles my own son and even the body language is similar. So, director Ravi Thiagarajan is actually using my son’s childhood photos to portray Gautham as a young boy on screen,” discloses Anupama.
The shoot is currently on at a bungalow on the ECR.
It maybe recalled that for Muppozhudhum Un Karpanaigal (MUK) too, she went in for a bald look, though it was a wig at the time. “But it took five hours each time to fix the bald wig. Often I thought it would have been better to have shaved my head!” she laughs.
But the effort seems to have paid off, since she won her very first award ever, the Vijay TV Award for Best Supporting actor recently, for MUK. She says, “I was competing with biggies like Saranya, Nandita Das and talented actors like Vidyu Raman and Radhika Apte. So it was a special win for me.”