With Kathai Thiraikathai Vasanam Iyakkam (KTVI), yet another newbie enters K-town. The former Miss Chennai, Sahitya is already a known face in the modelling circles. However, with KTVI, audiences will get to see her other side. Playing an assistant director in the film, she had to go in for a no make up look.
“For a model who never steps out of the house without make up, giving it up in my first film was a huge step for me,” says Sahitya with a grin. “But I believed fully in the vision of my director, Parthiepan sir, and the results were amazing,” she adds.
Being a model, film offers were aplenty, but her family did not agree. That was until she met Parthiepan.
“My mom is a huge fan of his and can recite his film dialogues verbatim! So when I got this offer, there was absolutely no hesitation on her side to give her consent,” she recalls. It’s no wonder that she was tongue-tied and awestruck when she first met him, “I was super intimidated by him given his standing in the industry. But soon I got comfortable. He can understand the youth of today and talks to you in a language a youngster can relate to. That made things easier for me,” she says.
Another factor that made the newbie comfortable was the constant laughter on the sets, thanks to her director’s witty one-liners. “Usually, I was the butt of all the jokes floating around,” she says with a laugh. But it was also a great learning experience. “Parthiepan sir would painstakingly explain shots to us. Even though I’ve faced the camera as a model, he would explain the differences involved in a feature film,” she adds.
A stickler for perfection, he also made her learn to play the guitar for her role. “There’s no shamming with him. He believes that even the minutest errors in body language show up on camera and spoil the impact of a scene. So I had to take guitar classes for an authentic portrayal on screen.”
Though Sahitya speaks fluent Tamil, she says that her language skills have improved after KTVI, thanks to her association with an orator like Parthiepan. KTVI is touted to be a film without a story and a tribute to 100 years of cinema, with Santosh as hero.