After waiting in the wings for some time now, actor Piaa Bajpai, is finally back on the Tamil screen. The actor, who also has one Malayalam and four Telugu films to her credit, is the lead in director Lakshmy Ramakrishnan’s next project. “After Sattam Oru Irattarai, I got several offers but none captivated me. So I decided to wait for a really good role,” says Piaa.
The actor was inspired by her Aegan co-star, Ajith’s words. “Once when I visited him on the sets of Mankatha in Mumbai, we had a long chat about films. I recall an advice he gave me. He said, ‘Working to pay bills is understandable, but working just to survive may lead to accepting any role that comes along. If you want to prove yourself with different roles, then you have to take the risk of waiting patiently for them to come by.’ These words have been my guiding light ever since. That’s why I decided to wait for the right opportunities.”
Piaa is now firm that she wants to make her next film count in the industry that launched her. She adds that she was delighted when Lakshmy ‘s offer of a strong role came along. “I got this film because of a tweet,” she lays with a laugh.
So what prompted her to accept? “I know Lakshmy as a co-artiste since my debut film Poi Solla Porom. She said that she wanted to direct but I never thought she would actually do it so soon. When the Nirbhaya incident happened, she had tweeted about wanting to make strong subjects in Kollywood but being unable to get dates from actors. On reading that, I tweeted back that I would offer bulk dates if a good role came by. That struck a chord between us.”
But Piaa never expected the call she got one day, “Lakshmy and I had been in touch after that. She told me she was fine tuning her script. But she was frank enough to say she would cast me only if the role fit me. But one fine day, at 7 am, she called me and said I was the lead of her film.”
Piaa is thrilled with the role she’s bagged. She says, “It’s a very powerful and modern character. The film is a commercial one aimed at youth and family audiences, centred on a petrol price hike crisis. My comfort factor with Lakshmy is very high and I loved her well-researched Aarohanam. I want to put my soul into this role, which will either make me or break me. With so many favourable factors, I want to give my 100 per cent to prove myself.”
Piaa has every reason to smile this year, as she also begins shooting for her second Malayalam film in March, under the Marrickar Films banner.