Aishwarya Rajesh who rose to fame with films like Kaaka Muttai (2015), Manithan and Dharma Durai, is excited about her Malayalam flick, Jomonte Suvisheshangal opposite Dulquer Salmaan,for which she has finished shooting her portions.
“I didn’t know how big director Sathyan Anthikad was until I heard many saying so. He made me quite comfortable on sets. I play Vaidehi, a half-Malayali based in Tamil Nadu, who works for an export company,” she says.
Having shot extensively in and around Pollachi, Kanchipuram, Thrissur and Tirupur, we learn the film loosely revolves around the textile business in South India. “Sathyan usually does only one film a year and I feel great to be a part of this one. He patiently explained every scene to me before we started shooting. That’s when I realised that my character is as important as the hero,” she smiles.
All praise for her co-star Dulquer she adds, “He’s fantastic to work with and helped me a lot with Malayalam. Though I am elated that I am getting offers outside K’town, Malayalam is one of the toughest languages to learn and understand. I managed to learn Hindi quickly. At the same time, I am open to interesting scripts. I accept offers when I feel films have a certain responsibility and purpose,” she shares.
What’s next? “This was the big opportunity and I wanted to make the best use of it. Post Jomonte... I will be shooting for Nivin Pauly’s film (where he plays a student leader), directed by Siddhartha Siva. I give preference to the story and characters. I don’t look into the language — whether it’s Malayalam, Hindi or Tamil. But already I have three Malayalam films in my kitty, besides a couple of projects in Tamil. Also, there’s this Bollywood debut film of mine — Daddy, which is Arjun Rampal’s latest production,” she grins.