'Kaala will be 1000 wala': Easwari Rao

“When many top actresses in the industry are waiting to work with Rajinikanth, I still find it hard to believe how Pa Ranjith chose someone like me, who was nowhere in the scene for over a decade, to be the superstar’s onscreen pair,” says actress Easwari Rao.

She got her first major break in Raman Abdullah (1997), directed by Balu Mahendra. In Kaala, she plays Rajini’s wife. The elated actress says, ‘Kaala is an important film in my life. My character is interesting.”

Excerpts from her interview

How was it to share the screen space with Rajini?

My first scene with Rajinikanth itself was interesting. I was really nervous and tensed. We both spoke in Telugu and he made things comfortable for me. He was down-to-earth and was humble to everyone on the sets. Audience should say how our on-screen chemistry is.

Was the song ‘Thanga Silai..’ in Kaala written for you?

It was a song where Rajinikanth describes his love for me. I should thank the lyricist (Arunraja Kamaraj) for the song. It was great fun shooting for the number. Rajinikanth was energetic and danced like a youngster.

Tell us about Kaala?

It is not a political film. But it champions the cause of downtrodden. Every dialogue in the movie will strike a chord with the masses. Though I have been in cinema for 25 years, it was a fresh feel when I started shooting for Kaala.

How did you prepare for the role?

We had a workshop before we began filming. My character in the movie is interesting. Most of my portions were shot at Dharavi and Ranjith asked me not to apply any make-up. However, I will be seen wearing a lot of gold ornaments in the film.

What did you learn from Rajinikanth?

Though he is celebrated by people, he is still humble on the sets. Rajinikanth treats himself like a newcomer and always tries to learn a lot. His simplicity deserves a special mention.


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