Kovai Sarala celebrates three decades in cinema

By M Bharat Kumar Published on Oct 14, 2017 04:55 PM IST

Women in Tamil cinema deserves to be treated better," says veteran actress Kovai Sarala. Speaking to News Today, the ace comedienne for over three decades in Kollywood, says,"It is predominantly a hero-oriented industry. I think more women-centric movies are the need of the hour."

"Comediennes are rare to find here. Perhaps Manorama was an exception," she says.

Asked about people calling her ‘Chinna Manorama’, a modest Kovai Sarala says, "It is a big crown on my small head."

After a big gap, Kovai Sarala was back to leave her mark in films like Kanchana 2 and Komban a couple of years ago. Her humour coupled with an emotional performance won her applause. she awaits the release of Vijay starrer Mersal in which she plays a crucial role. And she is part of several films including Kanchana sequel and Itly among others.

Asked about Kanchana 2 and Komban, she says, "Director Muthaiah ( Komban) was particular about my look during shooting, and my accent while dubbing. He had a certain look in mind, which went down well with the audience. In Kanchana-2, Raghava Lawrence gave me great scope to perform. After Kanchana, I was surprised to see that children enjoyed my antics on screen."

The actress has done over 750 films in Tamil and Telugu cinema. She says, "I am happy that things have fallen on right place. I owe my gratitude to all the film-makers who cast me in their faith keeping faith in my acting talents."

The actress, who shared the screen with the likes of Kamal Haasan and Sathyaraj too, says, "Sathileeelavathy is always special for me. To be part of a Balu Mahendra and Kamal Haasan movie was a pleasure. Though Balu Mahendra was apprehensive of my ability to come good in that character, Kamal Haasan kept faith in my credentials. After the movie, Balu Mahendra appreciated me for my performance."

On her forthcoming film Itly in which she even performed stunt sequences, she says, "I shared the screen with Saranya and late Kalpana. It was great fun working with them."

"It is a film that would entertain people of all age-groups. All credit to my director Vidhyadharan, who ensured everything came out well," she adds.