'Mohini' will speak against child abuse, says actress Trisha

By M Bharat Kumar Published on Jul 23, 2018 11:27 AM IST

"Mohini is not just an entertaining horror thriller - it also speaks against child abuse and about safety of women," says actress Trisha.

Starring Trisha in dual roles, 'Mohini' hits the screens 27 July. Directed by Madhesh, a major portion of the movie was shot in London.

Speaking exclusively to 'News Today', Trisha says,  "Happy to be part of a women-centric movie that brought the best out of me in two different dimensions."

A social activist and UNICEF ambassador, Trisha expressed her anguish at increasing crimes against women and children. She urged everyone to stand united and make the country a better place to live in.

Excerpts from her interview:

Q: How did 'Mohini' happen?

A: When I was shooting for a movie, Madhesh texted me the crux of the film in a few lines. I was thrilled reading it. I immediately agreed to do it. Interestingly, I play a dual role - Mohini and Vaishnavi.

Q: Are you comfortable doing horror genre?

A: I always love horror movies. I believe in ghosts. Never miss out first day first show of eerie thrillers. Obviously, when I was approached to do 'Mohini', I immediately accepted it. I thoroughly enjoyed shooting for the movie.

Q: You did stunt sequences for 'Mohini'?

A: The story demanded I perform daredevil stunt scenes. I did several scenes without body double. It was challenging. There are three stunt sequences including one in mid-air. Vaishnavi is a soft mannered girl, while Mohini is bold and bubbles with energy.

Q: On growing violence against women and children?

A: I was shocked after an international report said India is not a safe place for women. And much recently the brutal rape of a 11-year-old girl by a gang in Chennai pained me a lot. 'Mohini' will speak against child abuse.

Q: What measures you think are needed to prevent child abuse?

A: Education. It will help overcome gender bias and stop violence against women. Fear of strict punishment is the need of the hour.

Q: Are you choosy about your films? Why is there a big gap between your films recently?

A: It just happened. Interestingly, I am doing films at regular intervals. Unfortunately, they were all delayed. After 'Mohini',  I have '96' opposite Vijay Sethupathi hitting the screens in August, followed by 'Sathuranga Vettai 2'. I get a lot of offers from Tollywood, but I did not take them up as they are all cliched. If I come across a script that impresses me, I am ready to do it even if it is a brief role.

Q: You acted as politician in 'Kodi'. Are you interested in entering politics?

A: Politics is not my cup of tea. However, I admire Jayalalithaa a lot. She was a great leader. All of us know what is happening in Tamilnadu after her demise.

Q: What is your dream role?

A: I have done films in almost all genres except period movies. I want to be part of a period flick. Doing such films is not an easy task. One has to give her best.