Playing sex worker is not easy: Sai Dhansikaa

By M Bharat Kumar Published on Apr 11, 2018 01:06 PM IST

She is tall and dusky. She combines beauty and brains. That’s young actress Sai Dhansikaa.

She has slowly but steadily carved a niche for herself in Tamil cinema.

Though she made her debut in Peranmai, after her gritty performance in Kabali, she has won the hearts of film-lovers. Today, she has a slew of films lined up for release.

Her recent short film, Sinam, received critical acclaim and accolades at the California Best Shorts Competition. The short film has won her the Best Actress award. The movie was screened at Kolkata Film Festival and won Sai Dhanshikaa more applause.

Says the Kabali actress, “I am always open to commercial roles. I started off in the industry as a teenager. I gradually started shaping my career the way I wanted to. Good directors also came to me.”

Excerpts from her interview:

What is so special about Sinam?

In Sinam, I played the role of a sex worker. Directed by Ananda Murthy, the film is about Shakthi (the sex worker), who recounts the horrific incident of how her father pushed her into prostitution. It was a challenging role and I enjoyed being part of. The highlight of the movie is that it had the longest monologue in the history of cinema.

After Kabali, expectations are high on you. How do you live up to it?

I am happy that good scripts come to me. Post-Kabali, I got the opportunity to be part of Solo alongside Dulqur Salman. I played the role of a visually-challenged person. It was tough. Yet I managed to give my best. It won me appreciation from all. I am seen as an actress who can do any role. It is a blessing for any actress. I ensure that I live up to the expectations of the audience.

How do you choose your roles?

I am open to commercial roles too. But I am happy when filmmakers write women-centric roles keeping me in mind. As an actress, I am open to any type of characters.

Who is your favourite director?

I am great fan of Mani Ratnam and Gautham Vasudev Menon. I wish to be part of their movies soon.

What did you learn from Tamil cinema?

I made my debut when I was 17. I have completed seven years. Today, I am doing some exciting projects in Malayalam and Kannada, too. I learn a lot working in every film. It sharpens my skills, and attitude towards my work has changed a lot. I am happy to have acted with Rajinikanth so early in my career.