Don’t stereotype heroines: Andrea

“It is sad that actresses are stereotyped in Tamil cinema. If you do comedy or horror films, offers come to work with movies on same genres,” says actress-singer Andrea.

Speaking to News Today, Andrea, says, “After Taramani got released, I was appreciated for my performance in it, but very few offers came my way. And the roles were similar to one that I did in Taramani.”

A native of Arakonam, she began her theatre career with Girish Karnad’s Nagamandala. She has performed all over India. She made her debut on big screen with Gautham Menon’s Pachaikili Muthucharam. She followed it up with few movies in Tamil and Malayalam.

Today she is foraying to Bollywood with Siddharth starrer The Next Door, a horror thriller, which is simultaneously being made in Tamil as Aval.

EXCERPTS OF HER INTERVIEW

Q: Tell us about your role in Aval?

A: Directed by Milind Rau, Aval is an eerie thriller, set in Himachal Pradesh. It is based on a real life story that happened there. Siddharth is a heart surgeon in the movie and I play his wife.

Q: Do you like horror films? How was it shoot for Aval?

A: I am alien to such stories. I dread to watch movies in that genre. But impressed by the story I gathered guts to work in it. In the shooting spot, I ran away screaming after watching a women dressed as a ghost. Even while we were dubbing for the movie, I hardly had the courage to see the screen to record my dialogues. Thankfully everything has come good. To be part of a bilingual is interesting.

Q: What are your forthcoming films?

A: After Aval, I am sharing the screen with Dhanush for Vada Chennai. It is directed by Vettrimaran. It is too early to talk
about the movie. Discussions are on for other projects too.
Q: Did the delayed release of Taramani affect you?
A: To spend four years of your time in a movie is a big risk for any actress. I had faith in Taramani’s story. Though I
was appreciated for my performance in the film, offers come to work with movies on same genres. It was a big learning experience for me.
Q: Do you think women-centric movies are not made in Kollywood?
A: They are made now and then. But such attempts should be made. I have no hesitation to act in such films, if I am approached
Q: How is your music career going?
A: I started as a singer. I have a great passion for music. Even today, I croon for many composers in Tamil cinema.
Much recently I collaborated with a Punjabi rapper for an independent music album.
         

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