Actress Sayyeshaa: Kollywood Is Where Her Heart Lies Cinema News
After making her debut in Tamil with Vanamagan, Sayesshaa has three releases lined up in the next couple of months. The actress, in this interview, talks about her roles in these films and how will she not shift her focus from Tamil cinema in future.
Post the audio launch of her second Tamil film Kadaikutty Singam with Karthi, Sayesshaa walked in for the interview on Monday. Born and raised in Mumbai, the actress dabbles easily in Tamil and English.
“Tamil la pesa muyarchi seiyyaren (I will try to talk in Tamil).” Looking at her perfect pronunciation, we ask if she has been taking up Tamil classes by appointing a personal tutor. “No, I have been learning Tamil by trying to understand and reply with whatever the people from my unit talk to me. Also, I read my lines by writing down the Tamil words in English as I am not game for prompts,” she begins.
The conversation veers around films and she says that Ghajinikanth would hit the screens first followed by Kadaikutty Singam and Junga. There were quite a few speculations surrounding her role in Kadaikutty Singam. Clearing the air, she says, “I play the lead heroine while the roles of other heroines in this film have been kept under wraps. I play a village girl in the film and the scenes were canned in Tenkasi. That was the first time I had ever visited a village and instantly was bowled over by its rustic charm.”
There is another thing that bowled over Sayyeshaa and we ask her what it was. “The Border Parotta in Courtallam. It is delicious. Apart from that I love pongal. I always had pongal for breakfast before reaching the sets or when I am shooting in the morning,” she smiles.
The actress heaped praise on her co-star Karthi and says, “He is a very balanced person. Also, he has an eye for good scripts and even good scenes. He will be a successful director someday. His inputs to the scenes came in handy.”
She also gives us a sneak peek into the sets of Ghajinikanth and says the sets were in complete contrast to that of Kadaikutty Singam. “Arya, director Santhosh and I had lots of fun on the sets. We kept running around, cracking jokes and pulling Santhosh’s legs. Also, people might think Arya is a funny person, and could laugh at his cost. However, he is very serious and focused with a good sense of humour. He is one of the best co-stars one could have on the sets. Moreover, Ghajinikanth is a rom-com that would cater to the family audience,” she says.
Sayeshaa says that she shot for three films simultaneously and was shuttling between locations. “While it is a de-glam avatar in Kadaikutty, I will be seen in modern look in Junga. I shot for these films simultaneously. We wrapped up Ghajinikanth in 30 days and was shooting for Junga across Europe. It was hectic but the efforts were worth it.” There have been actresses who shifted their focus from Tamil cinema to Telugu after a few hits. Ask her if she was looking at Telugu cinema in the long run after establishing herself in Tamil and she says, “I made my debut in Telugu and then in Hindi before having four Tamil films to my name. However, I like the way Tamil industry works and I am happy here. It is Kollywood that has given me good scripts and I don’t think I will be shifting my focus to Telugu now. Moreover, Tamil people are warm and receptive. It feels like home here.”
On a concluding note we ask if she has also signed for Suriya’s film. “Suriya is a wonderful producer. His banner 2D Entertainments that produced Kadaikutty Singam had things in place for everyday shoot. I hope I share screen space with him in his project with KV Anand and the production house has to confirm,” she concludes.
Favourite holiday destination: London.
Biggest addiction: Ice cream.
If a movie was made on your life, what genre would it be and who would act in it: It would be a dance film and I would be the one playing the lead.
Least favourite food:Mexican.
Favourite cartoon character you watched growing up:Winnie the Pooh.