The pretty lass got chatty about Thegidi and Malayalam cinema in an exclusive interview with Bollywoodlife
This pretty actress made her Kollywood debut as lead heroine with director Bala’s Avan Ivan in 2011. Since then Janani has done numerous Malayalam films and had a recent hit, Thegidi, in Tamil. Janani (she is no longer known as Janani Iyer) is not your typical heroine – she’s not part of the rat race and is happy to take her time in choosing projects. The young actress is looking forward to bagging more films in Tamil in 2015 but for now says she’s content. Here are some excerpts from her interview…
You are working on a Malayalam film now?
Yes, I am currently shooting for Driver on Duty. It’s a light-hearted film that about this wealthy girl and also stars Asif Ali who plays a cop who comes to her house as a driver.
Why do you think you are more popular in Malayalam?
(Laughs) I have no idea why! But right now I have Edison Photos and Driver on Duty. I should hopefully be signing another one soon.
Thegidi in Tamil was a hit. Have you got plenty of Tamil film offers post that?
I knew it was a good film but I didn’t have any expectations while we were making it. Even now when I go out, people recognize me and call me Madhu. It feels good to be recognized for your work. Once Thegidi became a hit, I did have expectations and thought I would be flooded with offers. (Laughs) But that didn’t happen. I do have one more film with the producers of Thegidi.
What do you look for in a script?
I want to do diverse type of roles. I don’t want to get stereotyped.
Are you an actress who believes in the number game?
No, I’m not! I love to act and I’m acting because I’m passionate about it. I am not under any pressure to act. Even if I am at home for a few months between films, I’m happy. My parents weren’t in favour of me getting into films. I am an engineer and my dad wanted me to join the IT industry. I convinced him I’ll only do Bala sir’s Avan Ivan. But I got more offers and here I am! I got a good launch in Tamil and in Malayalam. I'm happy! And if I get a good launch in Telugu cinema why not?!
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