– Rinku Gupta
Aishwarya Rajesh, the heroine of the National Award-winning Kaaka Muttai ( Tamil) )has just completed a ten day schedule of her Malayalam debut with an untitled film opposite Nivin Pauly. The film is directed by the National Award-winning director Siddhartha Siva. Aishwarya reveals that she plays a girl from a hill station near Thekkady in the movie. Apparently, the Premem sensation Nivin Pauly is playing a communist leader and will have two distinct looks in the film, along with Aishwarya who will also be seen in two get ups.
Breaking into Mollywood
Aishwarya is thrilled to step into Mollywood with such a celebrated director-hero team, “Siddhartha saw me in Kaaka Muttai and decided that I was perfect for this role. He told me he saw some spark in me in one particular scene when I smile at the kids and at that moment, he decided to cast me. I’m really thrilled at the intensity of this script and my role. It’s wonderful to step into Mollywood this way.”
Speaking about working with the charming Nivin Pauly who is the current heartthrob of Malayalam cinema, she says, “Nivin is a completely chilled out and playful person. Along with director Siddhartha, he would laugh at my recitation of lines in Malayalam. On sets, he would laugh a lot and keep the spirits high. But once he gets into the character, he would transform fully into it. The first time we met was a bit awkward as no one formally introduced us. We got around to saying hi somehow and broke the ice.”
Nivin Pauly: Down-to-earth star
On sets everyday outside a hospital in Thrissur, Aishwarya observed the immense star power of her co-star, “They gave each of us a caravan. But the minute Nivin would step outside his caravan, the crowds would go berserk. This happened everyday. His fans would just go crazy with adulation. But though he had his own caravan, I noticed that he hardly ever used it during the day. Nivin is someone who just hates sitting in the caravan. He prefers being with everyone and having fun on the sets.”
Speaking about her role, Aishwarya says, “You will see both Nivin and me in two get-ups. I can’t reveal the story but all I can say is that one look is set in perhaps the 80s while the other is contemporary.” Much like the Premam costume of black veshti and shirt, we learn that his costume in this film which is a red shirt and dhoti, could also probably become a trendsetter once the film has released.