PEOPLE ARE STILL FIGHTING FOR LOVE – ISHA TALWAR
by RINKU GUPTA
She made her debut in Malayalam cinema with director Vineeth Srinivasan’s Thattathin Mariyathai, playing a Muslim girl from a conservative family in love with a Hindu boy. The film went on to be a hit and has now been remade in Tamil as Meendum Oru Kaadhal Kadhai ( MOKK). For heroine ISHA TALWAR, the film marks her re-entry into Kollywood, post Thillu Mullu, her Tamil debut some years ago.
The film’s audio is drawing attention since GV Prakash has composed the music. Getting to reprise her original role, Isha is excited, “Nivin Pauly was in the original and the film was very well received. I am very happy that director Mithran Jawahar chose me to reprise my role in Tamil. Walter is the hero in the Tamil version.” Was it easier the second time round? “Yes of course, since I understood the nuances of the character better. We have made a few changes for the local flavour in Tamil but the demure, shy character of a girl who doesn’t have the freedom to love, is still the same. The men in her family have different ideas about how she should lead her life. The film is about her struggle for love,” says Isha.
The Tamil version stars veteran actor Nasser. Isha is happy that her second Tamil film is a remake of her debut, “You see, when I signed up Thattathin Mariyathai, to play Aisha, that was the first film I ever did and people liked me in it. It encouraged me to take up acting more seriously and after that I have done several films in Telugu and Malyalam. For some reason, post Thillu Mullu the people here haven’t really taken to me. So when I got this opportunity I was naturally very happy to get a chance to make a name here.”
Not just another love story
Ask her what’s new about yet another love story and pat comes the answer, “This is not just another love story. The film has a lot of depth. We have been seeing inter-religious love stories on screen right from films like Mani Ratnam’s Bombay. But the problems faced by such couples haven’t died out even today. Falling in love for people of different faiths is still a struggle. Even today people are still fighting for love, all the more so if it involves different religions. So I guess it’s important to keep talking about such love stories and re-iterating on screen, how love can go beyond boundaries.”
Isha is already in love with GV Prakash’s tunes and is looking forward to the film’s release soon. With Malayalam cinema being the current flavour of the season, several remakes are happening in recent times, like Neram and Bangalore Days to name a few. Cinema houses in the city are opening up to the demand for screening of several latest Malayalam films, known for their meaty, offbeat stories and outstanding performances. In this regard, it will be interesting to see the outcome of this remake in Tamil.