– Rinku Gupta
Kollywood heroine AISHWARYA RAJESH is sure going places. She has not only stepped into Bollywood (with Daddy opposite Arjun Rampal) but has two films in Mollywood as well. Just back from her shoot opposite Southern hearth-throb Dulquer Salmaan in Jomonte Suvisheshangal (JS), she tells us why she wants to work with him again.
Directed by celebrated director Sathyan Anthikkad, JS is set in the TN town of Tiruppur. “I play a Tamil girl who works in a factory there. I worked hard on my lines and Dulquer was a huge help, telling me about the nuances of the language,” reveals Aishwarya. Breaking into the Malyalam industry is no cakewalk and she’s thrilled at the opportunity. “This is my 2nd Malyalam movie, the first being with Nivin Pauly. I am really lucky to have such a wonderful launch with two leading actors in my first two films.”
The Kaaka Muttai girl is all praise for her director. “The minute I heard it was a Sathyan Anthikkad project, I blindly said yes to it! But I was very nervous on the first day of shoot . It was like the first day at school feeling since it was a new language for me and the director is so reputed. But he made me feel at ease completely, telling me the entire story.”
Her co-star Dulquer Salmaan was equally helpful in making her feel welcome. But it took a few days to break the ice. “For the first two days, we didn’t really communicate much. But soon we started chatting. His wife is from Chennai too so we had several things to share about the city. He helped me correct my sentences in Malayalam. He’s a very dedicated actor himself. He would keep practising expressions between shots. He plays an entrepreneur with an export business in the film.”
Another common topic they discovered, was food. Aishwarya laughs at the memory, “Dulquer and co- actor Gregory would often have a Kattan chai (Kerala’s special black tea) together. One day, I playfully asked him why he never offered it to me. Dulquer replied that it was because be wasn’t sure whether I would like the taste. But from then on he would order the chai for me every time they drank it and would playfully insist that I have it too! Thereafter, even if he ordered Biriyani on sets he would make it a point to ask me too. Even the dry fruits he was having as part of his diet, he insisted on offering me! We all got along really well since Dulquer is a very friendly person. Even though I am a non-Malayali they made me feel very welcome. The 25 days we shot together remain a good memory thanks to the good comfort zone Dulquer created. I definitely would love to work with him again! “