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    Suave and sublime

    [Interview by Indiaglitz]
    Friday, July 14, 2006
    The top ranking actress of South Indian Cinema Suhasini Manirathnam is coming back to Kannada cinema in a mega venture ''''''''Mathad Mathadu Mallige'''''''' opposite Dr.Vishnuvardhana. The last film she acted in Kannada was ''''''''O Gulabiye'''''''' as college principal.

    She spoke on her career of 25 years in a chat at Mallige Hotel in Hospet.

    Excerpts of an interview:

    Congrats for 25 years silver jubilee stay in cinema?

    Thank you. I came up from a small village in Paramakudi and at the age of 15 I have been acting in films. I am 40 years today. I don't mind in disclosing my age. I am looking for good roles and every single film I act is a new experience for me.

    Tell us about your role in 'Mathad Mathadu Mallige'?

    I play a dominating wife to Dr.Vishnuvardhana. This is in fact the best role I was looking for in my career.

    Why do you say like that?

    I have been looking to do a role of village woman from where I have come up. In 'Mathad Mathadu Mallige' I have the ingredients to speak about my village that is very close to my heart. The satisfaction comes from doing this type of role not the usual run of the mill roles.

    This is the first film you are doing with national and international acclaim Nagathihalli..

    I was wondering why he has not called for his earlier films. Now the opportunity I have got to work him. This is in addition to the work with the finest actors I like Dr.Vishnuvardhanaji.

    With Vishnu whenever you acted it never failed…..

    From the days of 'Suprabhata' till today we two have shared very good moments in performing roles. Films such as Bandhana, Muttina Haara and Himapatha have been very good films with Dr.Vishnu in my career. For me Dr.Vishnuvardhanaji is equivalent to my uncle Dr.Kamal Hassan in acting. It is always fun working with Dr.Vishnu. He is always so lively and happy man. His wife Bharathi is very lucky.

    How is the chat show going in Tamil?

    I have been able to learn more talking to the people of rural Tamil Nadu. But as their voice I am working in a role in 'Mathad Mathadu Mallige'. The issue handled in this Kannada film is of national interest. A good research has been done. Dr.Devendra Sharma an environmentalist has added some inputs for the film.

    After you finish the chat with rural women how was your mental status?

    I was feeling ashamed to go to Five Star Hotel and eat the food on that day of the television chat. The village people are transforming in to software line and no one is ready to work in the fields. Suicide of farmer in Tamil Nadu is little compared to Karnataka but the scene is different as the children are affected by brain drain.

    You had some problem in accepting the role in 'MMM"?

    Two days before I was to go to Amsterdam for the shoot of this Kannada film my father Charuhasan met with an accident. I could not make it to the shooting. The entire idea was cancelled by producer K.Manju and director Nagathihalli Chandrasekhar when I informed about my position to Dr.Vishnu. When fresh date was fixed for second time I could not make it as there was blood clot in my father's head and I had to stay with him.

    Then what happened. How is the health of your dad?

    I told them to look out for someone else like Shobana or Bhanupriya or Sumalatha but they insisted that I should play this role. Second time also I was obliged and they said they want only me for the film MMM. In my career the producer, director and top star waiting for me did not happened. Now I have come and appeared for the shoot at the jasmine garden in Bellary district. I owe a lot to producer K.Manju, director Nagathihalli Chandrasekhar and Dr.Vishnu. They stood behind me in difficulties and this type of team I have not seen in my career so far. The health of my father is recovering. Every half an hour I am getting his improving health condition.

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