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Vidya Pradeep opens up about shocking experiences in Kollywood before Thadam

Sunday, June 21, 2020 • Tamil Comments

Thadam actress Vidya Pradeep opens up about shocking experiences in Kollywood

Research scientist turned actress Vidya Pradeep has impressed in almost all her appearances in films such as 'Saivam', 'Pasanga 2', 'Iravukku Aayiram Kangal', and most importantly 'Thadam' that had her as cop caught between two ingenious criminals.

Vidya Pradeep has opened up on the shocking experiences she has had in Kollywood before breaking out with 'Thadam' in a long Instagram post. The post reads "Thadam -2019 Before Thadam, there was a phase in my life when I had to walk out or replaced in six projects which I had signed, one after the other for very unprofessional reasons. I was heartbroken. Then I thought might be movie is not my cup of tea and just started focusing on my studies. Then one fine day casting director Sruthi called me and asked whether I can meet Director Magizh sir at the movie office for a movie titled “Thadam”. From the above mentioned experiences I was hesitant in investing my time and energy behind the process. Again Sruthi called around midnight and insisted that I meet the director next day for audition. This time I reached the movie office without any expectations. Then I met Magizh sir. He mentioned that they were auditioning for the last few months because it is an intense character and this character is the core of the movie. Sir appreciated that my eyes are very powerful. The team didn’t confirm me but after speaking to Magizh sir for a brief time about the character I had a positive intuition. Then after the look test I was confirmed for the role. I still remember the first day shoot when I reached location I was totally blank. The uniform was very much new to me and I felt a little strange and doubtful whether I can perform the role of a cop convincingly. Shooting with director Magizh sir was the best experience I ever had. He is a kind of director which every actor would love to work. He was very kind and extremely professional. Sir used to encourage me after every good shot saying that “you are magic”. Sir knows how to bring the best out of an actor with affection and respect...."

Vidya Pradeep has further added "Thadam restored my faith in the system of movie making . This also gave me a hope that you can still survive in the industry with your talent alone. There exists good film makers who look only for talent in an artist. But self made actors like me who don’t have a Godfather or recommendations or anybody to refer, should be prepared to face extreme hardships. You could be avoided, ignored or not even considered as an artist certain times because you don't follow the "norms". But that’s okay you can still survive if you believe in yourself and willing to work hard. At the end of the day you can be super proud of your smallest achievements because you earned that all by yourself because nothing was given free or in return. Also there is nothing more precious than living a life true to your conscience.
Hero ArunVijay was extremely warm and full of energy. He makes his co artists so comfortable on sets. Very hardworking and kind. Thank you Redhan Cinemas Producer Inder sir for being so good to me. Grateful. Thank you Dop Gopinath Sir, Devan Sir, Sruthi (castings), Mohan Sir, Raja Sir, all ADs and the entire team. It was a pleasure working with sweethearts Tanya and Smruthi."

Vidya Pradeep who was last seen in the direct to OTT flop 'Ponmagal Vandhaal' starring Jyothika and Parthiban is currently starring in 'Othaikku Othai' opposite Atharva', 'Asurakulam' opposite Sabarish and AL Vijay's Jayalaliktha biopic 'Thalaivi' costarring Kangana Ranaut and Arvind Swamy as Jayalalitha and MGR.

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