Striking a balance
Poornima Indrajith’s charisma and talent have helped her excel in films and television programmes.
As I was an anchor, I was not afraid of the camera. I was not a newcomer to the viewers or to the medium.
Bubbly hostess: Poornima Indrajith is now a member of the jury on Amrita TV’s ‘Vanitha Ratnam.’
It is her bubbly personality that woos the audience. Starting her career in the industry as a model, Poornima Indrajith then went on to host a music countdown show ‘Pepsi Top Ten’ on Asianet. The show opened the door to soaps and movies f
or her. Coming full circle, she is now one of the members of the jury for Amrita TV’s ‘Vanitha Ratnam.’
“I was an avid watcher of the channel’s ‘Super Star,’ so I was excited when I received the offer. Besides, the programme’s concept is rather unique, it is not a hunt for a super singer or super dancer but a show searching for a ‘Super Mom.’ Often in the film industry, once married, many women actors prefer to turn homemaker as they feel it is not possible to balance the two. I too have often thought so. But meeting these women participants of the show has changed my mind. Not only are they balancing their home front, they are also balancing work, their extra curricular activities and yet, they also find the time to participate in the show,” says Poornima, who is the mother of a two-and-a half-year old.
Mileage for Poornima
Another thing she enjoys about the show is the mileage she received as ‘Poornima, the individual,’ “just like in ‘Suvarna Mazha.’ “‘Suvarna Mazha’ was special because it not only had me looking and feeling like a princess, but it gave me a chance to be me. I connected with the audience like I am doing now on ‘Vanitha Rathnam.’ Besides the fact that the audience like me on the show sans script, shows they like me for being ‘me.’ That I feel is important to every individual.”
A trained classical dancer, Poornima was just 13, when she did her first stint at modelling. Not a “popular” vocation for “girls from good families,” she says it was the support from her parents that kept her going. The face behind many brands, she was offered ‘Pepsi Top Ten’ while in college.
“It was a first of its kind show. I’m an Orkuter and I have fans sending me messages saying how they liked me on ‘Top Ten’ and how they make it a point to watch all my works and programmes till date. That makes you feel good. The programme also got me noticed by Thilakan sir.”
Thilakan who was impressed with Poornima’s anchoring skills, recommended her for a role in K.K. Rajeev’s ‘Peythozhiyathe,’ in which she played the role of daughter to Thilakan and Jaya Bharathi.
“As I was an anchor, I was not afraid of the camera. I was not a newcomer to the viewers or to the medium. Besides the fact that Thilakan sir recommended me for the role boosted my confidence. He was the one who taught me that ‘acting is reacting.’”
According to Poornima, ‘Peythozhiyathe’ is a serial she will always hold close to her heart — a milestone in both her personal and professional life. “I met my husband, Indrajith, on the sets as he would often drop by to see his mom, Mallika Sukumaran. Besides that, the serial made me a household name as an actor.”
And the actor when on to do many serials such as ‘Olangal,’ ‘Vava,’ and ‘Nizhalukal.’ “But I feel that it is K.K. Rajeev’s ‘Venal Mazha’ that showed me at my best. The dialogues and scenes are still fresh in my mind. I jelled well with the late Sri Vidya amma, so I would say my character Susy in the serial is my best,” says the actor who has just completed the serial ‘Prayanam,’ where she plays a girl who loses her fiancé in an accident and lives for his parents on Surya TV.
She has also acted in movies like ‘Megh Malhar,’ which won her a best supporting actress award, ‘Varnakazchakal,’ ‘Valyettan’ and ‘Randambhavam.’ However the transition to the silver screen was a bit of a challenge.
“The job is the same, you go through the same emotions and work hours, the media and public has glamorised it however. When I was Poornima the anchor, people approached me and talked to me as I were a family member, when I became Poornima the actor, I was a star, someone ‘unapproachable.’ But I was not very comfortable on the big screen then. I was new and unfamiliar with the techniques and technology; the camera was bigger! I would be comfortable now though. Probably because Indrajith is in the field and I have learnt the ins and outs of the industry through him.”
She adds, “I have done exactly seven movies. I stopped movies as it took so much of my time from home. I try to take up one project at time. That way like the women in Vanitha Ratnam, I can hopefully strike a balance at work and at home.”
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