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Back into form with a bang


If you thought a woman's acting career ended after she tied the knot, there are actors like Sharanya to prove you wrong. She has made a successful comeback with her critically acclaimed performance in "Emden Magan".

Sharanya, who made her debut in "Nayagan" in 1987, later acted in many other successful films such as "Manasukkul Mathaapu", "En Jeevan Paaduthu", "Sakala Kala Sammandhi", "Naan Pidicha Maapillai", "Karuthamma" and "Pasumpon". In 1995, she married director Ponvannan and settled down to domestic bliss. Says the actor, "I love to cook and take care of my family's needs. So was wondering whether I should take up film assignments." So, when she was offered "Veetuku Veedu Looty", a TV serial produced by Geetha Kailasam of Min Bimbangal, she thought she would do just that one serial and turned down the many film offers that came her way after that. But her husband didn't want her talent to go waste and encouraged her to accept some good offers. "I signed one or two films because character roles don't require many days of shooting." This was how "Ram" directed by Ameer with Jeeva in the lead happened. Soon followed another big hit "Thavamai Thavamirinthu", directed by Cheran, in which she played the mother of two sons. The third hit for Sharanya is "Emden Magan". She plays a mother again, who is caught between a father and a son, who are at loggerheads.

Isn't it tedious playing the mother many times over?

"Once the heroines get married, even the most glamorous of them stop getting lead roles. That's the way our industry works. Anyway, I don't take up mundane roles." Asked if themes for women her age (she is 37) are few and far between, she says, "Here people tend to do things blindly. If one college-based theme succeeds, others follow. Directors should move away from the beaten track, look at the story, give roles to people capable of doing them and not just run behind stars. When Jeeva and I did `Ram' we were nobody. But the movie did very well."

"I am enjoying the kind of success I didn't have while playing the heroine in `Nayagan' and other movies. I never thought I would succeed in comedy. Some people would tell I look like a heroine from an era gone by weepy with well-oiled hair. It was Geetha Kailasam who wanted people to see a different facet of mine and gave me `Veetuku Veedu Looty'. Now after `Emden Magan' I think I can essay any role." Grateful for her husband's support, she says that religion has never been a point of conflict in her marriage. Presently, she has got S. J. Suryah's "Thirumagan", Suresh Balajee's Ajit starrer besides a couple of Telugu movies.

SUDHA UMASHANKER

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