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Actor in the making

S. Mahalakshmi plays Ammu in `Melvilasam'



ALL SMILES S. Mahalakshmi is a star in her own

During the 100th performance of `Soorya' Krishnamoorthy's first play `Melvilasam,' a 11-year old girl was the cynosure of all eyes. That was Ammu. S. Mahalakshmi, who appeared as Ammu, impressed the audience as the adopted daughter of Ramachandran, a soldier in the army.

Memorable debut

What was the experience like? Mahalakshmi says that she was a bit scared at first. But with encouragement from Krishnamoorthy, her parents, Sreelatha and Sarveswaren, and her elder brother, Mahadevan, she was able to overcome her fear.

"That was when Melvilasam was staged for the first time at Gorky Bhavan in 2005,'' she adds.

It was two years ago that Krishnamoorthy had picked her for a role in his light-and-sound show `Thudarcha.'

"I was in Class Four then and my class teacher Sruti Varghese recommended my name to Soorya Krishnamoorthy uncle. I did a mono-act for him and he was pleased,'' she recounts. And when Krishnamoorthy started work on his debut play, `Melvilasam,' he had no hesitation in choosing her for an important role in it.

"When she came to me, she was just a little girl. But when she performed, I knew she was cut out for something big in life. She will turn out to be a good actor," opines Krishnamoorthy.



Scene from ' Melvilasam'

`Melvilasam' was staged in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Bahrain, Muscat, Kuwait and Dubai. The praise from viewers encourages her to do better in each performance.

In January, `Melvilasam' will be staged in all the districts of Kerala and Mahalakshmi will be travelling with it. After that, the play will take her to Saudi Arabia, UAE and Europe. She has alco acted in two films `Thilakam' and `Pattanathil Sundaran.'

On the silver screen too

"Kochu Preman uncle is our neighbour. He suggested my name to Jayaraj uncle, the director, and I got selected for the role in `Thilakam,"' she says.

She has also acted in a couple of tele-serials. Mono-act and dance are two items that Ammu excels in. She has won several prizes including at the school district youth festivals.

Who does she mimic? Pat comes the reply "Kavya Madhavan.''

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