In Conversation with Chaya Singh

Jul 7, 2010 Mythily Ramachandran

Director Shankar's home production, 'Anathapurathu veedu,' starring Nanda and Chaya Singh and directed by popular television serial director Naga is ready for release. For Chaya Singh, this is her 29th film. The 'Thiruda thirudi,' actor was last seen in 'Vallamai thaarayo,' directed by Madhumita Vijay. In a chat with Mythily Ramachandran, Chaya Singh talks about the film.

What is the film about?

It is a mystery thriller that revolves around a house and its people.

And your role?

I play Revathi, a claustrophobic woman, who is scared of confined spaces. The story is how she adapts to the house she lives in. The character is a contrast to what I am in real life. Put me in a room and give me a book or a television, I am happy. It was a challenge playing this role. I had to step out of my shoes to get into the skin of the character.

How was it working with Naga?

Naga sir is a calm and cool person. He is very patient, especially while handling child actor Aryan Balajee. Prior to the shooting he gave me a print of information he had gathered on claustrophobia. I have done several films, but this was one film where each scene was shot in the same sequence as it unfolds in the film. This was because the character of Revathi develops with each scene.

Where was the film shot?

It was shot in an old haunted house in Kochi. Some scenes have been shot in Pollachi too.

How was it working with Nanda?

Nanda sir is a composed actor whose USP is his subtle style of acting. In the film, he plays my husband, who understands his wife and her fears. When Revathi gets hysterical, he calms her down. It was good working with Nanda sir.

How do you choose your roles?

My role should contribute to the film's story. I don't go for glamour roles that call for four to five song sequences.

What are you working on now?

I am working on a short film by M.G. Srinivas, on T.P. Kailasam, noted Kannada playwright. It is based on his four plays. I play four different characters. It is interesting as I get to explore different roles, ranging from a 50- year-old woman with a dominating character to a bubbly college student. Another woman I play has shades of grey.

And your plans to direct a film?

Yes that is something I have always wanted to do. It will be a short film, a comical story with a message. I am working on a few scripts.

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