I always wanted to balance acting with my studies
Namitha Pramod, a class XI student from Thiruvananthapuram, has every reason to be happy. She plays the female lead in Sathyan Anthikkad's latest film, currently underway at Arthunkal beach near Cherthala.
The film centres on the affection of an old man (played by Nedumudi Venu) and Namitha Pramod's character Thamara, who treats him as her father.
In this exclusive interview, Namitha Pramod talks about coming to terms with the exciting change in her life and how dreams can sometimes come true. Excerpts:
What is your character in the film?
The story revolves around the lives of a few characters living on the sea shore. Thamara, the character I play, lost her parents early in life. She is a brave girl, who lives alone but has some help from her neighbours.
Things change suddenly when an old man comes into her life accidentally. They share a strong father-daughter relationship.
How tough is it playing the character?
I don't consider it tough. Sathyan uncle (the director) gave me instructions to watch others--their slang, dressing style and behaviour. He wanted me to learn swimming and also to get tanned.
Image: Namitha Pramod
'I always wanted to balance acting with my studies'
How serious are you about acting?
I always wanted to balance acting with my studies. These are early days of learning what acting is.
I have been told to learn my lines well and deliver them in my own style after understanding the meaning.
I think I am more serious about acting now and I am trying hard to make my character look good.
How did you feel being cast as the female lead in a Sathyan Anthikkad film?
When I was asked about what I wanted as an actor during an interview, I had said that I dream of being a part of a Sathyan Anthikkad film.
Now I am coming to terms with the reality. It is a dream come true and I consider myself extremely lucky.
You made your debut in Traffic. How do you remember that experience?
Rajesh uncle (director Rajesh Pillai of Traffic) was very friendly and made me feel really comfortable during the making of the film.
Though I didn't have too many scenes, my character named Riya gave a twist to the story.
It was a wonderful experience.
Image: Namitha Pramod