‘Act­ing is dif­fi­cult in a lan­guage you don’t know’

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Ac­tor Ka­jol (above) is re­turn­ing to Tamil cinema af­ter a gap of 20 years with her up­com­ing film Ve­lai Illa Pat­tathari 2 aka VIP 2. The ac­tor who made her de­but in Tamil cinema with the film Min­saara Kanavu (1997), says she ini­tially con­sid­ered quit­ting VIP2 as she finds it chal­leng­ing to mem­o­rise di­a­logues in the South lan­guage.

“Act­ing is dif­fi­cult in a lan­guage that you don’t un­der­stand. It was a tough process for the first two days,” says Ka­jol. “I saw my scene on pa­per, and I was like, ‘Okay. You could take some­body else for the film now.’ But Soundarya [di­rec­tor] and Dhanush [co-star] were sweet and kind. They de­cided to work on me a lit­tle more. By the third day, I was will­ing to fin­ish the rest of the film,” she adds.

She says that it has been an amaz­ing jour­ney work­ing in a

Tamil film af­ter so long. “VIP 2 was a fan­tas­tic team. I had a great time and made some great friends. I thank Soundarya and Dhanush for tak­ing the time and trou­ble to help me and make me look good on screen,” she adds.

VIP 2 is a se­quel to the 2014 Tamil film Ve­lai Illa Pat­tathari (VIP).

The ac­tor noted that cinema, and the man­ner in which peo­ple work, has changed over the past two decades. Change, she says, is im­por­tant as it helps an ac­tor grow. “Today, we have a [film like] Baahubali, which crossed ev­ery­body’s imag­i­na­tion. We have en­thralled peo­ple from around the world. Change is es­sen­tial for growth, and we have de­vel­oped as an in­dus­try. We are not talk­ing about one par­tic­u­lar state in the coun­try now. That, I think, shows how much we have changed and the kind of ex­po­sure we have had,” she says.

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