Dubai-bred Tresa shows con­fi­dence

Cather­ine Tresa is tak­ing sure-footed strides in Tamil and Tel­ugu films, choos­ing roles that ex­cite her, writes Deepa Gauri

Khaleej Times - City Times - - SOUTHSTARS -

Few can claim the cross­over suc­cess that Cather­ine Tresa has achieved in South In­dian cinema. She de­buted in Kan­nada, acted in Malay­alam, and soon moved to Tel­ugu and Tamil, where she is fast con­sol­i­dat­ing her star­dom – with pow­er­ful au­thor-backed roles that demon­strate her act­ing prow­ess.

Her arc of suc­cess comes with­out the back­ing of in­dus­try con­nec­tions and she at­tributes it to ‘all the roles that chose her,’ in­clud­ing her char­ac­ter in Madras, the Tamil film which won her a fair share of awards and nom­i­na­tions.

In just six years in cinema, she has cho­sen her roles well, in­deed, the most re­cent be­ing in Kadamban, now play­ing at theatres in the UAE. “It was a very am­bi­tious pro­ject and it was not an easy role,” says Cather­ine. “I be­lieve that emo­tions take films for­ward and Kadamban had that emo­tional con­nec­tion.”

Al­though she plays a tribal girl, her char­ac­ter goes through a re­mark­able trans­for­ma­tion. “It has dif­fer­ent shades all in one role – be­ing cute to play­ful, speak­ing one’s mind and even do­ing the fights.”

For the fights, the mixed­mar­tial arts and kick­box­ing that she prac­tices as part of her fit­ness reg­i­men came in handy.

Cather­ine has dis­cov­ered a pas­sion in danc­ing, which she says give her a great sense of bal­ance, flex­i­bil­ity and – for the mind - a lot of cheer. “In my ini­tial days, I was told straight to my face that I was a pa­thetic dancer. I took it upon my­self to be a good dancer. It sort of com­ple­mented my love for mu­sic. And I find that dance sort of uni­fies my mind and body.”

She says that she would not

de­scribe her jour­ney through films as a tough one. “It re­ally de­pends on the per­son. I have been brought up with the idea that noth­ing is handed to

you on a plat­ter. I have never har­boured any ex­pec­ta­tion that be­ing in films is go­ing to be easy, so I have set out to do it my­self.”

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