The elegant Amala Paul is beyond any doubt one of the most talented and sought after young divas in Southern cinema. During her reasonably successful career, the young star has won the love of fans thanks to her good looks, gripping performances and vivacious personality. Moreover, she has impressed all and sundry courtesy her classy sense of humour and outspoken nature. Now, Amala is in the news again. As it so happens, during a recent chat with a leading daily, she spoke about how Indian filmmakers should now realise that the audience wants bolder films and are more than willing to accept such stories. She went on to add that—unlike their Hollywood counterparts—filmmakers in India are still reluctant to treat fans to realistic stories.
“I think the audience is ready, but filmmakers aren’t. It’s time, we started making bolder films with different subjects. People say they are fans of Hollywood movies, but when will they start making such films in India? Hollywood doesn’t shy away from telling real stories. There are so many real and compelling stories that we can portray on screen here. Except a few, we usually have movies with a mass hero, who is positive from top to bottom, and who is a crusader of justice. He loves a girl and the girl has the same expression in almost all the movies that give her this character. What is new in this? The audience has always been open to newer things. So, it is up to filmmakers to give something new,” she said.
Interestingly, of late, several popular stars such as Nayanthara have been carving a niche for themselves through female centric films. However, according to Amala, such films are just few and far in between. She added that such films can explore a lot more and filmmakers can experiment with the kind of genre as well.
“Even when filmmakers make women-centric films — there is so much more that can be explored. Women-centric stories need not feature a serious woman, a victim, a fat woman or someone who is glamorous. I am sure there are several genres and stories that can be explored even for a heroine in a big film or in a woman-centric film,” she stated.
On a related note, Amala was last seen in ‘Thiruttu Payale 2’ and received rave reviews for her performance. The film was directed by Susi Ganesan and created a buzz amongst fans courtesy is bold posters which featured the lady in a seductive avatar.
Talking about the film, she had said that the posters were ‘poetic’ rather than seductive.
“When director Susi Ganeshan sent me the first look on WhatsApp, I actually liked it and felt it was poetic rather than sensuous. But the startling buzz it created was quite strange, and I started to receive a lot of responses. There is a specific reason for the way the poster looks, which you will discover after watching the film. Thiruttu Payale 2 has a great story, an unconventional cast and a great director,” she had told a website.
At present, she is gearing up for the release of ‘Bhaskar Oru Rascal’. The film is a comedy-drama and will see her share screen space with Arvind Swami. Sometime ago, she had told a leading website that working with the ‘Roja’ star was a terrific experience for her.
“Arvind Swami is an actor who has an amazing life outside of cinema. We always had so much to talk about when we met on the sets. We have shared interests in travel and adventure. He’s a wonderful soul and a great human to look up to,” she had added.
So, do you agree with her? Do we need bolder films in India? Comments, please!