After making an impressive debut with Gautham Menon’s Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada, Manjima Mohan was the next best thing in South Indian cinema and many expected that she will have a lot more films lined up. But things weren’t the same as expected. Manjima has seen ups and downs in her career at an early stage and now knows what exactly needs to be done in terms of choosing scripts and maintaining physical appearance.
Manjima says that she did get many offers post AYM but many didn’t work out for various reasons which were out of control. “After AYM released, I got so many offers, and most of them were big projects. I was very happy. I was in talks for three big projects. I almost confirmed these films, but I lost all three projects back to back! I lost one of these projects because the team chose to not do it at that point as the actor wanted to do something else,” Manjima told Chennai Times in an interview.
Manjima will now be seen in Devarattam opposite Gautham Karthik which will be directed by Muthaiya. Speaking about how the film happened, “It happened all of a sudden. I’ve not signed any Tamil movie for the past one year, so I was not expecting any offer. One day, Gnanavel Raja sir messaged me saying Muthaiya sir wanted to talk to me. Muthaiya sir called and said, ‘We want to cast you, but we don’t know how you look now. We saw some pictures of yours and you looked a little fat in those.’ I sent him stills from my latest shoot and they liked what they saw. Muthaiya sir wanted to narrate the story, but I had decided I’d sign the movie no matter what. That’s because he’d approached me for his previous film (Kodiveeran), too, but I couldn’t take it up as I was doing Sathriyan then.”
Speaking about filmmakers preferring actresses based on their physical appearance, Manjima says, “I’m still confused how this industry is, honestly. Some people are OK with it, some aren’t. It all depends on the character. It has got to do with the directors also. I’m blessed to have worked with directors who were OK with how I look. But some directors are very particular that their heroine should look fit. People have been telling me that losing weight will do wonders to my career and that’s what I’ve been doing. The ideal thing to do is to balance being myself and at the same time, work on myself and lose a little more weight.“