Actor Varalazmi Sarathkumar is a busy bee this year with some top projects up her sleeve. Besides the biggie Thalapathy 62, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar will also be seen playing a strong role in Vishal starrer Sandakozhi 2 and Velvet Nagram. The first look poster of Velvet Nagram was recently released and has impressed audiences. However, Varalaxmi says that the film took a lot of time to fall in place for numerous reason. “I had met Manoj long ago for a project. But that one took much longer than expected, and I moved on to sign other films. A few months ago, he approached me again with a different script. I heard the story, read the script, and I was hooked,” Varalaxmi told Times of India in an interview.
Speaking about the roles she plays in her upcoming film which have a tinge of grey shade to it, Varalaxmi says that there’s nothing wrong in doing such roles. “I don’t believe in typecasting myself. I’m playing the so-called heroine in Kanni Raasi and Velvet Nagaram. I’ve played the antagonist in Sathya, and now, in Sandakozhi 2. I’m also another lead in Mr Chandramouli. I don’t think there are terms like lead or ‘not’ lead. A female cast in a film is a heroine, no matter how small or big her character space is,” she adds further.
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar tuns a campaign named Save Shakti which stands in support of women who have been facing challenging situation. Speaking about that, the Sathya actress says, “I’m not looking at protecting only women from the industry. I am looking at an organisation that can do this across the state. Crime against women is prevalent across the board. I think the women in the industry still have a voice. They can come out in public, and people will listen to them. But women in, say, the IT industry, may not be able to say ‘no’ or speak up because there’s always the fear of losing the job or not being heard. So, my target is not only the film industry.”