Actor Kamalinee Mukherjee says she is very excited about making a comeback with upcoming Tamil film Iraivi. She was last seen in a small but a well-received role in Kamal Haasan-starrer 2006 thriller Vettaiyaadu Villayadu.
“Even though I played a fleeting role in Vettaiyaadu Villayadu, it was received warmly and thus, I was eagerly waiting to make a comeback to the industry. But every role that came my way since then didn’t excite me as much I had hoped for,” said Kamalinee.
It seems like the long wait paid off with Karthik Subbaraj-directed Iraivi, which she describes as the perfect comeback venture. “When I heard the story from Karthik, I knew I wanted to be part of this project. The clarity and honesty with which he spoke to me, really impressed me. The last time I heard a story with such conviction was when director Krish narrated Gamyam to me,” she said.
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Iraivi in Tamil means goddess. Does the title refer to the powerful women in the film, going by the posters? “Most people think this is a woman-centric film. It’s a film where both men and women play very powerful characters and they’re given equal importance,” she said, adding that she plays a very “refreshing” and “challenging” role.
Paired with actor-filmmaker SJ Suryah, she said she had a blast working with him. “Suryah shone in his role. It’s amazing how he fits into a character, so effortlessly. I enjoyed working with him. Since he’s a director, he has amazing patience level to understand what the director wants from a scene,” she said.
Slated to release on June 3, the film also stars Vijay Sethupathi, Bobby Simhaa, Anjali and Pooja Devariya.
Talking about her co-stars, Kamalinee said: “No director can trust his actors like Karthik, and it’s because they are so talented. There was so much to learn from the rest of the cast. The kind of energy Vijay and Bobby brought to the sets is amazing. Both Anjali and Pooja played their roles to the tee.”
Kamalinee says she wouldn’t miss a chance to work with Karthik again. “When I accepted the offer, I wasn’t aware of Karthik’s work. I liked what I heard and I gave my consent. Half way into the film, I watched his Jigarthanda, and I knew what I had got into. I like his brand of humour, which is unlike anything you see in Tamil films,” she said.
On a concluding note, Kamalinee said that Iraivi will be the kind of a film which people will want to watch more than once.