Vishwaroopam 2 actor Pooja Kumar feels south Asian actors are getting better roles today
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Vishwaroopam 2 actor Pooja Kumar feels south Asian actors are getting better roles today

Pooja Kumar will be seen in Kamal Haasan’s upcoming movie Vishwaroopam 2.

regional movies Updated: Jul 19, 2018 14:59 IST
Press Trust of India
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Pooja Kumar is paired opposite Kamal Haasan in Vishwaroopam 2.

Indian-American actor Pooja Kumar says there were not many great roles for South Asian actors in Hollywood a decade ago but there is a positive change now and they are offered meaningful characters today. Pooja, who worked in Hollywood movies like Man on a Ledge and Brawl in Cell Block 99, and Tamil films like Vishwaroopam and Vishwaroopam 2 opposite actor Kamal Haasan, believes now is the great time for South Asian women.

“There were no roles for South Asian actors 10 years ago, we were doing small parts, say one liners, or guest roles. But in the last five years things have changed, South Asian actors are seen as powerful (artiste),” she told PTI.

“Even in America when our generation came in, there were writers, producers and artistes so we started creating content. Today, women are in a powerful position in real life and in reel life we are cast as lawyers, FBI agents here. It is a great time for South Asian women,” she said.

The Vishwarooopam says she never let lack of better roles discourage her. “I worked as a receptionist in a real estate office to earn money and then in the evening, I would go to drama classes. Initially, it was tough but slowly things started opening up,” she says. She will also be seen in Vishwaroopam 2 opposite Kamal Haasan.

“He is all about the story, character and making a good film,” she says about Kamal Haasan. The film was reportedly on hold due to financial crisis and pending work on VFX but it got revived in April last year after Kamal took over as the producer.

“We have given three, four years of life for a two-hour film, so we don’t want it to be banned or be in controversy. My job is to inspire people to go to watch cinema,” says Pooja when asked about the delay.

“Producers would know more about controversy, the delay. He (Haasan) has done so much for cinema, so we should support and encourage him as he has changed the Indian cinema, the change in technology that he has brought in.”

Kumar, 41, says the second part of Vishwaroopam has more romance, drama, action and emotion. Vishwaroopam 2 is an edgy film, it has action, drama and a diverse cast. I get to do special action sequences. I am excited about sharing it with people. We have worked hard on the film. It is exciting and fun for everyone,” she says.

The film is slated to be released on August 10. Post the release of this film, Pooja, who was seen in Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra starrer “Anjaana Anjaani” (2010), hopes to act in more Hindi movies.

“Now it is great time...I would love to do more Hindi films as there are different kinds of movies being made and (there are) different platforms as well. There have been offers in the past, you have to see the story, director, the location. As actors we go where the work is. I am open. I would like to work with Shoojit Sircar, Aanand L Rai and a Rohit Shetty film will be awesome to do,” she says.

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First Published: Jul 19, 2018 14:59 IST