Aditi Balan on post-Aruvi scripts: Serious and female-centric roles dominated offers
- Posted on April 30, 2023
- By Navya Shrivastava
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After receiving critical acclaim and praise for her performance in the debut film Aruvi, Aditi Balan has not appeared in a full-length Tamil feature film until now. Aditi is all set to make a comeback with her role in Thankar Bachan's latest film, Karumegangal Kalaiginrana, where she will be sharing the screen with the legendary director-actor Bharathirajaa. The film marks a significant milestone in Aditi's career as she steps into a new project after taking a break from the industry. Fans are eagerly waiting to see her on the big screen once again, and are excited to witness her chemistry with Bharathirajaa.
According to Aditi Balan, being new to the industry, it took her a while to grasp the workings of the system. She points out that there are diverse opinions on what's important in the industry - some emphasizing on visibility and market value, while others stressing on choosing only the best opportunities. Aditi expresses a wish for a blueprint for actors, especially female artists, that could guide them on how to navigate the industry.
Aditi Balan recounts how she got involved in Thankar Bachan's upcoming film. According to her, the director contacted her and inquired why she wasn't signing any films. Aditi replied that she would surely consider anything that came her way. Thankar Bachan then narrated the story of his film, which Aditi found appealing due to its simplicity and strong human emotions. Additionally, the prospect of sharing the screen with the legendary actor-director Bharathirajaa was enough to persuade Aditi to take on the role.
Aditi Balan spoke about her experience of sharing the screen with Bharathirajaa and Gautham Vasudev Menon, saying that it was an enlightening session. She got to observe the nuances that Bharathirajaa sir brings to the table as an actor during an important sequence they had together. Aditi was impressed by the way he reacted whenever she delivered her dialogue, and the timing he took to give those expressions was just perfect. She believes that new-age actors like herself have a lot to learn from him, and it was a blessing to witness it from such close quarters.
Even though he's not young, he makes an effort to deliver his best performance for each scene. Aditi Balan comments, "In my brief scene with Gautham Menon, I had a great experience. Just by watching him on set, I learned how to deliver dialogue effectively. He leaves a beautiful pause between lines, which adds depth to the emotions portrayed."
Aditi Balan portrays the role of Kanmani in the movie, who is an authoritative character facing numerous challenges in life. Aditi revealed that her character eventually reaches a point where she loses everything. However, she refrains from divulging further details about the character at the moment.
Aditi Balan, who is also a lawyer and a social activist, jokes that her profession might contribute to the misconception that she is a serious person. In reality, she describes herself as lighthearted and loves engaging in conversations on various topics. “People tend to assume that I am reserved, intelligent, and serious just because I am a lawyer. While I am indeed intelligent, I am definitely not the serious type,” she says. When asked about the present climate for actresses in Kollywood, Aditi acknowledges that things are improving, but there is still a long way to go.
Aditi Balan expresses her thoughts on the current state of the film industry, saying, "Aruvi, Aramm, and Tharamani were game-changers when they released a few years ago, but now it seems like things have slowed down. There's a pattern that filmmakers tend to follow, where if one particular genre is successful, then many others follow suit. I think we need to break out of that pattern. Personally, I would love to explore fun, entertaining roles like the ones played by Urvashi in Michael Madhana Kama Rajan."
Aditi Balan shares that she hasn't signed any new projects after Karumegangal Kalaiginrana. Instead, she's focusing on Bharatanatyam and planning to perform in Chennai. Aditi reveals that she recently attended a workshop in Kerala called Navarasa Sadhana, which has motivated her to pursue Bharatanatyam again, a traditional art form that she has been learning since she was five. "I want to sharpen my skills and give more performances," she says, excitedly.
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