Aishwarya Rajesh on her role in ‘Vada Chennai’! Exclusive!

A strong role indeed!

Our October cover girl – Aishwarya Rajesh – is raring to go with nothing stopping her. With an impressive line-up of films in her kitty such as Kanaa, Vada Chennai and Dhruva Natchathiram apart from the recently released Chekka Chivantha Vaanam she has marked a clear space for her in the Film Industry.

“Like Renu in ‘CCV’, Padma in ‘Vada Chennai’ is bold too!”

Bold portrayal of women in Tamil cinema oscillates between hit-and-miss; where filmmakers occasionally nail it but more often than not, stick to manic-pixie-dream-girl tropes that do nothing for the actress or her role. With her filmography so far speaking for itself, Aishwarya seems to have a penchant for strong, bold female characters. Her role in Vetrimaran’s ‘Vada Chennai’ is something along these lines; something that the actress attests is a role like no other. “For a female protagonist, she’s a bold, North Madras girl. I know this role will come out as quite a different one compared to all the roles I’ve done in the past. In fact, it’s a role I haven’t seen in ten years or so in Kollywood!”


She isn’t someone to be afraid of multi-starrers, too! 

Multi-starrers are something that many actors like to steer clear of owing to the notion that the other might hog more limelight. Aishwarya, who has mostly featured in films where she was the second or the sole female lead, has taken up a project (CCV) with other known actresses such as Jyothika, Aditi Rao Hydari and Jayasudha featuring in it. The idea of insecurities is out of the question for her, she says.

“I’ve always been comfortable with acting with many actors in a film as long as my role is given justice and is well-etched out. I have to do my role properly; that is more important to me,” she stresses. “The role I’m offered should be liked by me, and have its own essence on screen. Regardless of the number of actors, I like to focus on my part and do justice to it.” This applies to ‘Vada Chennai’, too, that has Dhanush, Andrea Jeremiah, Samuthirakani, Ameer, Daniel Balaji, to name a few. Talent isn’t something uncommon in this team. “My character is paired opposite Dhanush and it is very challenging to act with him. He’s a very sweet co-star to work with!”

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