Saranya was one of those actresses who had an exclusive league of fan following for herself back in the day. In an era that was filled with retro glamour and cabaret sequences, she was like a breath of fresh air for the audiences. People loved her for the demure, modest heroine that she was. And those qualities were not a testament to her acting skills. She set herself a class apart after her performances in Nayagan, Manasukkul Mathappu, Ulagam Pirandhadhu Enakkaga, Agni Paarvai, Karuthamma and Meendum Savithri.
In a latest interview with Silverscreen, Saranya opened up about choosing roles after a certain age. She said, “I was a little nervous about the reception Magalir Mattum would get at the box-office. Now, another one of my babies is up. I’m not sure if I should continue to feel nervous or just wait it out like I usually do.”
Curiously enough, ever since she won the National Award for her performance in Thenmerku Paruvakatru, Saranya has been typecast.
Saranya says, “I won an award for that performance. It doesn’t mean that I should do the same facial emotions for every film after that. I am an artist, and I want to be able to experiment.
Sadly, I’ve had few opportunities to do the things I want to. Even now, at this age and stage in my life, my roles are dictated to an extent by the position I am in at that point.”
But the reviews weren’t positive. She says, “My one short break from this stereotype ended in tears. It is going to take a long time before the audience forgives me for that attempt.”
The Tamil film industry isn’t usually kind to women artists who try to step out of their assigned roles, Saranya says. “That’s why I admire women like Nayanthara, Trisha, Radhika Sarathkumar, and Khushboo. They’re all experimenting outside the lines assigned to them by the industry. They make it look easy and effortless. But it involves a lot of trouble.”