started acting, Shalini had almost stopped acting. Elder brother Richard is also an actor in Tamil and
Telugu movies. “The three of us were in a Telugu movie ‘Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari’ which
was a huge hit then.
My brother and sister are so much older to me that I was never in their scheme
of things. I either have been bullied to no end or protected. My sister and I have been pretty close
always and she is always there for me whenever I need advice or just want to talk to her about
That connect has passed on to my niece too and she treats me more like a sister than
her aunt which is how both Shalini and I prefer it to be. We spend a lot of time together traveling
within and outside the country. Shalini and I never exchanged notes on movies because, by the time
she was slowly fading out of the movie scene, I was entering.
At home, we are very different people and if I don’t like some movie of hers, I tell her that. In fact, I think Alaipayuthey is her best movie ever.”