Malayalam actor Anumol is synonymous with intense characters. Her Thankamony in Ivan Megharoopan and Ragini in Akam encompasses the many phases, emotions and shades of femininity. However, the actor says typecasting is a reality but actors are seldom responsible for it.
“Sometimes, I yearn for some light, peppy characters. At the same time, I realize that intense characters form my comfort zone. I think most of the actors are open to experiment with all types of characters. But typecasting is not their hands. The type of characters which come to you frequently become 'your type of' characters and you get typeset. Actors cannot be blamed for this,” Anumol told Onmanorama in an interview.
Commenting on the type of characters she has done so far, Anumol says that right from Bharathi in 'Kannukkulle' (2010), every movie was a challenge. “I can't choose one or two characters as my personal favorites. I know people who have saved my contact on their phone under my character names. Janu of Njan, Thankamony, Ragini and all my characters share a level of intimacy with the person I am. And I know all these woman have something, some depth, some profoundness in their characters as a common trait. Somehow, I have been reserved for such characters,” she says.
The kid who flaunted colorful costumes
Speaking on how she developed a passion for acting, Anumol says that it was ballet that attracted her to the world of glitz and glam. “I hail from a village in Pattambi. The Thirumandhamkunnu temple, which is famous for its eleven-day annual festival, is situated in our locality. There used to be ballet performances as part of the festival. As a five-year-old, I fancied the well-groomed ballet artists who was fortunate to wear colorful costumes and jewelry everyday. I believed that the luckiest on earth are ballet performers. I badly wanted to be one among them,” she remembers.
It was the actor's father who took her to a classical dance teacher in Pattambi for dance training. “Father asked teacher to train me so quickly that he wanted to watch her daughter's performance in the next year's temple festival. Naturally, I started spending most of my time with the dance teacher, who became my next idol,” she said.
Slowly, she realized that acting or expressing gives a level of freedom, be it in dance, theater or cinema. “I never imagined myself, an engineering graduate who started career as a television anchor, as a screen actor! Life is taking me in unpredictable directions,” she says with glittering eyes.
Well, that might be the reason why Anumol hesitates to nurture a dream character in her mind. “I don't have a dream character. Life hasn't happened the way I imagined. I am afraid to dream,” she says.
Premasoothram to break the stereotype
If you think that Anumol is settling down with the intense characters she's been typecast, you are wrong! Anumol is all set for the release of her next movie 'Premasoothram' directed by Jiju Ashokan. The actor plays a character called Manju Rani, a tailor in the movie.
“Manju Rani is a different experience for me. It is the first time I am handling an out-and-out peppy character. The director and crew members have helped me out generously on this count. I even asked some of them whether I look pleasant enough on screen,” she says. Anumol's character runs a local tailoring shop in a rural pocket in the movie, expected to land in movie halls later this month.