Actor Sreeya Ramesh who did minor roles in super hit films like 'Ennum Eppozhum', 'Oppam' and 'Odiyan' has essayed a similar character in the latest blockbuster movie 'Lucifer' as well. Though she had less screen time, the actress delivered a power packed performance, drawing the attention of the audience. Incredibly elated with the grand success of 'Lucifer', Sreeya thanks her fans and well wishers for their encouragement and positive responses. Sreeya says that it is the writer who creates characters and as an artist she tries to portray it in the best way possible. The actress talks about 'Lucifer' and her character called Gomathi in it.
Sreeya draws similarities between Stephen Nedumbully, the character played by Mohanlal in 'Lucifer' and Stephen Nettooran, also played by the screen icon in the 1990 political thriller 'Lal Salam'. Twenty nine years after the release of Lal Salam, Lucifer has conquered the box office with Mohanlal’s performance earning overwhelming reviews. Sreeya too is bowled over by the actor’s performances in both the films.
“The punch dialogues of both Nettooran and Stephen Nedumbully were received with great applause by the audience. However, at times, even a subtle glance by Mohanlal is more powerful that these punch dialogues. I was surprised when an old woman asked me whether there would be a sequel for Stephen Nedumbally, while I was walking out of the theater after watching the movie. For a moment I thought about the scene where Sheela’s character claps excitedly, watching Narasimham. It makes us extremely joyous that audiences of all ages, from little kids to old people, are thrilled watching Lucifer. Director Prithviraj and screen writer Murali Gopy have added all the right ingredients for a mass entertainer. Both have proved that they are more than just talented actors,” said Sreeya.
Sreeya says that some controversies too have erupted after the release of 'Lucifer'. She asks whether good cinema would come out if the actors’ names and their religions are scrutinized. The actress points out that there are good politicians and corrupt ones in the society and that such a movie cannot be made without portraying heroes or villains.
“In some movies, the hero would be a police officer while in some others he may oppose the police. Those who are criticizing Stephen Nedumbully should not forget that Lalettan has essayed an amazing police officer in Babakalyani. It is lame to think that people would blindly imitate whatever they see in the movies. Just because people applauded the scene in Commissioner where Suresh Gopi beats Mohan Thomas’ brother on road and mouths a few punch dialogues, can you say that they would imitate it in real life? It is better to see movies with the perception that they are just films. If they are diverged to an unhealthy discussions and observations, how many movies can we actually make?” asks Sreeya.
She observes that real incidents like crime, atrocities against women and corruption that happen in the society create news. She asks whether those who argue that such films, which were conceived from imagination, would form opinions, would demand to ban news as well saying that these incidents would inspire the public. Sreeya added that more than cinema inspiring the public, it is the real incidents that inspires films.
“I must really laud the support of a producer like Antony Perumbavoor for this movie. I wish more such movies come out from Aashirvaad. As a humble artist, I am extremely happy to have become part of such a successful movie and also act alongside Mohanlal and Manju Warrier again,” Sreeya signs off.