Radhamani is not Balamani: Navya on her character in upcoming movie ‘Oruthee’

Navya Nair.
Actress Navya Nair.

Navya Nair looks as agile as an athlete when she jumped onto a moving jangar ferry boat in the latest trailer of her upcoming movie ‘Oruthee’. The actress was in her prime when she tied the knot and took a long break from her successful career. Now, Navya is eager to make a grand comeback to the silver screen through ‘Oruthee’, a thriller drama. Navya plays the role of Radhamani who works as an empanelled conductor in a jangar boat. Her experiences in life have made her strong and determined. Navya, who returns to the big screen almost after a decade is excited about ‘Oruthee’. In a candid chat, she opens up about the movie and her character.

“I had wished to do a character like Balamani, that stays forever in the hearts of the audience, when I come back. Radhamani too is a such a character. However, these women are not the same. Balamani is devout while Radhamani is a hardworking woman who strives to make both ends meet. She is not someone who lives in a fantasy world like Balamani. The movie narrates Radhamani’s ordeal in a span of three days,” says Navya.

How do you observe the changes that have happened in Malayalam cinema?

I am aware about the changes that have happened in cinema as I constantly watch movies. Different kinds of movies that have unrealistic plots and characters, realistic portrayals or artificiality get released these days. There was a time when female characters had significance. Films were known in the names of Sharada, Jayabharathi and Sheela. I am someone who yearns for those days to come back.

Do you wish to try something different from your regular characters that hail from rural setting?

I wish to try different roles especially because my personality matches a woman from a village. However, I would be happy essaying strong women.

KPAC Lalitha had acted as your mother in this movie?

It was I who suggested casting Lalitha chechi in that role. She acts seamlessly. I have always seen her as my own mother. She wished to act until her last breath; and her wish was fulfilled.

Do the gossips on social media affect you?

Life is not about social media. Everything that comes in social media barely exist beyond a week. There is not an iota of truth in both the good things and bad things that come on social media about me. I usually ignore such gossips. However, the trolls suggest that your characters have touched the audience’s hearts deeply. So, I actually feel happy seeing those trolls. 

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