Working with ace director Bala is a dream opportunity for any actor and so was it for Vedhika, who is one of the heroines of his upcoming Paradesi. The actor shares screen space with Atharva and Dhansikaa in this period film, which is one of the most expected films in the line for release.
Speaking to City Express about her role, Vedhika says, “I play a girl from 1930s, during the pre-Independent era. It’s a completely rustic and raw role. It was a whole new experience to travel back in time through my character in the film. I can’t reveal more since I don’t want to spoil the joy of discovering it on screen.”
Her last Tamil outing was Malai Malai with actor Arun Vijay in 2009. Quiz her about the long gaps she seems to be having between films and Vedhika says, “In Malai Malai, I had a meaty role of a Radio Jockey. So I was looking for roles that would let me perform. Meanwhile, I was doing Telugu films - Baanam and Daggaraga Dooranga – and won the Nandi Award for my role in the former. Also, I did an Airtel ad in Tamil with actor Karthi.”
How was it working with the National Award winning director Bala, who is supposedly a hard taskmaster? Vedhika discloses, “It’s been the best learning process for me. I’m thrilled to have got this opportunity in my 6th Tamil film itself.
As for my role, I just followed his guidelines and instructions.” Bala’s sense of humour, attention to the minutest detail for the look of each actor and the way he brings to life the characters have left Vedhika in complete awe of the director.
Bagging a film like Paradesi was both a challenge and a responsibility for her. “When Bala chose me with such a strong faith in me, I had to work in a way that made him feel that his decision was thoroughly justified. So I just had to give him the results that he expected from me,” she gushes.
In conclusion, she says, “ I would describe Paradesi as one big, magical experience. I am elated to be part of one of the most anticipated movies of 2013.”