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Actor Meera Vasudevan talks about her experiences in the films, ‘Thanmathra’, ‘Vairam: Fight for Justice’, and the upcoming ‘Chakkaramavin Kombath’
Photos: Meera Vasudevan; Mohanlal and Meera in scenes from 'Thanmathra'
By Shevlin Sebastian
On the terrace of a Housing Board building in Thiruvananthapuram, actor Meera Vasudevan waited with bated breath. She was about to meet Mollywood superstar Mohanlal before the start of Blessy’s ‘Thanmathra’ (2005). In order to ensure that there were no goof-ups, Meera had already memorised 30 lines of dialogue.
It was a learning experience for Meera. “Not once did Mohanlal Sir throw any tantrums,” says Meera. “He was most flexible and adjusting. He would shoot till 4 a.m., and still be ready at 5 a.m., if necessary. From Mohanlal Sir, I learned how to be co-operative and adjust patiently to the film-making process.”
In this sequence, they are supposed to be walking next to each other. But since Pashupati is a very tall man, the crew placed four bricks one on top of another, and formed a line, so that Meera could reach his height. “I had to walk on these bricks very carefully, and also look emotionally upset, with tears flowing down my face,” says Meera.
However, there were hilarious moments, “Many times, I slipped and almost fell down. And Pashupati would catch me at the last moment,” says Meera. “Thankfully, since the camera was focused only on our faces, I was able to grab Pashupati’s shirt throughout. But in the end, we managed to get the shoot done, without too many retakes.”
Unfortunately, this ‘man-made’ problem continued throughout the shoot. In the end, the crew had no option, but to draw water from the swimming pool. “This was ironic, since the movie deals with water conservation,” says Meera. “Maybe, the owner should have played the hero.”
(The New Indian Express, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode)