We meet following six years, however walking into the dining room of the INDeco eatery (Kumbakonam, where she was shooting for a serial), Asha Kelunni (yes, that is on-screen character Revathy) stops and smiles a “Welcome, I’ll join you.” A speed-dialed slide-show of her work, from Mouna Ragam, Magalir Mattum, Iruvar, Anjali, Ab Tak Chhappan, Phir Milenge, Osthe to Nishabd, Margarita with a Straw and 2 States goes through my head, ending in a question: How can she figure out how to give uniformly amazing exhibitions in such a variety of parts?
Her most recent outing is in Azhagu, a teleserial for Sun TV, that will supplant Vamsam at prime time. She had worked with ‘Vision Time’ Ramamurthy in the 90s when he sold TV space for her serials delivered by Telephoto. Ramamurthy inquired as to whether she would be interested in this serial written by Muthuselvam, directed by VC Ravi. “I liked the story and thought I’d give it a shot. So here I am, in a serial following a hole of 20 years.”
The storyline bases on a middle-class family in Kumbakonam. The educator father (Thalaivasal Vijay) and the home-creator wife (Revathy) have five grown-up children. Guardians and kids conflict over generational differences on how a family is run. “I liked how the story had a few layers to it.” Revathy is candid; it will be a slice-of-life-show with “aspects of a serial”. “Life is show, right? Ladies and school going adolescents will identify with the issues discussed,” she says, adding, “School going girls do sit in front of the TV serials, and they will be snared once they interface with the characters.”
Her own particular part, Azhagammai, is certain to thrill her fans. Television is one medium that spots ladies as focal characters, she points out. “It’s not a single lady’s adventure, yet she is the pivot of the family,” she uncovers, adding that the storyline will likewise handle issues like companion weight, working environment relationships and capitation expenses.
Her arrival to TV adjusts off what she describes as a “fantastic year”; her Pa Paandi, that was helmed by Dhanush, did well. “After quite a while, I felt the performer in me was stirred.” Another task, Gulebakavali, with Prabhu Deva and Hansika, is a parody slated for discharge in January, 2018. “My part is altogether different to what individuals have generally expected from me.” Any piece of information? “It’s a fortune chase, however a parody.”
With ‘Azhagu’, Revathy comes back to television
She’s been behind the camera too — as creative director for a sound and light installation on Ross Island, for the Andaman and Nicobar administration and the ITDC office. The multi-media show, in light of the narrative of Ross, opened in October, 2014. Gulzar composed it and portrayed the Hindi version, while Shabana Azmi did the English narration. Resul Pookutty designed the sound for Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music. “I thoroughly enjoyed the research and the technical aspect of the show.” A similar task on Swami Vivekananda is up straightaway.
She takes a quizzical view of her profession. “In the 80s and 90s, ladies would be advised to choices, better stories and directors. For Suhasini, Radhika and me, dieting was not an issue. The newcomers presently have such a significant number of difficulties — one of them being the should be size-zero. I see broccoli and quinoa on their lunch menu.”
Her shot is called. “I have a four-year-old little girl, Mahi Asha,” she says in parting. “Being a parent is extreme today. Mahi will be presented to digi-tech, the devices, yet I have to strike a harmony amongst that and genuine experiences.”