After making a strong debut because the lead heroine within the 2015 Malayalam movie Oru Vadakkan Selfie, Manjima Mohan received the hearts of Tamil audiences the next 12 months by starring reverse Simbu in filmmaker Gautham Menon’s super-hit romance drama Achcham Yenbathu Madamaiyada. In 2017, Manjima co-starred with Vikram Prabhu within the under-appreciated Sathriyan, and Udhayanidhi Stalin in Ippadai Vellum.
While she did not have a launch in 2018, Manjima has lined up a bevy of fascinating initiatives this 12 months, together with the not too long ago launched Malayalam movie Mikhael, which marked her reunion with Nivin Pauly after 4 years. In an unique interplay, Manjima talks about why she signed Mikhael regardless of understanding that her function can be temporary, starring within the Malayalam model of Kangana Ranaut’s Queen and sharing the display screen with Gautham Karthik and Jiiva in a yet-to-be-titled Tamil movie.
“Honestly, I made a decision to do Mikhael solely due to Nivin. Haneef, the director, had already advised me that the character had very much less display screen presence and there was no music or substantial performing moments,” mentioned Manjima. On teaming up with Nivin once more, she mentioned, “Nothing had modified in us since our Oru Vadakkan Selfie days; the way in which we pull every our legs, the way in which we make your entire set noisy and the retakes we take. Even Nivin had warned Haneef about how issues had been going to be completely different as soon as each of us had been on set, and he was very affected person with us.”
Manjima has already wrapped capturing for Devarattam helmed by director Muthaiah, identified for delivering box-office hits comparable to Kutti Puli, and Komban. “We have accomplished the dubbing and the post-production works are taking place now. I did not signal any initiatives after we wrapped up Zam Zam (Malayalam remake of Queen). It was after just a few weeks that Gnanavel sir known as me for Devarattam. I used to be used to producers turning me down due to my weight, however Gnanavel sir’s method was completely different. He requested me to shed 5 kilos in a month earlier than we went on flooring.”
She additional added: “When Muthaiah sir asked me to shed weight without having it impact my chubby face, I was puzzled. But I still did it for my director and producer. It was after all this that I asked for a narration. After the narration, I felt the story was very relevant to what’s happening in society. I play a lawyer in the film which I haven’t done before. It’s not a typical village-girl character but a well-educated girl from a rural background. I think Gautham Karthik is too young to be this passionate about the industry. There’s not much romance or chemistry here because the hero and heroine are more like friends; the heroine helps him out in a situation.”
Manjima can also be a part of an untitled challenge with Jiiva and Arulnithi, which has been directed by debutant Rajasekaran and bankrolled by Super Good Films. “Jiiva’s film has the most entertaining set I have ever been on. Also, it was their production house, and the director was a debutant, so it was complete fun,” she mentioned.
One of Manjima’s much-awaited upcoming movies is Zam Zam, the official Malayalam remake of Queen. “To say that Kangana’s original version didn’t impact us at all would be a lie. The primary sense of the character is taken from the Hindi version, and we all have done what we could from our end. I have certain limitations in the film because I play a Muslim woman. We had to change some portions so that we did not end up hurting a section of the audience. We had to tone down some sequences like the toy shop scene and the drinking scene.” Ask Manjima about what the title Zam Zam refers to, she says, “When I asked my director what Zam Zam is, he said it is the holy water of Mecca. Also, the character’s name is Zama.”
As our dialog veers in the direction of Manjima’s house state and the turbulent modifications the business has witnessed prior to now few months, together with the formation of the WCC (The Women in Cinema Collective), she says: “Since my father is also from the film industry, I have a lot of friends in the Malayalam industry. But I am not a member of WCC yet. So I do not have a clear idea about what is happening in the association. I have heard some of the stories; I feel some of them are genuine, and some of them are just using the tag for their own benefit. Those who are coming up with the names of the perpetrators need real guts. And they deserve to be heard.”
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