Samantha Prabhu Not Sure For Shakuntalam
Its director Gun Shekhar Garu brought this film to me. Although at that time I was not ready for such a film. That was because I was in Raazi action mode of The Family Man those days. Was doing many realistic mode films. So I said no to Shakuntala first. But since I like challenges, I reconsidered the offer after two to three days of saying no. Also, the world created by Gunasekhar Garu was amazing. I have been a fan of Disney movies since childhood. It was an opportunity to live that childhood dream.
How did you transform yourself from Raji to Shakuntala?
I had to work on the body language of the character. That is because Shakuntalam literally means one who talks with grace, poise and elegance. Actually, while all that is not in me. I am a bit tom boyish. So Gun Shekhar Garu got me trained in that body language. The vision of Gunasekhar Garu regarding Shakuntalam was very clear. I just followed his vision. I have seen the full movie recently. I hope the audience will also feel proud to see him.
:- How difficult was it to make a comeback while battling mitosis?
To be honest, I am still struggling with it. Every person has his own troubles. He handles them in his own way. However, fighting people are branded as warriors. While this does not happen. There are days where I want to cry too. I want to give up But people generally do not want to talk about those days. In fact, it is necessary to discuss those days as well. So that common people understand that if you face the difficult days and difficult waves of life, then good days will definitely come. Whatever time may be, it cannot be permanent. So wait for the bad times to pass, and the good times to come.
:- What were the challenges in view of the special effects?
The film is of two hours and 20 minutes. There are only two hours of VFX shots in it. From them even animals and mysterious forests have been created. So it was difficult to shoot in that environment. Also we shot in the era of Covid. We were able to shoot in three months with limited resources. So our sets used to be very close. Only a few crew members lived there. So it took us several months to shoot it. The rest of the time went into the CG work of the film.
:- How did ‘The Family Man’ come to you?
I was very clear that I would have to make the character very authentic – who belongs to the Sri Lankan rebel organization. That’s because the character is very important and meaningful to a lot of people. So during the shoot, I kept hoping and praying that I would be able to do justice to the character. I watched a lot of documentaries for that. I didn’t see Raazi as a villain. I was playing him as a person who has many choices in life, choosing which he dedicates the rest of his life towards a cause. Of course she can be a villain for many, but I did not play Raazi as a villain. The choice he took is not necessarily wrong. Only then many people can connect with that character.