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Varalakshmi Sarathkumar: Sabari has a gripping screenplay

Wednesday, April 24, 2024 • Telugu Comments
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Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, known for her versatile roles in Tollywood, is gearing up to enthrall audiences with her upcoming action thriller film Sabari, set for a PAN Indian release on May 3. Directed by Anil Katz, the film stars Ganesh Venkatraman, Shashank, Mime Gopi, Sunayana, and Rajashree Nair in pivotal roles and is produced by Mahendra Nath Kondla under the Maha Movies banner.

Leading up to the film's release, Varalakshmi Sarathkumar shared insights about Sabari with the press.

Can you tell us about Sabari and how the project came about?

Sabari is a psychological thriller that offered me a role outside the norm. Although the shoot started later, it was planned before 'Krack.' An actor is aware of the genre before filming, allowing for mental preparation. However, the final outcome of a film is only revealed during editing.

Is Sabari connected to mythology?

The title Sabari is indeed inspired by the famous character from the Itihasas. However, the film itself does not have a direct connection to mythology.

What is your role in Sabari?

In Sabari, I portray a common woman—a single mother who has separated from her husband. It's not a loud character; I wouldn't call her an angry woman. She is driven by a vengeful spirit to protect her daughter, who is in danger. The emotional depth of this imperative drives the character's emotions. I have dubbed for my character in both Telugu and Tamil.

Did you have any reservations about playing a mother's role in Sabari?

I played a mother in my first movie, Podaa Podi (Tamil). I have no reservations about portraying such roles. An actor must be prepared to play any part. I joined the film industry with the sole ambition of becoming an actor. The audience's perception of an actor is shaped by their choices. As long as a role is meaningful and fulfilling, I don't worry about its nature. I can only give my best.

What sets Sabari apart?

Sabari is fast-paced and devoid of lags. It immediately dives into the story, making the screenplay the film's highlight. I am confident that even if the film performs above average at the box office, no one will call it a bad movie. It keeps you engaged throughout, offering an edge-of-the-seat experience.

Do you feel you are being typecast into character roles?

I disagree that I have been typecast. My role in Veera Simha Reddy was a lead role in my opinion, with more screen time than the female leads. Just because I am not dancing with the hero doesn't mean it's not a lead role. As an artist, my focus is on delivering a strong performance. You can't please everyone, and there will always be failures.

What can you say about the producer, Mahendra Nath?

I am a producer-friendly artist who is always punctual on set. Mahendra Nath is sincere and respects the art of filmmaking.

How do you deal with social media trolls?

Social media can be harsh, with negativity becoming a trend. Faceless trolls seek attention through hurtful comments. Being negative does not equate to being honest. Criticism should be expressed in a dignified manner. These trolls have no right to hurt others, as their existence is unknown.

What are your predictions for Sabari?

No one can predict a film's fate. Naandhi and Kota Bommali IPS exceeded expectations at the box office. Every project carries a risk. I feel blessed that the Telugu film industry has embraced me, and I have reciprocated with love and dedication.

What are your thoughts on film reviews?

I believe reviews should be delayed to allow the audience to form their own opinions. Decisions should not be based on reviews from individuals who are unaware of the filmmaking process. Some reviewers criticize films for attention, lacking conviction in their opinions.

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