Amala Paul made her debut in 2009 with the movie Malayalam Neelathamara. Thereupon, she appeared in several films in different languages in the south and stood out with her film choices and performances. Most recently, the actress appeared in Netflix’s original Telugu anthology. Pitta kathalu, in which she played the title role of Meera. Pitta kathalu tells about the role of women in romantic relationships and explores the dynamics of power.
In an exclusive conversation with Bollywood Hungama, Amala Paul spoke about her role in Meera and the unconventional roles she has chosen throughout her career.
Asked about her early thoughts on reading Meera, a story about a couple struggling with insecurity, loyalty and marital rape, Amala said, “My first thought was excitement. It was also the platform and it’s the first Telugu original and when you get an opportunity like that you don’t want the content to be compromised or go wrong. I was very excited because everything aligned, the story, the director, the platform and the characters. So, I was very happy.
Speaking about the difference in treatment between characters in a short film and a feature film, Amala said, “I didn’t have a different process. But like you said in a feature film, a director has 2 to 2 and 1/2 hours to craft the story, but in 30 minutes how you can show the story and how gripping it has to be. While playing, too, I don’t have so many scenes to explore Meera in a way. I don’t have a lot of space. It is only in the given space that I have to get the most out of Meera. So I was only concentrating scene by scene, like each scene, what was the emotion, what was the goal. The shoot only lasted 10 days and I don’t think I really connected with the character because it was so short that I just focused on scene by scene.
Amala adopted female characters early in her career and some of them were so daring that she had hateful comments against her. Speaking of the same, she said: “Since the beginning of my career, I have been offered unconventional projects and projects with strong female characters. I was lucky enough to make a debut like this and it continued. But the fight was so hard because the character is judged, personally they attack me. And I wonder why you can’t accept what you see in society at the movies too. Why can’t we accept that our women are smart, stand up for themselves, and be bold. Finally, my prayers were heard.
“If you look at Bollywood, a variety of content has come out, it’s so daring and experimental, you see a lot of women-centric projects that are kind and different. But here the actresses have not been explored. They are all so talented and have so much potential. But this space is not given to them. I think now is the time when prayers have been heard and the change is here, ”she added.
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