May 23, 2012 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
The beautiful Charmme is in an unusually upbeat mood and is reeling out dialogues in Malayalam rolling all the Ls perfectly. She looks amused, excited like a school girl about the happenings in Kerala where she is shooting for debut film Thappana with superstar Mammootty.
She says, "They told me to make an 'endry' and it took me a while to understand it was entry. I asked them what was my name in the film was and they said Malliga, it is actually Mallika. The director says I have a very expressive face but I should use it less and be a lot more subtle.
In the North too, things are different, for Zilla Ghaziabad, the dances are modern, here our steps are more tuned for the mass. Pony Prakash Raj, the choreographer would keep saying baby, don't use the hips so much. You know I'm loud and use a lot of expressions. My lingo had proper Ghaziabadi accent."
The actor is proud to have 65 films in her kitty that she had pooled in eleven years. This year she has four releases and is in the process of signing more. "We are actors and we need to have more exposure. I delayed my debut in Malayalam films as I wanted to do something that I had never done before and wanted people to be surprised at my body of work.
My entry in Kannada and Malayalam films is all about getting better and better as an artiste by each passing day. In Thappana, I'm a lower caste innocent girl, married, who and goes to jail and lives there for 5 years. The film starts from that point when she is coming out of jail after 5 years and the journey is shown to us through a flashback from the jail to the house."
Charmme has a knack of picking up languages swiftly and proficiently and she owes it to God's blessings, her DNA. "My dad has ease with all languages, when he was in Mumbai he would converse in Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi with his clients. Even after eleven years in the industry, I still love my job the same way as much as I did when I entered.
I'm working with Sanjay Dutt, Vivek Oberoi, Arshad Warsi in Zilla Ghaziabad and a film choreographer in a Kannada film and a high class call girl in a Telugu film to be directed by Chandu. Malayalam film releases this year and it's only May now and I have four releases ready..my work gives me a high."
Does she have any regrets on the debacle of Bbuddah..Hoga Terra Baap? Not really, she never expected she would do a Amitabh Bachchan's film. "Never in the wildest of dreams did I think I would meet him forget acting with him. I played one of the main characters. Also I maintained a low profile during the release and didn't hype it.
Once a film releases, I just leave it and I don't ponder over it..whatever is the result I accept it in all humility. I was offered many Hindi films after Bbuddah..but all the plots were more or less identical, and I was keen on variety. I never ever felt like a newcomer when I was doing this first Hindi film..my experience, confidence helped me.. my first shot was a lengthy dialogue, all this comes only with experience, had Bbuddah been my first film, I would have run away."