October 31, 2010 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
Her parents didn't give her a name for seven months because they didn't find a right one. Apparently Tirrtha's sibling is named Rig Veda. Her father is a freelance cinematographer who works for Doordarshan and had given his daughter all the encouragement to become an actress. "Even the colours of my home, our behaviour, discussions and upbringing all are in tune with my father's thinking, his vision," says the debutant actress who won the Nandi Award for Sontha Ooru in the Best Actress category.
The Maharashtrian actress who passed out the film school in Pune signed her first film over a cup of coffee with Sunil Kumar Reddy, the director. "My mom broke down when I went home yesterday to give her the news. We are so delighted, but I must admit that I was shocked initially. For all the hard work I had done I finally got the fruit. The script and the screenplay, the dialogues were so amazing, half the job was done. I thank God for making this movie happen," says the actress.
She was in a complete state of disbelief when she spoke to the director about the film and asked him what made him choose her as Malli. The director has a superb eye for people, he explained the metaphorical idea of the movie when they met she avers.
It's been two years since the film has been made but why hasn't she signed more movies? What are you saying she asks in a horrified tone, "I have spent three years just understanding cinema, I cannot afford to throw it away for something superficial like money, gloss." Tirrtha was amazing in her role of a prostitute who is addicted to alcohol, ask her how she managed to smoke a beedi and work so wonderfully as a woman who's lost control in life, she giggles. She says earnestly that she never had a fag or had tasted alcohol and the first two puffs from the beedi was really tough. Losing control of our lives is in our hands and I had to just imagine that, the rest became easy she adds.
She resisted watching Tabu in Chandni Bar and some other films for reference in which the glamour girls played a prostitute. Tirrtha is in a party mood, she is all praise for her co-actors especially Raja, the small kid, LB Sriram, etc., and stresses that meaningful cinema never goes waste.