Aishwarya Arjun, daughter of Action King Arjun, recently debuted with Pattathu Yaanai, which released last week. The pretty 22-year-old, who is the picture of confidence, says that Sridevi was her inspiration. “There are so many talented actresses, but when people used to ask me who my inspiration or role model was, I didn’t have an answer. However, apart from dad, of course, Srideviji is my role model. I think she stopped acting when I started watching films,“ she laughs.
Ask her if she has had the opportunity to watch Sridevi in action, and she says, “Very recently . I think it was destiny. I happened to see English Vinglish just before my entry into films. I was floored by her performance. I knew she was a beauty, I knew she was a great dancer, but the kind of actress that she is, is really something else. Then I went back and watched all her movies and I personally feel she is someone who truly defines an actress or a heroine.“
Had she ever had the opportunity to meet her idol? “I have had the privilege to meet her,“ confesses Aishwarya. “It was at a star hotel, during a New Year’s Eve dinner. We happened to bump into her. She was there with her family too and she very sweetly spoke to us. Unfortunately, we haven’t gotten any pictures with her.“ TALKIE IN TECHNICOLOUR The award Sivaji Ganesan received for his performance in Veerapandiya Kattabomman at the Egypt International Film Festival were among the first recognitions Tamil cinema received internationally. More importantly, Veerapandiya Kattabomman was the first ever Tamil film to be shot in Technicolour. The film remains so important to Tamil cinema that L.K Advani, on his visit to the state, quoted this film as the only Tamil movie he had seen several times.