Iranian auteur and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Majid Majidi broke into the stratosphere of Indian cinema, Hindi to be specific, with Beyond The Clouds. The film doubled up as a launch pad for South Indian actress Malavika Mohanan and Shahid Kapoor’s half-brother Ishaan Khatter. And while Ishaan comes with a bag full of illuminating surprises, Malavika comes with little experience on her hands.
However, that in no way stopped them from wowing us in each frame! Take a look:
Daughter of famous cinematographer K U Mohanan, Malavika is a complete package any director would be delighted to have as his muse. Malavika, who made her screen debut opposite Malayalam heartthrob Dulquer Salmaan in Pattam Pole, certainly doesn’t perform like someone who is barely a couple of movies old. Her dominating screen presence and a strong personality are lethal weapons that just don’t let you miss her act for even a blink! And while Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut apparently bandied around to play Majid Majidi’s Tara, things fell in place for Mohanan as she was the last one to be cast.
Talking about prep with a leading news portal, Malavika elaborated, “When you sign a film 2-3 months before the shoot, you get to spend so much time with the script, the character, the dialogues. But this was very last minute. So I did whatever little prep I could. I spent time at Dhobi Ghat, I learnt how to iron clothes,” said Mohanan.
Further emphasizing on the importance of the physicality of a role, she asserted, “After the first schedule, there was a gap of 15 days before the second started. That’s when I had to lose a lot of weight. That was really, really difficult because the girl had to look emancipated, malnourished. That was what the character required but as an actor, it’s really difficult to do that because it’s not like you can make your body lose weight. So I had to cut down and eat minimum food. I slept very, very less so that I would get dark circles and not look fresh. I didn’t wash my hair for a long time.”
The newbie also expressed her desire to work with Shah Rukh Khan in future, an actor who translates to Hindi cinema for Malavika Mohanan.
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