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There’s a joy in playing older characters, says Jyotika


Hyderabad: If you’re wondering what Jyotika is doing right now, the 42-year-old South superstar is prepping up for the release of her landmark 50th film. Titled ‘Udanpirappe’, it is all set to release on Amazon Prime Video on October 14 in Tamil and Telugu (‘Raktha Sambandham’). Jyotika is having a festival release for the first time in her career and she feels elated to release a women-centric film during Dasara, a festival of goddesses.

On what attracted her to take up the project, an excited Jyotika shares, “It’s not very often that we get such powerful and deep-rooted roles to play. Also, the film shows a beautiful brother-sister bond at a native level. The script and the way the dialogues were penned and the power in the writing and the screenplay are what attracted me the most.”

Jyotika referred to a lot of real-life characters to prepare for her role of Mathangi, who she says is “close to her heart”. “My inspiration for my character has been my mother-in-law and several other women I met at my native place. Seldom, women are portrayed in movies the way they are in real life. Every time I sign a project (like ‘Udanpirappe’), I want women to connect with what they see on-screen. Mathangi is one of the nicest and dignified characters I have played in my entire career,” shares the actor, who is also co-producing the film.

Jyotika feels it’s always a good time to grow as an actor. “Very few women get the opportunity to evolve in the industry – from the age of 16-17 to 45-50. I feel blessed to get that opportunity. Everyone is in a rat race to look young on-screen, but it feels good to play a character slightly older than you are,” shares Jyotika.

Jyotika hasn’t dubbed for the film, mainly because she couldn’t go to the studio due to Covid-19 and also because she wasn’t confident of getting the dialect right. However, she says it was an enriching experience working with her co-stars Sasikumar, Samuthirakani, Soori, and Kalaiyarasan.

How has she spent time in the lockdown period? “I have binge-watched a lot of TV shows and films on OTT. I feel all of us have rediscovered ourselves in the pandemic – I started cooking, baking, and sketching. I spent a lot of quality time with my family,” shares Jyotika.

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