Kollywood actress Regina Cassandra- The New Indian Categorical


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Seventeen years after her debut in Kanda Naal Mudhal (2005), having spent greater than half of her life in appearing, Regina Cassandra candidly admits that she’s much more severe about her job now. “I assume I used to be fairly carefree once I started. I keep in mind Laila asking me how I felt going through the digicam and I had not even given any thought to that query then.

I had labored with Priya ma’am (the movie’s director) on a documentary, and I simply occurred to satisfy her when she was auditioning actors for Kanda Naal Mudhal and that’s how my debut occurred. Again then, I used to be merely excited to behave in a movie directed by a well-recognized particular person. Enakku appearing varuma? varaatha? I didn’t even give it some thought then’,” Regina says, including that her theatre background helped her match.

Now, with a number of appearing credit throughout a number of languages, how does she suppose she has developed as an actor? Regina has a captivating response. “I used to be extra assured again through the preliminary days as a result of I didn’t take into consideration appearing in a acutely aware method. I used to be younger and every little thing was an expertise. I’m not carefree anymore; now, it’s a job.”

When ardour turns right into a occupation, it’s a typical notion that the appeal steadily fades away. “I really like my job,” Regina says, and clarifies that it’s, in fact, not free of lifeless moments. “There are days once I get up and don’t really feel like going to work. It occurs. However the fantastic thing about it’s that by the point you might be on the taking pictures spot, that thought disappears.”

In her newest outing, the second season of the thriller collection Fingertip, she performs… an actor. And but, she says it wasn’t precisely relatable. “I play Priya, a lady who takes every little thing to coronary heart and pays consideration to all of the feedback coming her method. She feels insecure. It’s not that I don’t get insecure—all of us, in some unspecified time in the future in our life, have felt it, however I’m definitely not Priya. Nonetheless, as an actor, it was an intriguing train to play a flawed particular person.”

Regina isn’t any stranger to flawed characters. Be it her portrayal of manipulative Sameera in Evaru (2019) or the troubled Mira in Awe (2018) or the overly villainous Leela in Chakra (2021), she has performed her share of gray and darkish characters. “I really like enjoying flawed characters. They’re each relatable and totally different. Additionally, it’s thrilling to get into the sneakers of such characters and ponder on what I might do if I have been them. Priya, as an example, has a number of flaws, and also you do really feel unhappy for her.”

Regina’s filmography is a mixture of typical and unconventional. There’s the 60-minute-long movie titled Mugizh (2021), wherein she performs the mom of a 10-year-old; there’s additionally her decidedly subdued act in Nenjam Marapathillai (2021), after which, there’s the dance quantity alongside Chiranjeevi within the Telugu movie, Acharya (2022). Regina exudes a lot self-awareness whereas describing her appearing decisions.

“Once I determined in 2011 to take this profession severely, I sat down to consider what sort of actor I wished to be. Versatility is the one factor I considered. Gerard Butler is an inspiration. I imply, he can do a 300 and a PS I Love You! Additionally, it helps that I’ve a ‘versatile face’. When you make me sport a bindi, I’ll appear like an amma. I also can appear like a mannequin,” she says, bursting into laughter. “I’m fairly conscious of my seems and the way I can current myself. I select various scripts as a result of I need to be a flexible actor and I’m grateful that filmmakers imagine I can justify these out-of-the-box roles.”

Fingertip talks about cyber-crimes at a time when on-line bullying and harassment are rampant, fuelled by the anonymity granted by the web. Celebrities, particularly, are all the time uncovered to trolling and hate. “It isn’t simply actresses, however even regular college-going ladies obtain nasty feedback on-line; you should not have to be a public determine to attract such lewd feedback. I don’t know the way it’s for males, however ladies face a number of this. It’s simple to advise somebody to not get affected, however the fact is, it does get to you. Proper from my childhood, once I obtain a comment—even when it’s a nice praise—I settle for it, however don’t fairly course of it. The identical applies to unfavourable feedback.”

That is how she processes the ups and downs of her profession as effectively. “I’m grateful for the success, however I simply go away it at that. I inform myself to maneuver on. When a failure comes alongside, I do the identical. In the end, each are fleeting,” Regina concludes, with a smile.


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