Ever since her second coming after gap of about fifteen long years, Manju Warrier has remained in news. Her positions on issues of social significance, the maturity in dealing with her own personal issues all has endeared her to the Malayalees, perhaps like no other actor could. For the first time Manju is donning the role of Muslim character in her new film C/O Saira Banu. She is elated not just for the fact that she could present a Muslim character but in this film she teamed up with her childhood sensation Amala Akkineni.
In a candid talk with SouthLive Senior Entertainment Editor, Maneesh Narayanan Manju do not conceal her happiness for getting good roles and the kind of attention she could elicit from the people for her character.
In C/O Saira Banu Manju acts as mother of a 21 year old helmed by debutant Antony Sony. C/O Saira Banu produced by Maqtro Pictures and Eros International will hit the theatres on 17 March 2017. Trying out different perspectives of women centric roles, Manju in the flick will appear as a post woman also sharing the screen with actor, Shane Nigam whose debutant movie to Mollywood was ‘Kismat’.
Belonging to the genre of experimental movies, C/O Saira Banu does not tag the characters to the typical actor and his heroine roaming round in a romantic frenzy.
Amala Akkineni, is coming to Malayalam cinema after a gap of 25 years.
Manju shared the experience of acting with Amala. “ Though a veteran Amala Mam was humble and she often expressed her apprehension that her acting could be effected because of her lack of knowledge in Malayalam. But she studied script made by heart the dialogues assigned to her and delivered brilliantly. Acting with an actor whom I adored in my childhood days after watching Ullatakkam and Ende Sooryaputhrikk , and it was wonderful experience,” said Manju
Asked whether she enjoys her role as a social icon, Manju smiled and said she enjoyed the roles that she is getting. “ If I am seen as a social icon, I am happy about it”. She is also the brand ambassador and model for many government projects and organisations.
When asked the criterion she adopts in selecting the characters apt came the reply “ I am not the one who think deeply about characters. When an offer is placed before me what I used to think whether I as an individual would go to cinemas to watch that character. Nothing more. It worked many times” added a confident looking Manju. She said now there are lot of experimental films coming up in Malayalam and she is very happy to associate with them if it suits her.