Trisha has mostly featured in big budget mainstream films but she's also played some interesting roles that go against the grain.
Actor Trisha, who came into the limelight after she won the Miss Chennai beauty pageant, had sworn at the time that she would never enter cinema.
Cut to 2017 and Trisha has more than survived in an industry where heroines have a shelf life shorter than the average avocado. The star has acted with nearly all the bigwigs in the industry, save Rajinikanth.
Trisha has always been a mainstream actor, featuring in mostly big budget films. Known to be nimble on her feet, she has given many memorable dance performances like Appadi Podu in her career. The actor has also been mired in controversy a few times, not in the least because of the unapologetic way in which she leads her life in a conservative state like Tamil Nadu.
After having spent 15 years in Kollywood, Trisha, like her contemporary Nayanthara, is looking to do meatier roles that offer her more than a song and a dance. She recently walked out of Saamy 2 with Vikram, the sequel to the 2003 blockbuster, citing creative difference. It's rumoured that the actor was unhappy with the role given to her in the second film and had chosen to walk out of the big budget project rather than stick with it.
Here's a look at some of the unconventional choices that Trisha has made in her career in Tamil films:
Lesa Lesa: Early in her career, Trisha played the role of a woman who is in love with a death row convict and refuses to move on in life. The film had two heroes, Shaam and Madhavan, but the plot revolved around her character.
Abhiyum Naanum: In this film which explored the relationship between a father and daughter, Trisha had ample scope to perform. She plays a young, assertive woman who falls in love with a Punjabi man and convinces her father (a hilarious Prakash Raj) that she knows what she's doing.
Manmadhan Ambu: Trisha played an actor who breaks up with her fiance because he wants her to give up her career after marriage. Usually, Indian films have treated ambitious women with very little respect. Trisha's Ambu came as a surprise.
Yennai Arindhal: Trisha had a very successful outing with Gautham Menon's Vinnaithaandi Varuvaya, in which she plays a Malayali woman from a conservative Christian family. In her second film with the director, she played a single mother to a young girl, a role which most mainstream heroines would be reluctant to touch.
Thoongavanam: Trisha played an Intelligence Officer on a job all through the film. It's perhaps one of the rare times when a mainstream heroine in Tamil films has been shown completely in the context of her profession rather than family or love life.
Kodi: Trisha played a villain who kills the hero in cold blood to fulfill her political ambitions. Although a female villain, Trisha's character in Kodi was mostly free of the misogynistic trappings that usually accompany such characters. The actor was willing to take the risk to play such a role despite knowing it could backfire badly in a state where heroes are deified.
Trisha has an interesting line-up of upcoming films including Garjanai, the Tamil remake of Anushka Sharma's NH 10, 1818, which is based on the Mumbai terror attacks and in which she's the central protagonist, and 96 with Vijay Sethupathi. She is also making her Malayalam debut with Nivin Pauly in Hey Jude.
Kannirasi is one movie to watch out for! Yes, sources are buzzing with the news that the film will have cameo by nine leading ladies in Kollywood, which includes Nayanthara, Trisha, Lakshmi Rai, Sri Divya, Andrea and Hansika.
Wondering who the lucky hero in the movie is? Well, it is Jai who was seen in films like Engeyum Eppothum and Raja Rani. Wielding the megaphone for Kannirasi will be Vijay Chander, who is expecting the release of his debut flick Vaalu, which has Simbu and Hansika as the lead pair. The filmmakers will make an official announcement on this project soon, it is expected.
Director Gautham Menon had approached Trisha to play a significant role in Ajith’s 55th film but the actress declined the offer. When enquired about this, we came to know that this particular role had shades of grey and Trisha was not too happy to turn a baddie at this stage.
Amy Jackson is also reported to have turned down this offer for this reason and eventually it was Dhansika, who was seen in Peraanmai and Manja Velu, has been signed up. Interestingly, Arun Vijay, Dhansika’s hero in Maanja Velu is also included in the star cast of this film.
Trade sources are buzzing with the news that Ajith’s 55th movie will have Anushka and Trisha in the lead! Gautham Menon seems to have managed to pull it off finally! What makes this project even more interesting is the fact that it will have Harris Jayaraj scoring the music.
There have been a lot of speculations over the music director but it looks like Gautham and Harris have ironed out their differences to come together for this biggie. We also hear that the shooting of this yet to be titled movie will begin on April 9th in Hyderabad. Watch this space for more updates!
Recently the film Inam was withdrawn from theaters by its distributor Tirupathi Brothers spearheaded by director N.Lingsamy. The self imposed ban of the film was the result of the pressure in the form of protests by certain Tamil organizations against the Santhosh Sivan directorial which allegedly showcased the struggle of Tamils in the Sri Lankan ethnic war in poor light. Now actress Trisha has been dragged into more or less a same kind of controversy. Recently the former Miss Chennai took part in a fashion based event in a Canada and walked the ramp. It is alleged that the event was sponsored by someone close to Sri Lankan president Rajakpaksha who faces grave charges spearheading war crimes and human rights violations meted out to innocent Tamils in the name of war. Trisha's is being criticized for not being sensitive to the sentiment of Tamils despite being a Tamil actress.
The event seems to be organized by a private entity and it is nothing but expecting too much from a celebrity to make background checks about the organizers of such events.
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