It took Anu Sithara nearly four years to get a full-length role in a feature film but the dancer-turned actress has no regrets. “It was never easy but I have worked hard to reach here,” she says while we sit to discuss her new projects and her journey so far. Anu Sithara who was last seen in Fukri, plays a city girl in acclaimed filmmaker Ranjith Sankar’s Ramante Eden Thottam starring Kunchacko Boban. The film which will be released on May 12 is expected to be a breakthrough in Anu Sithara’s career and the young actress is leaving no stone unturned to build some abuzz around the film and encourage the audience to watch it.
You made your debut as an actress in 2013. Since then there was no looking back. How was the journey so far?
Yes, I did my first film in 2013 and did many small but important roles in most of other films in the last few years but people started noticing me soon after the release if Happy Wedding. That was when I started to get many good opportunities including Fukri.
You have acted in Oru Indian Pranayaktha, Anarkali and Veri in Tamil. But it was in Happy Wedding you stole the limelight. What was that feeling after the movie became a blockbuster.
Frankly, I never expected Happy Wedding to be a blockbuster but I was extremely happy after seeing the success of the film. I was overjoyed and thrilled. Like I said, people started to notice me soon after the film. I did receive many calls from people praising my character Shahina in the film.
Ranjith Sankar just inspired us and this beautiful character Malini happened because of him.
How was your experience working with a veteran filmmaker like Siddique in Fukri?
Director Siddique sir is a gem of a person. He gives you that freedom at work. Working with him made me disciplined, sincere and hardworking.
Are you choosy when it comes to selecting movies?
I am not choosy while selecting a role but I always prefer to check if a character can challenge me and that’s how I choose a project.
You have two big releases waiting. Achayans and Ramante Eden Thottam. What are your expectations?
Achayans and Ramante Eden Thottam are two big films that are going to be released on the same day. Achayans is a fun entertainer movie while Ramante Edhen Thottam is a matured love story. I am expecting both the films to be a blockbuster. At the same time, I am happy that two of my films are being released on the same day!
How did this role of Malini in Ramante Eden Thottam come to you? You have a full-lengh role in this film and that’s a first. How was the experience acting in this film?
I always wanted to work with Ranjith Sankar. It’s an honour to work with him. I see that way. You know, I did send few photos during the time when he was planning Pretham but never received a chance but when he planned to do Ramante Eden Thottam, he spoke to me. I was thrilled because this is my first full-length feature film. I always believe cinema is a director’s medium and when a director challenges me, it infuses me with the energy to do better. Ranjith Sankar just inspired us and this beautiful character Malini happened because of him.
Kunchacko Boban is a legend and there is no doubt in that. How was your experience working with him?
Chackochan (as he is fondly called as) is no doubt a legend. He has acted in over 75 films so far and that shows where he stands. His first movie Aniyathipraavu is my all-time favourite. Working with him was an honour and I truly cherish those moments during the shoot of Ramante Eden Thottam.
You are a trained dancer and you also have a dance school. Has acting in anyway affected your dancing career?
Not at all. Dancing gives you an instant focus. It motivates me as an actress. In fact, in this Ramante Eden Thottam, I am a dancer so I could closely relate myself to the character Malini. Whenever I get a free time, I practice nothing but dance.
Tell us something about your family?
My mother Renuka is a dance teacher and my father Abdul Salam is working as a UD Clerk in Calicut University. My sister Anu Sonara studies in the 9th grade while my husband Vishnu Prasad is a professional photographer. I must say he is my strength and supports my career.
In the next five years where can we see Anu Sithara?
I cannot predict where I will be in the next five years but if you do not find me in films, I will be in my dance school for sure.