Malayalam Tamil Actress Sandhya
Actress Sandhya is a busy heroine in Tamil and Malayalayam
movie industry today for she has offers lined up one after
another following the big hit in Kadhal. A student of
standard X, Sandhya is young but mature enough to be clear
of her priorities. She did an excellent start in her first
Kadhal film has become a superhit film and now the film's
heroine Sandhya is contacted by many film producers and
directors. Sandhya's real name is Revathy.
She got Best South Indian Actress award on her first movie
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says, 'I would not play glamourous roles and would be choosy
in selecting scripts'.
Revathy aka Sandhya says, 'after seeing my photographs,
director Balaji Sakthivel called me for his film Kadhal.
After hearing the script, I was elated to have been chosen
for the movie'. I had never dreamt of becoming an actress
till then. I am grateful to Director Balaji Sakthivel who
made me the heroine of his film.'
'Even in Malayalam, my debut movie Alice In Wonderland did
well. However, I am keen to act in Tamil movies and will
establish a place for myself here'.
On her forthcoming ventures, Sandhya says, 'after
Kadhal, I am acting with Silambarasan in Vallavan and then I
would share the screen for a movie titled Dishoom with
Jeeva. The movie would be directed by Rojakootam fame Sasi.
By the year-end, I would join hands with Bharath again for a
movie titled Koodal Nagar.'
Question: How do you feel about becoming the heroine of the
Answer: I was attending my tenth standard classes and I was
about to write my quarterly exams during which I got the
chance to act in the film "Kadhal". I had never dreamt of
becoming an actress. I am grateful to Director Balaji
Sakthivelu who made me the heroine of his film.
Question: Were you forced to take up this film based on your
family financial conditions?
Answer: There were no such problems. In fact, my father is a
cashier in a National Bank. My mother is a housewife. My
elder brother is doing his engineering in Chennai. My family
financial conditions are good, so I was not forced to act in
Question: About Balaji Sakthivelu what is your opinion?
Answer: He came to my house one day and narrated the story
of "Kadhal". While he was narrating a particular scene to
me, tears rolled down from his eyes. I noticed that Balaji
was involved with the story of "Kadhal". He advised me to
act in this film by following his instructions.
Question: Do you foresee anymore film opportunities?
Answer: Yes. After seeing the film, my friends, relatives
and others began to praise me. I have got this recognition
and popularity only because of director Balaji Sakthivel.
Question: Who's your role model?
Answer: I told you that I don't know how to act. I have just
followed the instructions of the director. How can I mimic
or copy anyone? But after seeing my film, I am confident
that I could do any role in the future.
Question: Have you fallen in love with anyone?
Answer: This is the age for anyone to fall in love. I don't
love anyone at present.
Question: What is the difference between doing a father role
in cinema and being a real father?
Answer: In "Kadhal" Iswarya's father loves his daughter
though he acts as a cruel person in the film. In real life,
my father Ajith Kumar and mother Maya love me very much.
They are good and kind hearted. When I and my brother Rahul
fight for the T.V remote control in our house, my father
used to provide us knives to fight with. Then we will put an
end to our fight. So far, my father had not beaten me at
Question: Tamil heroines have to expose...
Answer: No problem about that. I can do glamour roles. As
most of them who saw "Kadhal" told me that I have something
strange in me so that I could attract people very easily.
Question: On your future?
Answer: When I was studying in fifth standard I wanted
to become a doctor. When I was studying in seventh
standard I wanted to become a teacher. In the 10th
standard I wanted to become a fashion designer. However,
as of now I want to become a famous actress
A student of Vidyodaya, Sandhya will be appearing for her X
standard examination this September. She says, 'though
acting is my career now, I would continue with my studies. I
wanted to become a fashion designer, but eventually ended up
as an actress'.
Sandhya is a surefooted heroine when she says, 'an actress
who can perform well on the screen will no doubt achieve
success whichever language she ventures to. No doubt, my
forthcoming movies would not only do good business but also
help me establish as a successful actress'.
Realism is usually the biggest casualty in romantic movies
in Tamil cinema. Various factors like impractical
situations, a necessity to project the hero's heroism and
stunt sequences aided by graphics ensure that such films
rarely, if ever, reflect the real world. The few movies that
do, fall into the 'art movie' category, being too slow to be
entertaining. Kaadhal successfully bridges the gap between
naturalism and entertainment. Inspite of being a cliched
rich girl-poor boy love story, its realistic
characterization and situations give us the impression of
watching reality itself rather than a movie's take on it.
Iswarya(Sandhya), the school-going daughter of a rich man
falls for Murugan(Bharath), a mechanic and pursues him
rather aggressively. Soon Murugan falls in love with her
too. When Iswarya's family fixes up an alliance for her, she
asks Murugan to take her away and marry her. So the young
couple elope to Chennai where they request the help of
Stephen(Sukumar), Murugan's relative.
Kaadhal is definitely one of the most 'natural' movies I
have seen. Artificial and cinematic moments are almost
completely absent as Bharath and Sandhya first fall in love
and then go on the run. Many sequences, like Sandhya's
coming-of-age function, are so realistic that we feel that
we are actually a participant rather than an onlooker in the
celebrations. All the supporting characters feel completely
real and every expression of emotion and every line spoken
seem straight from the heart rather than the product of a
script writer's imagination. Kaadhal achieves the most
difficult job of a movie - making us forget that it is a
The romance between Bharath and Sandhya is cute but it is
after they elope that the movie really takes off. This is
not one of those movies where the hero fights off rowdies,
finds an unfinished building to move in with his lover or
starts a small hotel to support her and soon becomes a big
hotelier! The harsh reality of life hits the young couple
within a single day of running away. Sandhya's
predicament(which she has trouble talking about even to
Bharath) as they wait for their friend and the way they
spend the night without a place to stay all ring true and
make them earn our sympathy. Their sneaking around in the
men's hostel leads to some funny moments too in the middle
of all the sadness.
Because of its realism, Kaadhal manages to present a lead
pair that we care for and who we wish would get together.
This helps us get involved in the movie. There is a sequence
where Sandhya's uncle, a calm and reasonable man, takes
Bharath and Sandhya in the car. Inspite of a perfectly
normal conversation, the scene manages to generate real
tension only because we have come to care for Bharath and
Sandhya intimately. After such realism throughout, the
climax seems a little cinematic and rushed. What is most
surprising about this is that the climax is actually based
on a real character and true happenings. Looking back, it is
a powerful and emotional climax but it fails to have a
strong impact while watching the movie because of the way it
While director Balaji Sakthivel guides most of the movie
with a firm hand, his one weak area seems to be comedy.
While the Bharath's assistant raises laughs with his dialogs
and delivery, his acts when Sukumar visits the shop, are
extremely crude. Similarly, Sukumar's story about his entry
into the hostel is not very funny and also doesn't fit into
the movie at that point.
With Chellame and now this, Bharath seems to be getting some
plum projects. He fits the role perfectly here, be it his
body language as the mechanic or his softness with Sandhya.
His helplessness after he arrives in the city is touching
while his sincere attempt to make Sandhya happy shines
through. Sandhya has a very expressive face and puts it to
good use when pursuing Bharath. It is a terrific performance
that brings before our eyes a hotheaded girl who gets what
she wants without thinking too much about the consequences.
She joins the short list of actresses(so far, I can think of
only Sneha) who acts without seeming to act though she
negates a lot of it by overacting(even if for just a minute
or so) during the climax. She takes most of the blame for
the climax seeming cinematic. Sukumar comes through in both
the heavy and light portions. The actors playing Sandhya's
father and uncle get a lot of the credit for adding realism
to the proceedings. Debutante Joshua Andrews delivers a
great soundtrack. Unakkena... is soulful and melodious while
Kirukiruvena... sounds fresh because of the way a single
word is repeated. The fast-paced Thottu Thottu... and Poovum
Pudikkuthu... are both catchy.
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