“Sex Workers Area Is Must For Chennai” – Open Talk Interview With Sandra – Thalayanai Pookal KalpanaOn November 11, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Red colour is usually attributed to red light area But because of them at least 1% of the problems in the society is non existent If there is a red light area in Chennai, i Tamilnadu These problems will be reduced [Music plays] If you say that this is good thing that you have told but we are not sure what to do, People go to such people in the nights If there is a place especially for them, they can go to a place like that Kids will be safe, ladies will be safe This is what we are trying to say [Music plays] Hi mam! Greetings! How are you? Superb! What would you like to say about the movie “Sigappu enakku Pidikkum” I would like to ask you the first question, when you hear Sigappu enakku pidikkum (I like red), what do you think? A lot of things come to my mind, but I am not sure if they are appropriate so I will let you answer Because our old director has said that red is the colour of poverty We have completely changed it Why I like red is because, red is usually associated with the red light area for everyone Or it is the colour of communism But we have potrayed red as the colour of pain Our caption says stop child abuse There are a lot of things happening in a lot of places Have you ever though that we should do something about this? Basically since I have grown up as a good boy, I have no idea mam So it never occured in your mind? So, Delhi rape happened. Did you feel like you have to do something about it? But you would have felt like you are all alone and you cannot do anything about it. So you are a good hearted person, Am I right? The same goes with me Even I have felt for a lot of times that I should do something to oppose or protest against this We have blamed the people who have raped So they have a bad heart They are so evil But the people with good heart like us, what do we do? we see all this, shut our mouth and do our job. So, this is our content. We are protesting against this Usually the big thing is that who ties the bell around the cat’s neck We have tied the bell now So if the red light are come in Chennai, in Tamilnadu Things like this will be reduced This is what we are trying to say But we have told it in a way where there is no glamour in a subject which has glamour We all know that I am a family girl, I am married My husband is also an actor This is a movie I am doing after my marriage This is my first movie If I am selecting a subject like this and if I am doing it, it must be according to our culture As a girl, if I am doing it boldly It is a message to the soceity You are a married woman, and how did your husband allow you to do this role? Both of us listened to the story together First he told that, do not think, do not have a second thought Because I need permission from him He said, as an actress this is the best film for you That’s how it should be, as far as I know this is my best film Even if I do a lot of movies in the future, I will not get a role like this I felt like first is the best He gave a motivation that you should do this, there won’t be any problem in the soceity Anyone who sees the movie will not blame you They won’t ask why you did this movie There will be people who cry. This happened to me in the theatre yesterday Many people thought this is going to be an explicit movie and they decided to enjoy this In the beginning they started commenting In the interval they came to me and said that I have conveyed a good message But they said they do not know what to do, even we think about this At the end of the movie they said, it is such a good thing We really cried. There is so many things about this. This is how they talked to me We are trying to connect the audience to this When this happen, their mindset when they go out of the movie hall will be different So we felt like even we are capable of doing something We can save a lot of children Why do people abuse children? Because they will not tell anyone So whatever they have in mind, they can do it to a child in a way of abusing Children will not tell anyone, they will not protest they will not depend on them So if there are sex workers, But because of them at least 1% of the problems in the society is non existent People who want this go to them in the night If there is a place meant for them, they can go to that place Kids will be safe, ladies will be safe So this is what we are saying You are a serial artist, you have boldly chosen this character How did you take this character? The big directors I know, it has been two years to shoot this movie I did a lot of auditions. Auditions, obviously, I do them. Without saying that I am a serial artist, I just do them Everytime I go to a place, they ask what movie I have done, I say I have done a movie called sigappu enakku pidikum So they go like, Oh that movie! So you have acted as a sex worker! And I say, Yeah yeah sir. They say then it is okay, are you okay with doing glamorous roles? This was the first question the asked That is the thought they have, they have decided. Sex worker means, glamour only. we have broken that It is not the usual sex workers movie you watch They are homely, they dress decently Nowhere they are like how they show in movies like wearing a low hip saree Or showing their body parts Or having beetle leaves in their mouth Or wearing a lot of flowers. No, it is not all that. They will be in the bus stops we stand in They will be in the railway station They are ashamed of this, Sangeetha mam did a role like this Yeah they have told all this and we have broken all these images No it is totally not like that. Their communication is with the people who take them to places So if we see the girl in a place outside we will not know that they are a prostitute We have taken the story in that way A lot of people told me that how I can do a movie like this But I was very confident If the movie is released all the people who tell me all this will praise me That happened actually Do you like being a serial artist or a cinema heroine? I like being an actress I am not specific about the role If it has a scope for acting, be it on television or the big screen, they are all cameras Everything is acting All we do is acting But one thing I keep in mind is that I do not want to become a type cast I do not want to do the roles that make the audience arrogant We can entertain them Movies like that or the movies that spread messages like this Bold characters Different characters. I want to do like them. i don’t have any barriers i am not specific about anything You have said in a lot of interviews that a lot of actors listened to this story and did not accept it But you have accepted it. What impressed you so much about the movie? My thought was different, may be because I came from Malayalam industry Unique characters give us a passion There are some characters, like I want to do a mentally retarded character I saw a Korean movie where the heroine has acted in a really different way So I want to a character like that I want to act as a dumb person All these are different characters We get all this only once in a lifetime In industry, maybe because I did this character When the movie was released and posters came out, Everyone called me for only roles like this If it is a prostitute role, they were like call Sandra I got a lot of calls and I was thinking why are they calling me Because they said you were the one who did this movie So what I am worried is that If I do one thing, they make us do the same continuously They don’t let you go to a next level That is why I said I don’t have any barriers I will do any kind of roles They ask if I can do glamorous role. Why should I do glamour? I can do it but it shouldn’t be vulgar So I am comfortable with doing whatever characters that are comfortable to me. I don’t have a problem People feel that it is an explicit movie whe they look at the first look or the trailer or the teaser. What would you like to tell to people who think so? I am not saying anything Even yesterday when I was watching the movie, in the first 10 minutes people started going out of the theatre I felt bad Watch the next 10 movies, you cannot go out after that You will sit to see what is the climax We cannot ask them to see or not to see It is their choice. they come in and they should mentally fix themselves and see it. We cannot do anything. What I am saying is, there is no glamour, Family audience can come in There is no explicit content or a dialogue or a scene We have targeted the family audience This is something a family should know Students should know this. You should think why such things happen in the society. We have done a movie for you But you are disgusted by it You watch it on internet, you talk about it, everything happens We see random things on internet But we bring all this together as a movie and you are disgusted by us You say Oh my God! it is that movie. In this movie, first thing is that Sandra is a married girl An actor’s wife Would I do a subject like that? I am a TV celebrity and people know me I have boldly done this character next thing is JSK film corporation, Winner of three national awards After doing a film like Paradesi, will he produce a movie that will disgust people? The director directed Madurai Sambavam That movie has really good content and it is a female oriented movie a good movie starring Anuya If a director of a movie like that takes a film, will he have explicit content in them? Audience dont think all this Cinema people can think So they see only the title and not all this and judge So we changed the entire content and started stressing the message, stop child abuse These many days we kept the content hidden We thought people should know this after coming to the theatre Now that we dont have any other option and we should make people understand, we opened up Though there are a lot of entertaining movies, why should people go watch this movie? This is a good movie. You come for entertainment, You should think when you laugh about something It’s not like there is no entertainment in this movie. It is not a movie that is focussed on awards. This has all commercial aspects. You will laugh if you come, there are songs, there is good content, there is a heroine, There are a lot of characters interviewer>>there is a beautiful heroine I won’t say, let them say So there are so many good aspects. When you can watch a commercial movie, why shouldnt you watch a movie that makes you think? We know very well that we have less audience If we want ore audience it will happen only because of mouth talk It wont happen if we stick posters or release trailers or if I call everyone to come and watch the movie I know everything So people who come and watch. If you see the movie you will tell it to few other people. that it is a good movie and that they should watch So that is how we will be able to pull audience People who watched the movie will not worry that they have wasted two hours They will cry and come out So there are things like that. If you want to watch a good movie, bengali movies malayalam movies are good movies, praised by our industry When we do a good movie why won’t you appreciate us? Yeah mam, in our state, they leave all the things from our state and praise everything else Obviously, so we expect something good to happen This movie should become a superhit and even if a lot of people don’t accept this movie a lot of heroines should see this movie and feel that they have missed the role Obviously that can happen And we wish from our team that you should also become a big heroine Thank you so much! Thank you!