Posters of actor Harripriya's latest film, 'Kanaka' are splashed across the city and the first thing that draws your attention is her deglamourised avatar. She is paired opposite 'Duniya' Vijay in film and the actor says she is enjoyed every moment of working on the film because of her strong role.
Shooting in the rural ambience helped her get under the skin of the character. The actor accepted the offer because she has a prominent part in it and her role is decisive in taking the story forward.
In an interview with Nina C George, Harripriya, talks about her role and the making of 'Kanaka'.
What's your role in 'Kanaka'?
I go by the name of Sampige in the film. And she is a village girl. Everything, right from my body language, costume and expression, have undergone a huge makeover. It is not always that I get to play a character that is so simple yet complicated.
Could you easily relate to your role?
Sampige is a perfect match to Kanaka (portrayed by Vijay). The two are childhood sweethearts and their love grows stronger as they grow older. The emotions of love at different stages of their life has been effectively portrayed. Sampige is the most important person in Kanaka's life and she plays an important part in every move he makes.
How important is your character?
I must reiterate that I don't appear throughout the movie, but I appear in the important portions. I have limited screen space but the scenes that I appear in are important. This is another factor made me accept the offer.
What was the most challenging part?
Getting the expressions right and making sure that the emotions for every scene weren't out of place was indeed quite challenging. There were scenes where the emotions of love, sadness and joy had to be depicted in a particular way.
How was it working with director R Chandru?
Chandru has a good understanding of the life in a village and that knowledge comes from having lived and grown up in the countryside. I understood how passionate he is about the script at the narration stage itself. He has taken care of the smallest of details in the film.
Is this your first film with 'Duniya' Vijay?
Yes this is the first time that I have worked with Vijay. Our roles complement each other perfectly well and our strong chemistry is what people will get to see. The strong script and impressive narration has strengthened our performance.
How are Dr Rajkumar's films connected to 'Kanaka'?
Kanaka is a huge fan of Dr Rajkumar and his films. He draws inspiration from his films and there's a parallel drawn to Dr Rajkumar's films at every step in Kanaka's life.