On my pinboard - Sumalatha Ambareesh

On my pinboard - Sumalatha Ambareesh

On my pinboard - Sumalatha Ambareesh

Sumalatha Ambareesh began her career in  films at 15. She has acted in all South Indian languages but is best known for her work in the Telugu film ‘Shrutilayalu’. She made her entry into Kannada with ‘New Delhi’, where she starred opposite Ambareesh.

Her notable films in other languages include ‘Murattu Kaalai’ with Rajinikanth in Tamil and Hindi film ‘Swarg Yahan Narak Yahan’ with Mithun Chakraborty.

Closer home, she recently completed the project ‘Doddmane Hudga’ and is also working on a few other Kannada projects.

Music - The Beatles

“I have too many favourite musicians to list. I listen to music all the time, even when I am on the move. It transports me to a different world altogether. I have lost count of the number of times I’ve listened to ‘Love Me Do’ by The Beatles. They are one band whose music will never fade. I’ve also grown up listening to Ilayaraja and enjoyed listening to almost all the songs in Dr Rajkumar’s films. They are not only melodious but also have meaningful lyrics. It may sound a bit unrealistic but I have a music system in every room and there’s music playing all the time in my house.”

Author - Alex Haley

“I don’t get as much time to read now as I used to.  Earlier, I never went to bed without finishing a book. I must have read ‘Roots’ by Alex Haley, ‘The Thorn Birds’ and ‘Gone with the Wind’ several times. I like the crazy sense of humour in P G Wodehouse’s writings and given a chance, I can still sit down with one of his books and laugh at the jokes. Now I read whenever I am travelling or in between my film shoots. With Kindle, it has become easy to carry my favourite books around but there’s always a book in my bag.”

Inspiration - Ambareesh

“There are different people who have inspired and influenced me at different stages of my life. My mother Roopa Mohan and husband Ambareesh are two of my main inspirations. Ambareesh has inspired me in a way that he has transformed my life and changed my perspective towards a lot of things. I like the fact that he never judges people and I admire his generosity. I have known him for the longest time. In fact, we will be celebrating our silver wedding anniversary this year. As I grew up, my mother had a major bearing on my life. She is the strongest woman I have ever known and she raised her children all by herself after our father passed away.”

Travel - Interlaken, Switzerland

“I’ve visited almost all the places around the world but I am always ready to explore new ones. I’ve enjoyed my travel and stay in Interlaken in central Switzerland and would always find an excuse to go back there. I like spending time at historic landmarks and it makes me happy to get a feel of the old buildings that were built many years ago because they still stand tall and have stood the test of time. I hope to travel across our country and explore places here as well. Rajasthan is one of those places that I really want to visit sometime soon. Hampi is also on the list. Any place with an interesting history has always held my interest.”

Cuisine - Pasta

“I am not a fussy eater. I am not particular about what I want to eat but I enjoy the many variations of pasta. I used to experiment with making pasta when my son was younger but now, I don’t cook as much as I used to. I have a sweet tooth and am always on the lookout for desserts. I also particularly relish dishes made using gongura leaves. Growing up, I remember digging into typical Andhra style dishes.”

Cinema - Amitabh Bachchan

“I’ve acted in films of almost all languages. Two people whose works I admire are Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Haasan. I’ve worked with both of them but my experience of working with Amitabh Bachchan in the Malayalam movie ‘Kandahar’ was indeed special. I played his wife in the movie and I still remember that I was really nervous to sit down face to face with him and make a conversation. He has inspired many a generation and continues to do so. It wouldn’t be wrong to call him the ‘ultimate star’.”

(As told to Nina C George)