Varsha Bollamma is no stranger to Malayalis. Even though she has acted in only one movie, the spunky actress has already been celebrated on Facebook and Instagram.
Remember her Dubsmash? Varsha became the talk of the town after she uploaded a Dubsmash video in which she was seen impersonating actress Nazriya’s dialogue from Raja Rani. Interestingly, she is also a dead ringer for Nazriya. After the video viral, many started to think she is her twin. In a fortnight’s time, the video was seen by almost by 1.5 lakhs people.
She says, “I have become so popular that people have started to recognise me wherever I go.” She made her acting debut with the 2015 Tamil film Sathuran. She was also a part of Tamil films like Ivan Yaarendru Therigiradhaa and Yaanum Theeyavan. In Malayalam, she made her debut through the recently released Kalyanam.
“Acting in a Malayalam movie was totally a different experience. Here everything is different, even the acting style. Neither the director nor viewers expect overacting. Everything needs to be real. That is the beauty of Malayalam movies. You won’t see any over-the-top expressions or unwanted dialogues here. So I was very relaxed and could do it without any pressure.”
The movie Kalyanam also saw the debut of another star son. Shravan, son of versatile Malayalam actor Mukesh. “Acting with Shravan was really good.
Though this was his first movie, he never showed any discomfort. We could create a good chemistry and I was very comfortable. The whole crew gelled well together. It was fun and Asha Aravind who acted as my mother really helped me with the Malayalam translation and taught me some words.”
In her upcoming film Mandaram, she acts opposite Asif Ali. “It is a romcom and I play a fashion designer,” she says. The movie tells the story that spans 25-plus years — from the protagonist’s childhood to his life at 32, which will be directed by debutant Vijesh Vijay.
When asked about her taste for Malayalam movies, she said she is a big fan of actress Revathi. One of her favourite movies is Kilukkam. Opportunities are pouring in for her from Tamil and Malayalam movies and she is hopeful of doing more challenging roles in the future.