Arts festival stages have gifted many talented actors to Malayalam cinema. The latest name on that list is Anashwara Ponnambath, who is all exited about her debut movie Ormayil Oru Shishiram. A classical dancer and winner of the Nrithaprathibha title in the Kannur University Kalolsavam for five conseutive years, Anaswara was spotted by director Vivek Aryan.
Ormayil Oru Shishiram is a romantic movie. The location was BEMP HSS, Thalassery, where Anashwara completed her own schooling. “Actually, I didn’t have to act. I was even reminded of my first love which happened in the same school years back. The experience was mesmerising as it took me to those golden days which I hope the audience can also experience,” she says.
Anashwara worked hard for getting into the shape the character demanded. To play a teenage girl, she had to shed five kg. And for the climax shoot, she put on 10 kg. The physical transformation was challenging but her efforts paid off when her teachers commented, “You look exactly the same as that old student we taught”.
Anashwara says that Varsha, her character, was very much like her as there were a lot of elements which she could relate to. She adds that her views about the film industry changed after being a part of it. “All are very friendly, kind-hearted and easy-going persons. The most memorable moment on the sets was a three-day-long rain shoot which I enjoyed a lot even though I fell ill at the end.”
She feels blessed to have worked with Deepak and director Vivek Aryan in her debut movie. And she hopes for the best when it hits the screens. Her dream is to do a dance-oriented movie so that she can showcase her talent to the world. At the same time, she is a bit nervous about what the output of her performance will be and how the audience will respond. For Anashwara, mudras took her to abhinaya and she has no idea where abhinaya is going to take her. She, however, is all hopeful and waiting for surprises....