I miss being in films: Gautami

I am happy being a television host, talking to people. I am in love with this phase of life. I was fortunate to have played substantial roles at the time mainstream actors were at the top of their game. When I started doing films, I had to learn everything myself—be it expressions, techniques of acting, hairdo and makeup. (Smiles)
Very few senior female actors were involved in the #MeToo movement. It is fun and I have not had any thought about it beyond that. As for the language, I learned from a Tamil newspaper or a television news bulletin. That’s good. So far, celebrities have had nice things to say about the show. I notice that present-day filmmakers are more receptive to ideas. Second, I never asked anyone for a chance. After a few weeks, I fell into the groove. We help out cancer survivors across cities and lend a helping hand in every possible way. Excerpts from a conversation:
Rajinikanth-starrer Guru Shishyan (1988) was your debut film in Tamil. I was into costume designing, writing and so on. I shoot for my television shows and do a bit of grocery shopping now and then. Every day counts and I am living it to the fullest. Any opportunity that satisfies you is rewarding—mentally or emotionally. I don’t believe in dieting and I am a staunch believer of strictly scheduling my food. Third, I really got to work with some terrific filmmakers and actors. Advertising

My acting projects have been rather occasional, as I multi-task and have other responsibilities. Also, I wish actors of my age were given powerful roles. Also, I run Life Again Foundation. Good and bad exist everywhere. Things have changed now for better and today’s industry is free from the traditional mould of what’s expected of a heroine. First, I never had a compulsion to do films. Tell us about Anbudan Gautami. Advertising

I can’t speak for others, but Women in Cinema Collective, for example, is a wonderful initiative. Trust me, when I did Enga Ooru Kavalkaran, I was clueless about Tamil cinema, culture and the way it functions. I have become more self-aware and it adds to your personality. It has become more organised and everything is well-planned. If I have to leave my daughter and go to work, it has to be special in some way or the other. It is a great opportunity to be on the other side—interviewing people. At the same time, I was never away from the industry. I want to be part of films that make a difference; something that’s not run-of-the-mill and people can connect with. Do you miss being in films? Everyone’s creativity is taken into account. What I have learnt is only when things fall apart can we build ourselves again with a deeper and more enduring mature attitude. It is high time we had something similar here as well. But honestly speaking, I have not encountered such unpleasant things in my career. Initially, I didn’t know how to handle it. Life is about keeping your will alive throughout the lows of life and being strong. Popular Photos

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Having been in the industry for about three decades, what changes do you see now? How do you look at roles that are currently written for women? How do you relate to fitness? So far, my choices of films were more instinctive and I have done all kind of films. I take care of my pets and I read. I am pretty much willing to listen to scripts. Gautami took time out to speak to indianexpress.com on things close to her heart. Each role was an experience in itself. I see more teamwork now. I didn’t know how to wear a paavaadai-dhaavani, for instance. I don’t take my life for granted anymore. From a nobody to someone who views acting as an intellectual and psychological exercise, I have come a long way. I am conscious about making the platform given to me positive. More Explained

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It was never easy and that changed my outlook towards life. Absolutely. Television has a larger audience than films. I would not say ‘no’ if a good and honest film comes my way. Earlier, one man was in charge. From that year to 1997, you were quite busy acting. It is tough to say which role I have liked in the recent past but ‘different’ films are made nowadays and it would be great to know what’s out there for me,” she adds. Advertising

“Looking back, I am feeling content with zero regrets and that’s most important. I was a modern girl brought up in Bangalore, wearing denim and T-shirts. My choice of films will be based on what appeals to me in a role. I believe one should eat everything but in small quantity. A lot of subjects that weren’t handled earlier are being taken up, too. There were movie offers in between, but nothing enthused me. I just put myself in the background and let my guest’s personality come out. But I don’t want to do films for the sake of it. You faced cancer at 35 and I am sure it has been a long road to recovery. But I am largely no gluten, no lactose person though I have a weakness for sweets. With better reach comes more responsibility. 0
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