Gheetha gets in on the act

Product of Malaysia: Gheetha receiving her award for Best Overseas Artist at the Edison Awards in Chennai recently.

Product of Malaysia: Gheetha receiving her award for Best Overseas Artist at the Edison Awards in Chennai recently.

A HALF-hearted decision to become an actress proved to be a wise choice for local artist Gheetha Ammasee.

The lass famed for her voice as a radio jockey on THR Raaga, recently bagged the Edison Awards in India for Best Overseas Artist for her role in the Malaysian movie, Maindhan.

The Edison Awards, held annually in Chennai, recognises talents in the Tamil film industry.

Still fresh from her win, Gheetha said the award came as a recognition for a job she was rather hesitant to take on at first.

“Although I have been in the Indian film industry for a while now as a producer, I was never really enticed to act. I did not have the passion for it,” she said.

In fact, she initially declined the offer to play the female lead in Maindhan and even dodged director C. Kumaresan for a week before he managed to convince her.

Maindhan tells the story of Dev (played by Kumaresan), a drifter who struggles with depression and whose life changes when he meets a boy escaping human traffickers. In the movie, Gheetha plays the character of Gayathri, a bubbly woman who Dev runs into while attempting to flee the chaos.

“I was sceptical about it even after the preview because most of the guests were people I knew.

“They were all praises but I could not rest easy because people we know generally have kind words to say,”she added.

Not until the public started to give positive feedback about the movie and her role did she heave a sigh of relief.

In fact, Gheetha’s success in Maindhan gave her the confidence to act opposite Indian actor Vimal for the movie Kaaval, which is yet to be released.

Gheetha was first offered the role by director Nagendran R, who had approached her to produce the movie.

She decided to take up the offer.

“It was so much harder in Malaysia. I did all the stunts myself and even got bruised and injured in the process. I cherished the experience acting in Maindhan but I also enjoyed the pampering I received in India,” she said with a laugh.

Despite her success as a producer of six Indian movies, Gheetha believes she has a lot to learn and achieve.

“Everything I have today is because of the one chance I got when I first started out,” she said reminiscing about her entry into the entertainment world.

Her first break came in 2001 when she auditioned for the entertainment programme Rhythm and Raaga on ntv7.

Gheetha clinched the spot as a host on the show and has not looked back since.

Asked if she had hopes of winning more awards for her future roles, Gheetha said, “Expectations create disappointment. I believe in doing my best and maintaining a good name. So I will continue doing what I do with fervour and conviction,” she said.