Ena Saha is happy to be back again in M-Town
She did not speak a word of Malayalam in her debut movie Neelakasham Pachakadal Chuvanna Bhoomi, but the baby-faced Ena Saha’s performance was noticed by industry wallahs. The Bengali actress has now wrapped up the shooting of her second Malayalam film — Roopesh Peethambaran’s You Too Brutus — and is quite happy to be back again in M-Town.
Ask Ena how the experience was and she raves, “Just crazy, lively and wonderful! I was the last character to join the set and my segments were in the last 16 days. Roopesh was a good friend of mine even before the film happened. My portions were shot in Thrissur and Lucknow.” Ena plays Diya, who has roots in Lucknow, but is born and brought up in Kerala.
The actress has picked up quite a bit of the language too and says “Korachu korachu Malayalam ariyaam ” (I know a bit of Malayalam), when asked what is Malayalam like. She adds, “I have learnt a lot more of the language than during my first film. I know vishakkunnu, kappalandi, padikkunnu and enikku ninne ishtamaanu.
Her love interest in the movie is Ahmed Sidhique with whom she used to fight a lot, she says. But Ena admits that she is bowled over by the looks of Malayali men! “I met Tovino and Asif Ali on the set. I should say Malayali men are really handsome! While in Kochi, I happened to come across many suave, tall, dark and handsome men and loved their company.” She can’t, however, handle the same ‘hotness’ when it comes to Kerala food. “It’s yummy, but too spicy,” feels Ena.
Fitness for the actress is something that extends beyond the physical aspects. “Just gymming is not enough, as mental health is equally important. So I do yoga as well. Being a foodie who can’t say no to chocolates or desserts, I don’t have a diet plan. I work out for at least one hour a day.”
Ena recently proved her musical prowess by singing in the Bengali film Britto. “Music is one of my interests and it was my first playback experience. I loved it! I have been learning dance too from the age of seven and am trained in bharatanatyam and kathak. I am currently learning contemporary, Bollywood and zumba. I recently enrolled for salsa too, as it adds grace to your movements.”
Ena, who wants to do more Malayalam films, adds, “I want to stay in Kerala and do more films. I am not keen on sticking to any genre, but would love it if the characters have to speak very little of Malayalam (laughs). But I want to improve it for sure.” Her next projects are a Bollywood film Chauranga in which she plays the lead, a Bengali movie titled Raja Khaini, and an untitled Telugu film.