Interview with Meena

You are always seen engrossed in a book. Is it a way of avoiding others?

Why do you look for hidden meanings even in simple matters? I am a bookworm and keep reading novels or anything that I can lay my hands on. Why should I avoid talking to people?

Maybe you fear they might declare their love to you and propose marriage.

It’s not that way. In fact, I keep getting love letters and phone calls. One admirer has even opened a website in my name, but no one has come to me directly and said ‘I love you’.

Who should your future hubby be – a businessman or a film guy?

When did you start this marriage bureau ? ( laughs) I don’t mind what he does but he should be good human being.

Why have you started appearing in dance numbers in films?

I did a dance number in Anuboodan since Vijaykumar uncle and Manjula aunty, who are very close to me, requested me. I did not do it for money as you had reported.

Why are you doing a serious guest role in Thenali when it has Jothika and Devyani in it?

In fact, each time Ravikumar directs a film he asks me for the dates but many times I could not give it. Same was with Thenali. Then he requested me to appear in a guest role at least. So I agreed.

Heard you demanded full payment for restarting work on Vasanth’s Rhythm as they had used up your dates but not finished the work.

We artistes are in such a condition that we cannot put forth any demands. It’s a great thing if we get payments. I have a load of bounced cheques.

Why do you accept Malayalam films when they hardly pay half the remuneration you get in Tamil or Telugu ?

The reason is that some of the best films done in my career are in Malayalam. Dreamz is one film which will be a landmark in my career. It’s a negative character out to finish Suresh Gopi, Abbas and others. It’s a great challenge for me. I pray that it clicks at the box office.

What are the films you have liked most?

I have liked English films like Titanic and Forever Young and both are romantic movies.

So you are a romantic at heart?

(Giggles)

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