The Nationwide Award successful actress speaks about her father A.B. Raj, who handed away on August 23.
Saranya Ponvannan was too younger to find out about movies when her father A.B. Raj was churning out hits after hits in Malayalam cinema. So she had loads of catching as much as do when she grew up and started working as an actress.
“I really like the form of movies he made – pure entertainers, with loads of comedy, feelings and motion,” Saranya tells The Hindu over telephone from Chennai, a few days after her father died on the age of 95. “I’m happy with his movies. As a toddler, I hadn’t identified that he was so broadly revered as a director in his time.”
It was solely when she began performing in Malayalam movies – she debuted with Artham in 1989 – that she realised the form of movies Raj had completed, within the 1960s and 70s.
“My fellow-actors instructed me they’d stood in lengthy queues to get a ticket for my father’s movies like Irumbazhikal,” she remembers. “Actors like Harmless, Jagathy Sreekumar and Maniyan Pillai Raju instructed me how they used to come back to our dwelling in Chennai to request him for work.”
Saranya, who has had an extended profession in cinema and is a Nationwide Award winner for one of the best actress, says she relied on her father’s judgment whereas selecting her roles. “He wasn’t very eager about my becoming a member of movies once I was supplied Mani Ratnam’s Nayakan and had instructed me that I must make sacrifices if I wished to pursue a profession in cinema,” she says. “However I wished to behave and he supported me. He was proud of the form of work I did.”
She is disillusioned that the current technology would not know a lot about him. “He deserved extra recognition,” she says. “However I do not assume he was bothered about it, although.”