“There’s an eagerness to get the ball rolling"
Malavika Mohanan is set to return to Bollywood after four years away.
The actress is primarily known for starring in Malayalam and Tamil films.
She made her Hindi film debut in 2017 with Beyond the Clouds, which also starred Ishaan Khatter. Her performance in the film was widely praised.
Now, four years later, Malavika is back in the Hindi film industry with Yudhra, “an out and out Bollywood film”.
On what kept her away from the industry for so long, Malavika explained:
“I’ve seen people who do films just to keep the momentum.
“There were so many films that came my way post Beyond the Clouds which any other newcomer would be excited to be a part of.
“As for me, unless I feel my intuition telling me to be a part of a project, I don’t feel driven enough to say a yes to something.”
In addition to Yudhra, Malavika revealed that she has signed to do another Bollywood film and is looking forward to “releasing Hindi films, back-to-back”.
Malavika Mohanan cemented herself as a bankable actress within the Tamil film industry, starring in the likes of Petta and Master.
Despite the success, the actress admits that she does not feel pressured to achieve a similar level of stardom in Bollywood.
Malavika continued: “There’s an eagerness to get the ball rolling and live some amazing characters. I’m more excited than nervous.
“I read somewhere that we always tend to think about the next step so much that we stop living in and enjoying the present.
“I’m having fun with all the success I’m experiencing in the Tamil film industry and the exciting things happening in Bollywood as well.”
Going forward, Malavika stated that she wants to carve out a career trajectory like Alia Bhatt in Bollywood.
“From Highway (2014) and Udta Punjab (2016) to Raazi (2018), she has played all kinds of roles.”
“It is not fun as an actor to be stuck in the same rut.
“I’m aware of the things that I cannot do, but I see myself fitting into different kind of roles.”
Her next film, Yudhra, is directed by Ravi Udyawar and will also feature Phone Bhoot actor Siddhant Chaturvedi.
Malavika had previously said that her and Siddhant’s characters are “the yin and yang of Yudhra.”
It is expected to be released sometime in 2022.