There must be something truly special about Malavika Mohanan, the young Malayali actress from Mumbai, who has bagged the female lead—no less—in Iranian master-creator Majid Majidi’s new film Beyond The Clouds. The film is currently being shot in Mumbai and the actress still seems to be in disbelief.
Malavika Mohanan, ActorIt was all so sudden. I didn’t have the time to get tense and anxious. I did an audition and then I left for a brief vacation abroad.When I came back I am told I am doing the film.
Malavika like all of us, is a big Majid Majidi fan.
Malavika MohananI’ve watched a lot of his work. I can’t even say I dreamt of working with him . He seemed far too distant. I wanted to do Bollywood films. But before that could happen, this has come my way. It’s like going to another level altogether. It all happened so suddenly. Luckily I wasn’t committed to do anything else. Sometimes, a clean slate is the best option.
The petite, pretty and confident actress knows what this means for her career. Shooting with the Iranian genius has been a steep learning curve for Malavika.
Malavika MohananIf Mr Majidi is shooting in Mumbai for the first time, so am I! I’ve lived all my life in Mumbai and yet I am getting to see parts of the city that I never knew.
There is a translator on location. But Malavika is increasingly getting to know that the spoken language is the least important component of cinema.
Malavika MohananThere is so much being said and expressed between the director and me without the need of words or a translator. I’ve shot only for about a week so far with Mr Majidi and I’ve learnt so much.
So, what are her thoughts on getting a role that Deepika Padukone coveted?
Malavika MohananThat would be a very arrogant thought. I don’t think of what came before me. I am just focusing on getting my character right. I know I’ll be watched all over the world. It’s a big responsibility.