Amala Paul began her acting career at the age of 17. She has since proven her worth in Tamil and Malayalam films. As she prepares for the release of her Telugu web series “Kudi Yedamaithe” after nearly 12 years in the industry, she reflects on her journey and believes it is past time she separated her personal and professional lives.
“What I am is what I am. I started in the industry when I was 17 years old, and everything I’ve been through personally has reflected in my work, and vice versa. I can’t separate one from the other, or perhaps I didn’t know how to do so. That is something I can say about myself until 2019 “IANS is told by her.
Amala goes on: “However, 2020 has been an extremely enlightening year for me. It was a very introspective period for me when I was going through my father’s death in a very conscious way. I became aware that I was completely naked. I felt like a blank page. I came to the realisation that I don’t have anything to call my own, that my private life is public knowledge. I felt as if my life had been misinterpreted beyond my control.”
Amala, who was previously married to director AL Vijay, has spent over a decade in the film industry and has learned how to deal with the constant interest people have in her personal life.
“When I look back, I feel bad about it, but I also have the wisdom to understand that I have no control over these things, and when I don’t have control over these things, I can just move on in life gracefully. I also understand that this is a necessary part of my job and that I have a social responsibility. It’s not just me, but that’s how some things are “she claims.
“I realised I had a choice I was previously unaware of. Now I’m working on separating my personal and professional lives. That is the art I am learning, and I am very interested in it. I never felt it before, and I was always open about what was going on in my life. Now I realise that it could have been the spirit in which I was sharing it, or that my intention was not received as it was “She continues.
“Everyone is at a different point in their lives, and I was hoping they could understand how I was feeling. I’ve reached a point in my life where I’m content not to share as much “says the actress, who has also filmed for a Hindi web series that is yet to be released.
Amala will be seen in the Telugu series “Kudi Yedamaithe,” where she will play a cop named Durga.
The actress claims she has played the character effortlessly, as opposed to being harsh on herself in the past.
“For me, the most intriguing aspect of this project is that I have a tendency to overprepare. I’ve been experimenting with my roles far too much, which has been draining. So, with this character, I’ve been thinking about how I can make him appear effortless “she says.
“During last year’s lockdown, there was a lot of introspection. I just wanted to follow the artiste in me instinctively. Durga was someone I knew, and we had a lot of script reading sessions. I was aware of her job and financial situation. I had a feeling I’d run into her. I just wanted to meet the character organically without creating it in my head, and it turned out to be beautiful “The actress discusses her role in the Aha original series.