It’s not often that a technician manages to get the coveted national award in his/her very first film. When it happens, the concerned individual doesn’t find words to express the mind’s happiness. This is what has exactly happened in costume designer Poornima Ramaswamy’s case.
Poornima Ramaswamy, who worked as costume designer in Bala’s Paradesi which hit the screens last week, has won the national award for ‘best costume designing’ for her work in the film. The 32-year old Poornima, a native of Chennai, made her debut as a technician in Bala’s Paradesi and is mighty happy that her very first effort has earned her a priceless award.
The film, set in a period backdrop, didn’t require any flashy costume for the cast as the script centered round the torrid lives of the plantation workers who lived in the British era. Commenting on the award, Poornima says “I’m speechless to find my name figuring in the list of awardees at the national awards. In fact, I’m yet to recover from the shock and the happiness. I never expected the award and consider it as the greatest honour.
“I had to indulge in lot of research to find out how the plantation workers looked and dressed in those days. Only after I carried out enough research, I took up the assignment of designing the costumes. I spent quite a lot of time in the library for this; I’m happy that all the hard-work has now paid rich dividends!” concludes Poornima.