It’s not uncommon for actresses to be tailed and accompanied by their mothers during their shooting schedules. Be it an indoor shoot or an outdoor shoot, mothers tend to keep a close watch on their actress-daughters for more reasons than one: first, as a means of protecting them and secondly, they apparently want to ensure that no ‘untoward intrusions’ (read: romantic affairs) take place.
Karthika, the lanky daughter of Radha, one of the most successful heroines in the eighties, is very different. Karthika doesn’t want her mother to be around anywhere on the sets whenever she is shooting. Reasons? She feels so ‘awkward’ to act in front of her mother, especially in romantic sequences.
Karthika debuted as heroine in Kollywood opposite Jeeva in KV Anand’s successful Ko and hasn’t had a release for more than two years. She has Deal,opposite Arun Vijay which is in the making and has completed the shoot of Bharathiraja’s Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum which is likely to release in theatres in a few weeks’ time.
Radha stayed away from the sets of Ko and Annakodiyum Kodiveeranum as she knew her daughter’s mind-set. “My mother knows about films and she knows about the difficulties of an actress and that’s why she doesn’t accompany me to the shoots. If I feel my mother is watching me, I can’t emote and act naturally; especially, it would be more difficult when it comes to starring in romantic sequences in front of her.
“Thankfully, my mother is aware of this and doesn’t come to the sets to watch me perform which makes my job easier,” says Karthika.