Usha Uthup: I don’t want to play myself onscreen anymore

The singer, who was lately seen enjoying a pivotal half in Tamil movie Achcham Madam Naanam Payirppu, talks about her love for her performing and being a director’s actor

Singer Usha Uthup’s first brush with performing occurred with Bombay To Goa (1973). She additionally did a cameo in Rock On 2 (2016). And final month, she made her digital performing debut with the Tamil dramedy Achcham Madam Naanam Payirppu, the place she performed a pivotal half.

For Uthup, doing a movie is sufficient and whether or not it has a theatrical or digital launch doesn’t hassle her: “I was just happy that I got the offer. The idea was wonderful. I’m a grandmother in real life, too, and playing one who is her granddaughter’s confidante made me feel so good.”

And going ahead, she plans on essaying completely different characters on display. “I’ve played myself in films. Being Usha Uthup [on screen] is easy, but I don’t want to do that anymore. I’m happy being someone else. I don’t mind playing a small character as long as it adds meaning to the story,” she says.

In Uthup’s phrases, she’s a “director’s actor” and appears at each movie as “a learning experience”. The singer-actor elaborates, “I do what they (the directors) tell me to do. Whenever they asked me to improvise or play a character my way, I did that in 7 Khoon Maaf (Hindi film; 2011) and Potham Vava (Malayalam movie; 2006). I have been acting ever since my school days. Over the years, I have worked with actors like Mammootty, Kamal Haasan, Naseeruddin Shah, Amitabh Bachchan and Annu Kapoor, and all the experiences were marvellous.”

So, how does she plan on balancing performing and music? “It’s my audience and their love and support that keep me inspired. I have always maintained that if I get a job that involves entertaining people, I’ll happily do it,” ends the 74-year-old.

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