Julie of Jallikattu and Big Boss fame takes the avatar of ‘Amman’ in her debut Tamil devotional family drama titled Amman Thaayee.
The social activist turned actress speaks to DC as to how she was initially apprehensive to play the Hindu goddess role while she is a Christian and how she turned a vegetarian for the whole of three months of the shoot and about her preparations for the role.
“Though I am the lead female in the movie, there’s a transformation at a certain stage where I need to take Amman avatar. So, I was hesitant to accept the role of a Hindu deity when the makers approached me. Would I do justice to the role, I asked myself. But, the directors convinced me and took the look test. After I saw the pictures of me sporting ‘Amman’, I was convinced that I can pull it off,” says Julie.
Julie also prepared herself to learn the Hindu traditions and culture, the body language to be followed, etc. “Having accepted, I wanted to give my 100 percent. I even fasted during the days when I shot for Amman portions. I also learnt the ways people worship gods etc. It was a mind-blowing experience (smiles)”.
Julie’s cooperation for the climax song where the goddess annihilates the evil villain was enormous, claims the director duo of Maheshwaran and Chandrahasan. “It’s a ferocious dance and Julie took training from the master, rehearsed and then performed it.”
The movie has extensive CG work, and was shot in Vadakkampatti in Madurai and Bhairavakona, a holy place in Andhra. Anbu, a VJ, debuts as the hero and Charan plays the villain.