Gayathrie Shankar turns director, wins honour

Actress Gayathrie Shankar, who was part of notable films such as Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom and Super Deluxe, has directed a short film which has bagged honour in a contest.

She said, “There’s a little filmmaking competition that happens every year called @indiafilmproject. Basically you get 50 hours to write a script (based on the theme given), direct, edit and submit the final product at the end of 50 hours.

“Road to Thumba” had many challenges. From starting a day late to losing a location thanks to covid. Practically we shot it on the day of submission. We had no hopes of even submitting in time, but we managed. Scraped through. 😅

“And that was enough. The whole process was so exhilarating!! 😁 With this amazing team that trusted me and worked under so much pressure! 😁 The link to this short film is in my bio. It’s my humble attempt at directing a film. Paathu sollunga 😊❤️
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The movie won ‘Gold’ in the mobile category. 😊”

She debuted in 2012 with 18 Vayasu, and is best known for her role in Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom. She has since featured in various movies like Ponmaalai Pozhudhu, Rummy, Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren, Puriyatha Puthir, and Super Deluxe. Vella Raja saw her dabble in web series. She will be seen in Maamanithan in 2020.

The actress’s first release was the psychological thriller 18 Vayasu, but was recognized for her work in Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom alongside Vijay Sethupathi. In 2013 she starred in two films, Ponmaalai Pozhudhu and Mathapoo. She was next seen in Rummy, a 1980s college love story, opposite Inigo Prabhakaran.