Master was like a college project : Malavika Mohanan

While most of us complain about getting bored at home in the lockdown, Malavika Mohanan admits she doesn’t even realise days passing by. “That’s because I shamelessly wake up at 12.30 or 1 pm,” she says sheepishly, “Once lunch is done, I take over the kitchen to do the dishes. I then spend my time watching shows and playing ludo and other games with friends online. I then help my mom make dinner. I’m her apprentice in the kitchen, and I help her by chopping vegetables and passing stuff like molagu podi to her. I then clean the kitchen and after that, it’s movie time! I try to catch up on good foreign films that have made it to festivals.”
Malavika has also been reading a lot. “With hectic work schedules, it’s easy to fill up your free time with social media. But I am using this time to discover authors and titles. I love second-hand bookstores and romanticize books a lot. I was in San Francisco last year and I think no other place in the world has such well-curated bookstores like the ones I found there,” she states, and adds, “I also learnt to solve a Rubik’s Cube under two minutes!”

On the work front, Malavika’s Master, directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj and starring Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi, is ready for release. Ask her if she has any great memories from the sets of the film and she says, “Master was like a picnic, a college group project that we all had fun doing. The whole team is young and full of energy. We would have loads of fun, but at the same time, were very passionate about what we were doing. Everyone is so good at what they do. We shot outdoors in Delhi and nobody had to go home after the shoot. So we would all sit together and just talk. So, for me, the Delhi portion was a highlight.”

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