Anna Ben: Now, our characters are fascinating and familiar
Reported By 17 Apr 2020
Since her debut with Kumbalangi Nights in early 2019, Anna Ben has been working non-stop, and the lockdown has come as an sudden break. "I got into the lockout routine of helping with the washing of the kitchen and the closet, kind of stuff," the young actress says.
Anna's Kappela, directed by Muhammed Musthafa, was getting a positive response from the audience as a precautionary measure to close down the theatres. "The call to close down theatres was the right one. The decision has helped us monitor the disease's spread. Within a week of the release of Kappela, we received very positive reviews from the crowd, so we can re-release it with confidence, even if not in the theatre, at least on streaming channels, "she said.
Anna was in the midst of Ranjan Pramod's 60-day film shoot in Kozhikode, when sets had to pack up too. She plays a young, orphan child, who lives on the street in the action film of Rakshadhiraki Baiju-director. "I had a mentor who took me through the paces of wrestling, parkour and exercise in general. It's an enthusiastic, exciting role for me, "she adds, adding that there are new faces in the rest of the cast except for Urvashi who plays a cameo.
She is also set to essay a very different role –portraying a 24-year-old-- in a romcom helmed by C/O Saira Bhanu director Antony Sony and co-starring Arjun Ashokan. “I am so glad and feel lucky to be getting such a range of characters from Babymol in Kumbalangi Nights, to Helen and Kappela. Every sort of character gets a space in our films now. It’s not just the typical hero and heroine. They are interesting, needed and identifiable. The credit goes to our writers, directors and producers who attempt this,” she says.