Shruti Sawant, better known by her stage name Iniya, is an Indian film actress who predominantly appears in Tamil and Malayalam films.
Ineya had presented a brilliant performance in her Mammootty-starrer Puthan Panam, which came out last year.
Mollywood will see the actress again in a film with the megastar in the lead, Parole, by newbie director Sarath Sandith. Ineya plays wife to Mammootty’s character in the movie.
Ineya says, “I play a Kottayam achayathi named Annie in the film and she and Mammukka’s character are a couple. She belongs to a family that migrated from Thrissur to Pala – Thodupuzha regions. An extremely naadan character, she mostly wears the typical skirt and blouse before marriage and saris, afterwards. The look is also very simple. Most of the shoot is over and my portions were shot in Thodupuzha. Only the songs are left, which will be done in the first week of December.”
While Ineya didn’t have any combination scenes with Mammootty in Puthan Panam by Ranjith, she had many in Parole, and was thrilled. “I was too excited in the first few days, I guess,” she says. “But things started falling into place soon, thanks to his guidance and tips. He was very supportive and while we were doing a lengthy, emotional scene, Mammukka asked the cameraman to take a close up shot of mine. It was a sequence in which our characters were having an argument. He even took the mike from Sarath and directed the scene himself. Everyone on the set said he would do something like that only when a performance moved him. I felt really honoured.”
Iniya acted in several Malayalam television series, short films and telefilms as a child artist. While studying in class four, she acted in the telefilm Koottilekku, which was followed by appearances in tele-serials Orma and Sree Guruvayoorappan by Vayalar Madhavan Kutty. Iniya won the Miss Trivandrum title in 2005, following which she did modeling and appeared in several television advertisements as well as a number of Malayalam award-winning art films, including Saira (2006), directed Dr. Biju, Dalamarmarangal (2009) and Umma (2011), both directed by Vijayakrishnan. She also played a pivotal role in Rajesh Touchriver’s short feature
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