“I Am a Slum Dweller” – Urmila Mahanta
Balaji Shakthivel has written and is directing the project ‘Valakku Enn 18/9’. It is produced by N.Subash Chandrabose and Ronnie Screwvala under the banner Thirupathi Brothers and UTV Motion Pictures.
‘Valakku Enn 18/9’ features Mithun Murali, Sri, Urmila Mahanta, Manisha Yadav and many others. Many debutants make their entry in the film industry through this film. Urmila Mahanta is one of those debutants.
On speaking about her character, Urmila says, “I play the role of a slum-dweller in Chennai. I did not know even a thing about the life of slum-dwellers in Chennai. I reached Chennai just 2 days before the shooting. Balaji sir asked me to visit a real slum location to observe the people there and grasp their body language and other things required for my character. I think, I have met the expectations of Balaji sir and the audiences”.
Urmila also added on few things about her debut and said, “Balaji Shakthivel participated in the Goa International Film Festival, 2008 for the screening of his film ‘Kalloori’. I met him for the first time there and proposed my desire to act in films. He accepted my request and said about this film. Later, there was a lengthy audition for this role and finally, I was fixed in this film”.