Actress Kamalinee Mukherjee, last seen in a fleeting yet well-received role in Kamal Haasan-starrer 2006 thriller Vettaiyaadu Villayadu, says she is kicked about making a comeback with the upcoming film Iraivi. “Even though I played a fleeting role in ‘Vettaiyaadu Villayadu’, it was received warmly and thus, I was eagerly waiting to make a comeback to the industry. But every role that came my way since then didn’t excite me as much I had hoped for,” Kamalinee told.
It seems like the long wait paid off with Karthik Subbaraj-directed Iraivi, which she describes as the perfect comeback venture. “When I heard the story from Karthik, I knew I wanted to be part of this project. The clarity and honesty with which he spoke to me, really impressed me. The last time I heard a story with such conviction was when director Krish narrated ‘Gamyam’ to me,” she said. Iraivi in Tamil means Goddess. Does the title refer to the powerful women in the film, going by the posters? “Most people think this is a woman-centric film. It’s a film where both men and women play very powerful characters and they’re given equal importance,” she said, adding that she plays a very “refreshing” and “challenging” role. Paired opposite actor-filmmaker SJ Suryah, Kamalinee had a blast working with him.