EXCLUSIVE| Vishwaroopam 2 actor Andrea Jeremiah reveals the only problem she has working with Kamal Haasan

In an exclusive interaction with ZoomTV.com, Vishwaroopam 2 actor Andrea Jeremiah opens up about working with Kamal Haasan, the lack of female superstars and gender pay gap in the Tamil film industry.

Andrea Jeremiah and Kamal Haasan

Andrea Jeremiah and Kamal Haasan |Photo Credit:&nbspInstagram

Having worked with Kamal Haasan in three films so far – Vishwaroopam, Uttama Villain and Vishwaroopam II, Andrea Jeremiah has quite an interesting revelation about the pan-India superstar, with whom she will share screen space in the upcoming second installment of the Vishwaroopam franchise. 

“The problem with working with Kamal sir is when you go to another film set and you are expecting the same level of professionalism, the same level of pre-production and planning and you don’t get it, so you are constantly disappointed. So in that sense, he kind of spoils you,” she says in an exclusive interaction with ZoomTV.com. 

She adds, “He sets the bar so high that you end up having those expectations everywhere you go but not every film set lives up to that. He is one person I’d love to work with over and over again because he always brings something new to the table.”

All praise for Haasan, Andrea adds, “He is always constantly reinventing himself and he never underutilises his actors which is really great. Even if an actor has just one scene in his film, that one scene will have something really solid for them.”

On being asked about the existing gender pay parity in the film industry, the actor, who will reprise her role from Vishwaroopam along with the likes of Rahul Bose, Shekhar Kapur and Pooja Kumar, says the gap is a reflection of who the superstars are in any country. 

“The gender pay disparity is a direct reflection of who the superstars are in this country. So until and unless we give birth to a generation of female superstars, the pay disparity will continue to exist.” She explains, “The truth is that there are very few female superstars in the country because people still tend to idolise men and well, you can ask who came first – chicken or egg – why do people idolise men? Because they have watched them onscreen performing heroic feats and how can a woman compete with 30 years of a man being a hero onscreen and she being a helpless little puppet?”

Andrea adds, “We need those kinds of roles to come in and then we can give birth to an entire generation of female superstars because the audience needs to see women being the hero of her films only then will she be a superstar in her life.”

“And I think it’s happening for sure, there are a few already and I hope there will be many many more. These days there are so many films making so much of money and the star of those films is a woman, not a man and that’s a great news.” 

On being asked if the women depiction in Indian cinema has changed over the years, Andrea says that art imitates life and the world is currently experiencing the sea change of female empowerment. “I am so happy I get to be a part of this revolution – to see a script where the protagonist is a woman, it makes me feel so proud. Never mind if it’s coming to me, it will go to any female actor but the fact that people are writing those kinds of women where we are not just arm candies onscreen and we are not just playing someone’s love interest, that is a really important change and I think it’s about time it happened.”

Post the release of Vishwaroopam II and Vishwaroop 2 in Hindi, Andrea will next be seen in Vada Chennai alongside Dhanush and Aishwarya Rajesh and another film titled Kaa in key roles. 

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