‘Can’t I fall ill?’

Samantha, who was recuperating after a sudden bout of ‘mystery illness’ for the last few months, is back in action. Taking time off between shooting and dubbing, she tells CT how much it means for her to be back in front of the camera.

So, back after a break?
(Laughs) Yes. I have been wanting to take off on a vacation after I finished shooting for all my films. But I never thought I would be taking bed rest instead of travelling! But that said, it feels wonderful to face the camera again. It has been a tough ride to reach the position where I am now, and I would never give it up for anything.

Were you nervous on the first day back?
I tried my best to stay calm and composed, but it’s difficult to face the camera after being at home for two months. And I’m grateful to my director and co-stars for bearing with me. They were very supportive and went out of their way to make me comfortable.

What exactly is this ‘mystery illness’ that you were suffering from?
I’m a very private person and don’t discuss my life on a public forum. But there was a lot of speculation about my health condition. I was appalled when I read about the possible medical complications that I could be suffering from in the media. But I was just taking medication for low immunity!

But there were reports that you had developed rashes and were suffering from a skin condition…

No. I had developed some sort of an infection and my system was resisting the medicine I was taking. So, it took me a while to get back on my feet. I just had to take complete bed rest and not strain myself. Am I not even allowed to fall ill?

But that cost you two big movies in Tamil – Mani Ratnam’s Kadal and Shankar’s ‘I’…
Yes, but I don’t dwell on the past. What has happened has happened, and I am someone who usually doesn’t sit and regret or brood. In the last two months, I have learnt a great deal, and have started looking at the finer things in life. I feel blessed to be working on the films that I am. Also, I have one of my films releasing every month from October. So, I am looking forward to them.

You are dubbing for Neethane En Ponvasantham…
It was Gautham Menon’s decision, and I’m grateful to him for trusting me with it! He had told me at the beginning that I have to dub my own lines, and I started preparing for it. I know Tamil well, and so, it has been quite easy so far.

Have you signed on any new film now?
No, not yet. I have to finish shooting for the films that I have committed to before. But I can’t wait to listen to scripts and sign on new ones.

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