The actress was excited when she came to know that she was paired opposite National Award winning actor Appu Kutty.
“I have done few ads in Malayalam and a small character role in a film called Three Kings. Mannaru’s director Jaishankar chanced upon seeing me in an ad, and I cast me in this coveted role,” says the chirpy girl.
Sources say that the actress will play a de-glam village belle with tan makeup in Mannaru, which also has another heroine Swathy in the lead. “I knew about it when I heard the script.
I am cast opposite Appu Kutty and I found my role both challenging and meaty. I was convinced that the presence of another heroine hardly mattered,” says Vaishali.
The director ensured that the whole team was given a four weeks workshop before the shooting began. “My director would enact everyone’s part in a scene and we have to just ape him. That made my job easy.”
Despite being a Malayali, Vaishali has dubbed in her own voice in Tamil and is vying for an award. “If awards come, I am happy.
But basically, it elevates a character if you speak in your own voice,” she laughs. About her costar Appu she says, “He is someone who is very down to earth. He was very helpful and gave me valuable tips in acting”.
She says that her role model is ace actress Revathy and wants to earn a name of an actress with substance.