Aathmika, who has resumed shooting for her films, says that returning to the film set was like finding a long-lost love. “It’s my happiest place, and being back on a set gave me goosebumps. I’m glad shoots have started for me. We were waiting to shoot, and our team returned to the set the day the government gave us permission to resume shoots,” says the actress.

The Meesaya Murukku girl is currently part of two films — Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Kannai Nambathe and an untitled political thriller starring Vijay Antony — and has resumed shooting for both the projects. “My film with Udhay sir is in the final stages. Everyone in the industry is resuming the shoots of projects that were already on floors rather than start new projects. And everyone is looking at a 2021 release for their films, so 2021 is my most anticipated year. All this hard work is towards that,” she states.

So, what has changed on the set? “The entire team is keen on finishing the remaining portions as fast as possible. No one is laid back on the sets these days. We are wrapping up shots faster. Everyone is apprehensive that there might be a second wave of the virus infection or another lockdown, and that shoots might come to a halt. Also, people were sitting at home for so long that they are only glad to be working again. In fact, the energy level on the set is higher than the usual because everyone is returning after a break,” says Aathmika.

Isn’t she worried about contracting the virus at work? Says the actress, “I’ve been shooting for three weeks now; I’m healthy. We have to take precautions and not take safety for granted. You also need to ensure that you are equipping yourself with a healthy diet. I take my immunity supplements, like multivitamin tablets. Fear is the first enemy, so I also go in mentally prepared.” On the safety protocols that film crews are practising, she says, “We constantly sanitise our hands and the set — once in every 15 minutes. And everyone other than the artistes, including the makeup persons, wears masks.”

“This doesn’t work if one person alone is following the rules and taking precautions; everyone should. I think there is nothing wrong in shooting, as long as everyone takes precautions,” concludes the actress.