Raiza: Nepotism is not a problem in the film industry; non-performance is

Just like many of her colleagues, Raiza Wilson, too, was worried about work as she didn’t have a clue on how things would pan out for her during the lockdown. But little did she know that she would get lucky and shoot for Caarthick Raju’sThe Chase during this time. The actress plays one of the lead roles in the film. The team has not just wrapped up the shoot, but also released the first look, which has Raiza hanging upside down from a tree.

“It all happened too fast,” begins the actress. “I was honestly worried about work as theatres were shut down and my movies were halted. Just as I was wondering about my life, I got a call from producer Sathish. Soon after, Caarthick gave me a narration over the phone. I loved the film, and went for the shoot after a couple of weeks. It is a meaty role, and I play an ornithologist. We shot the entire film in Sirumalai, near Dindigul,” she says.

Raiza says she was relieved to breathe easy in a place that was coronavirus-free. She says, “The first day was pretty scary, but after that, it was normal. Communication was direct as we had a limited crew.” She even got to do stunts for the first time. “I knew Dhilip (Subbarayan) master was on board, so I wasn’t worried about anything else. My stunts were not too tough. But I did fall a lot as we were shooting in a forest. Even the scene in which I am hanging upside down from a tree was done after taking a lot of safety measures,” she informs.

Apart from doing this film, she also shot for a short film with Kalaiyarasan. “Deekay has directed the short, in which Kalai and I play a couple stuck in this pandemic,” informs Raiza.

Despite giving a hit debut with Pyaar Prema Kaadhal (PPK), and signing a plethora of projects, the pretty actress is yet to have her second release. Ask her why this delay and she says, “I have no idea as film delays are not in my control. Alice hasn’t even started filming, but Kadhalikka Yarumillai and F.I.R were going as per plan. But the pandemic happened and delayed them. I’d also signed up for Hashtag Love, which was supposed to go on floors in May. So, yes, it does bother me and I am frustrated by these delays. But I am happy that I am at least getting to do films in different genres. I am not just another love interest in all films. And that gets me through.”

The actress also says that she was mainly getting a certain type of role after PPK. “There were scenes in the film, in which I shout at Harish Kalyan. I remember getting roles for which I had to be constantly angry. I don’t want to play an unstable girl in a relationship all the time. I want to take up roles that make sense. I don’t know how to define them, but I do know what exactly I don’t want to play — someone who is a pushover,” smiles Raiza.

With a lot of debate on nepotism doing the rounds, Raiza feels that nepotism exists in all fields. She says, “I am an outsider, but got my fame through Bigg Boss Tamil. The show gave me a lot of screen time and people knew me well when I made my film debut. I got one offer and then slowly other projects started coming my way. In fact, I am not even aware about this issue in the Tamil film industry. Nepotism is not a problem in the film industry; non-performance is. We need to be concentrating on inefficiency.”

With the country in unlock mode, the actress hopes film shoots begin in full swing and theatres, too, reopen. “When most businesses have been opened up, they should allow theatres to reopen, too,” she opines.