An awe-inspiring performance- that is what ‘Subaida’ of 22 Female Kottayam had to offer Malayali cinema audience. Resmi Sateesh, who played the role of Subaida in the movie talks to Kochivibe. She has been in the news for all the good reasons. Her much acclaimed role was lauded and appreciated by critics and Malayalam movie buffs across the globe. A singer by profession, but someone who has also proved her love for acting, Resmi tells us how she got into cinema, and about what she loves to do best- singing, that is!
The protagonist ‘Subaida’ was much discussed about. And so was your performance on-screen. How did ‘22 Female Kottayam’ happen?
It was a coincidence. I never thought I would get into acting. Abhilash Kumar, script writer for 22 FK called me and told me about my role. I was not confident about acting. But they were! They had complete faith in me. I thought I should give it a try, and that is how 22 FK happened. I had fun during the shoots. It was in Bangalore. Working with Rima was a great experience. There was a scene where Subaida was delivering a baby. Neither I nor Rima was certain on doing it, as we dint know how this process worked. But we did our best, and the whole unit applauded us after the shooting of that scene. I loved every bit of working with that crew.
From a folk singer to an appreciated actor. How has the journey been?
So far, so good.
Singing, acting, what next?
I was always passionate about singing, and I believe that is where my real interest lies. Acting happened unexpectedly. That’s all. But all I know is, I wouldn’t constraint myself to a cliché, be it in singing or acting. At the same time, I shall do what is comfortable for me.
Do you agree that the message given by Subaida in 22 FK is something you would give a friend in real life?
Well, Subaida never asked Tessa to go kill someone! She only rendered her help in establishing contacts. Subaida tried to mould the boldness in Tessa, and said that she can come back to life. I believe that is a fine message, actually! Bringing back someone to life is good.
It came to our notice that at a public event by a certain radio channel was a sour experience to you.
I’am someone who reacts immediately when I see something that I don’t like. That’s about it. No comments.
Tell us something about your personal life.
I was born and brought up in Trivandrum. I later travelled to Wayanad to learn folk music. I’am married, and I live with my husband in Kochi. I have done a government job for some time, but singing was where my real interest lied. So I decided to switch over to music. I did sound design course from the Satyajit Ray Institute in Calcutta, and from there I took off to music completely.
I did the location sound design for ‘Makaramanju’ which starred Santosh Sivan. And that is how he called me to sing for ‘Urumi’. The title song for ‘Chaappa Kurish’ was another breakthrough for me. All thanks to Rex Vijayan for that!
As of now, I want to learn different genres of music.
Resmi Sateesh is…
Someone who reacts when she sees something wrong! I cannot stand fake people. I prefer genuine ones. I rather stay away from the fake ones forever. I’am someone who values friendships and relations. I love enjoying the company of people, and my close ones. But yes, sometimes I prefer my own space. Who doesn’t?!
Your upcoming projects?
I’am singing one of the songs for the upcoming movie ‘Friday’. I’am also doing a few jingles etc.
And to Kochivibe Readers…
We have only one life, so live it to the fullest. Be genuine, be yourself, happiness follows.