"Don't expect that I would tell
the very same answer like other actresses.
Definitely I won't act after
marriage. I, who have given up acting now, won't even
dream of returning back to acting. Marriage is an
important stage in a woman's life. When I will get
married to Ajithkumar as per my heart's liking, I
would turn to be the female family head. There's no
change in this decision".
Shalini has given her answers to questions: The
When did your first meeting with Ajithkumar take
In November 1998. Ajithkumar, for the first time,
talked with me through telephone, following my refusal
earlier, to the producer of "Amarkkalam" and it's
director Charan, when both of them (producer and
director) had asked me to act in that film. Ajith told
me: ""Amarkkalam" is my 25th film. It's my wish to
team with you in a film. First, you please hear the
story-narration of the film. If you like it, you may
give your callsheet. Otherwise, I won't compel you any
further". Hearing him speak like this, I changed my
mind. I heard the story-narration by director Charan.
As I liked it, I gave my callsheet.
In the meantime, I saw, along with my family members,
the film "Kaathal Mannan", acted by Ajith and directed
by Charan. As I liked it very much, I came to have
good confidence in "Amarkkalam" unit. The first day of
shooting took place on 17th March, last year. Dhaamu
and I were acting in it. Ajith came there. It was only
then that I saw him first. Our relationship at that
time was that he was the hero and I was the heroine of
the film, that's all.
How was your mental state when Ajithkumar told you
that he loves you?
When he came and told me his love, I didn't show any
sign of hurry. Because it was the problem concerned
with life. I told my parents about this. Afterwards my
parents and Ajith's parents met and talked about it.
The engagement regarding our marriage was conducted in
a simple style.
Earlier, your marriage got postponed. Why?
My marriage might have been conducted last month
itself. The Malayalam film "Niram", acted by me and
directed by Kamal (Malayalam director) has proved to
be a super-duper hit there. When that film was under
production, there had been an agreement between
us---that if that film proves to be a great hit in
Malayalm then it's re-make in Tamil should be made in
which also I should play the heroine and the same
Kamal should do direction work. Accordingly I'm now
acting in the Tamil version teaming with Prashanth. In
Tamil it's given the title: "Priyaa Varam Vaendum".
It's shooting would be over in a few days. Soon after
that my marriage will take place.
Would you continue your studies after marriage?
When I was acting in "Kaathalukku Mariyaathai", I was
studying B.B.A. (Bachelor of Business Administration).
I'm now studying in the first year. I would continue
my studies even after my marriage. After completing
B.B.A. I would join M.C.A. (Master of Computer
what way would you be of help to your husband?
On his behalf, I would hear story narrations. I would
be accompanying him to shooting spots. I would look
after his 'A.K.International' office. I would also
create dress designs for him as per his film roles. I
could look after his callsheets. Don't think only this
much work I could do for him. I can also drive his car
when he starts out for shooting! In total, I could
shine very well as his ideal life partner for ever
giving him good encouragement.
How many babies do you wish to give birth to?
He's very fond of children. At this stage I can't
spell out anything regarding number of babies we would
like to give birth to!
You are going to become female family head. Can you
Presently I'm taking complete rest
at home. So I'm also learning cooking. I'm a
non-vegetarian. He's also a non-vegetarian. So there
won't be any problem at all. Both of us like chicken.
We don't like chocolate. Generally I cook tastefully.
Do you know one thing? Ajithkumar himself is a good
To which country do you plan to
go for honeymoon?
We haven't yet talked about it.
What are the matters that
generally remain acceptable to both of you?
There are so many of them. Which of
them should I mention here and which to leave out?
First, the hearts of both of us could experience the
quality of oneness. We are like friends now. Even
after marriage, we would behave like friends! If you
now ask me, 'Who's your best friend?', I would reply:
'Only Ajithkumar'. To that extent both of us have
understood each other.
What are the qualities that you
like in Ajithkumar?
I can refer to three qualities:
First, as far as film shooting work is concerned, he's
a hard-worker. He forgets even food and sleep while
doing work. Secondly, he first thinks of others. Then
only he thinks about himself. Suppose if anyone
suffers, he would be the first person to lend his
help. Thirdly, the self-confidence and his acting
talent that enabled him to come up in life without
seeking others' support! After facing so many
challenges and undergoing so many sufferings, he has
become a hero of great feats.
What's your message to the
I convey my heart-felt thanks to
all the fans, whose families, all these days were
considering me as their sister! I resign from
cineworld with a happy heart. The soon-to-be-released
film of Maniratnam sir, "Alai Paayuthae" would enable
me shine as an ever-green personality in the minds of
the people. I resign from the film world while I'm
enjoying this much good fame. Good bye!
So saying Shalini bids farewell
and takes leave.