Aishwarya Rajesh has proved to be one of the most successful actresses amongst her contemporaries. A ‘Chennai ponnu’, she has managed to work in other industries like Bollywood and Mollywood too. As the actor turns 29, let’s look at six films that trace her journey in Kollywood.
Aishwarya lived her strong character Swarna — fierce yet romantic. She truly stood by the popular saying, “All is fair in love and war” even if it served no personal purpose. Her grace in the popular ‘Kooda Mela Koodavechu’ are still fresh in my mind. Directed by debutant K Balakrishnan, it also stars Vijay Sethupathi, Inigo Prabhakaran, and Gayathrie Shankar.
Kaakka Muttai, 2015
At a time when no actress would be willing to take up the role of a mother of two at the very beginning of their career Aishwarya took it up and clearly proved how one’s age needn’t affect their choice of roles. Directed by M Manikandan, it also stars newcomers Vignesh and Ramesh, Ramesh Thilak and Yogi Babu.
In contrast with her character in Rummy, she plays a coy and insecure young girl from the countryside in Dharmadurai. She is vulnerable and emotional. No doubt, she is at ease with this side too. Directed by Seenu Ramasamy, the film also stars Vijay Sethupathi, Tamannaah, and Srushti Dange.
Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, 2018
A digression from her usual roles, she played an upper class Srilankan, Renu, unhappy with the ways of her husband, Thiyagu (Arun Vijay). Her accent and snappy performance were on point even if it was only for a short while. Directed by Mani Ratnam, it also stars Vijay Sethupathi, Silambarasan, Aravind Swami, Prakash Raj, Jyothika, and Aditi Rao Hydari.
Vada Chennai, 2018
I highly doubt if any actor other than Aishwarya could’ve excelled in this character hailing from North Chennai. It demanded attitude and control over language, a good amount of swearing and Aishwarya ticked all the boxes well. Directed by Vetrimaaran it also stars Dhanush, Ameer, Andrea Jeremiah, and Samuthirakani.
While there have been lighter films with female artistes in the titular role, Aishwarya is one of the very few actresses to headline a strong content-oriented film. Kousalya surely inspired young women striving to save their families whilst pursuing their careers. Directed by Arunraja Kamaraj, the film also stars Sathyaraj, Darshan, and Sivakarthikeyan.