Children's Park posed a question of maturity: Manasa Radhakrishnan

Children's Park posed a question of maturity: Manasa Radhakrishnan
Manasa Radhakrishnan plays the role of a young orphan called Prarthana in 'Children's park.'
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“Behave like a forty-year-old before my camera,” director-screen writer Raffi told Manasa Radhakrishnan, putting the 20-year old in a dilemma. Manasa plays the role of a young orphan called Prarthana in 'Children's park,' an upcoming flick starring Vishnu Unnikrishnan, Gayathri Suresh and Sharaf U Dheen. Manasa had to work really hard in her transformation to Prarthana, a character far mature than her age.

Joining 'Children's Park'

I already knew that Raffi and Shaffi are working together for a full-fledged entertainer starring Vishnu Unnikrishnan, as the latter is a good friend of mine. One day, Shaffi gave me a phone call to ask whether I was free in October and November 2018. I couldn't figure out they were planning to cast me in their movie project until he started explaining my character to me. I was so enthralled by the news. What else can a beginner wish for than a significant character role in a Raffi-Shaffi movie?!

Children's Park posed a question of maturity: Manasa Radhakrishnan
Filmmaker siblings Raffi and Shaffi unite after four years for 'Children's Park.'

Most challenging part

First day was the most challenging day. It took me some time to mold myself into Prarthana's character. Prarthana is a mature young adult who lives at 'Children's Park,' an orphanage run by Joy Mathew's character. The story takes a turn when Vishnu Unnikrishnan and his friends move into Children's Park. Raffi kept asking me to behave like a forty-year-old woman in front of the camera. Once I came to terms with my character, I started performing smoothly.

Children's Park posed a question of maturity: Manasa Radhakrishnan
'Children's park' is an upcoming flick starring Vishnu Unnikrishnan, Gayathri Suresh and Sharaf U Dheen.

Family and educational background

My father Radhakrishnan is an NRI and my mother Sreekala, a homemaker. I am their only daughter. I acquired primary education at Choice school, Thrippoonithura. I have studied classical dance, guitar and cinematic dance along with studies. At present, I do my bachelors in Computer science and engineering at Muthoott institute of Technology and science (MITS.)

Children's Park posed a question of maturity: Manasa Radhakrishnan
Manasa does her bachelors in Computer science and engineering at Muthoott institute of Technology and science (MITS.)

Entry to filmdom

I started my movie career at the age of nine, as a child actor in the movie 'Kannuneerinum Madhuram' by Reghunath Paleri. Until then, I had never dreamed about an acting career although I enjoyed imitating film stars and enacting film songs at my home. I performed as a child actor in three movies in a row. Later, in 2015, I did a character role in 'The other side,' a shortfilm directed by Arun. I was 15 years old back then. Then I did two Tamil movies. I entered Malayalam cinema as a character artist through Babu Thiruvalla's 'Crossroads' in 2016. 'Tiyaan,' 'Kaattu' and 'Vikadakumaran' are the milestones in my career. I am eagerly looking forward for the release of 'Children's Park' now.

Children's Park posed a question of maturity: Manasa Radhakrishnan
Manasa had to work really hard in her transformation to Prarthana, a character far mature than her age.

Favorite character

If I am to pick a character that stands close to my own personality, I would pick Ummu Kulsu from Kaattu. Ummu Kulsu is extroverted, eloquent and passionate about movies. I would have been some one like Ummu Kulsu had I lived in another era.

Filmmaker siblings Raffi and Shaffi unite after four years for 'Children's Park.' 'Two Countries' was the last movie they did together.

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