Q8India’s exclusive interview with Indian actress Gautami Tadimalla | Life Again Foundation | Kuwait
Q8india.com, the community portal for the Indians living in Kuwait recently interviewed Gautami Tadimalla, Tamil Actress and founder of Life Again Foundation, she was a single mom when she was diagnosed with breast cancer; her inspiring story of victory is worth knowing. Her journey in the last 11 years after breast cancer has been to balance mind and body.
Gautami is in Kuwait to launch LIFE AGAIN Foundation Kuwait chapter and Q8India had an opportunity to talk to her on her mission connected to LIFE AGAIN FOUNDATION.
Gautami is an Indian film actress who has worked mainly in Tamil films, although she also appeared in successful films in Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and Kannada cinema. She is also a television actress, television host and known costume designer.
Gautami was born in Nidadavole West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. She made her first appearance at the age of 17 in the Telugu film Dayamayudu, She was introduced to Tamil films through Guru Shishyan, a film that starred Rajinikanth and Prabhu. She was most active in Tamil cinema from 1987 to 1998 and was a tough competitor to the other heroines of her time, Kushboo and Bhanupriya. Her filmography includes classics like Apoorva Sagodharargal, Raja Chinna Roja, Thevar Magan, Panakkaran, Guru Sishyan, Ooru Vittu Ooru Vanthu, Dharma Durai, Rickshaw Mama as well as Mani Ratnam’s Iruvar (1997), which co-starred Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai, Tabu, Nassar and Revathi.
She has acted almost with all the Tamil heroes of her time that includes Rajinikanth, Kamalhassan, Vijayakanth, Prabhu Ganesan, Karthik, Arjun Sarja, Arvind Swamy, Murali, Ramki, Rahman, Sarath Kumar whereas most movies with Sathyaraj and Ramarajan.
She has done several films in Malayalam, notably His Highness Abdulla (starring Mohanlal), Dhruvam (starring Mammootty), and Daddy (opposite Arvind Swamy). Her role in Sukrutham was penned by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. She has also acted in the Kannada films Elu Suttina Kote, Chikkejamanru and Cheluva, and in the Hindi films Pyar Hua chori chori, Janata ki Adalat, Haiwan, Admi, Appoo Raja, Trimurti, and Dhaal.
She won Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil for Nee Pathi Naan Pathi.
Q: Tell us something about your visit to Kuwait
I’m here in Kuwait to launch the Kuwait Chapter of LIFE AGAIN FOUNDATION, Kuwait Chapter will be 3rd after Indian and US and we are hoping to open up branches in other countries, very soon in UK and Australia. The Kuwait chapter will be launched in an exclusive event on Saturday, 8th of April 2017 at American International School Auditorium. I’m very much excited about the event as we also have colourful cultural shows featured.
Q: Tell us about LIFE AGAIN FOUNDATION
Life Again foundation is going to be one year old and was launched in Dallas, US. There is a strong and active community in US supporting this cause.
“Life Again Foundation“, is a not-for-profit organisation established to help and inspire people who are in the pre / post transformation stage of terminal diseases. The foundation is aimed to spread awareness on terminal diseases like Cancer, support and sponsor medical treatment / therapies for the needy.
As you all know, I’m a cancer survivor. I have realised that we come to an stage where we think that this is the end of the road but we find strength within our self to fight and we overcome that, life continues because you fought, how do you live that life, that’s LIFE AGAIN. That is where life again foundation was born.
As long as you are breathing there is life, and you keep fighting and you keep living.
Q: At what stage can get support from Life Again?
At any stage, actually it doesn’t have to happen, even for someone who wants to know how to empower against it can get help from us, actually there is no way to prevent cancer clinically and scientifically but undoubtedly its also caused by lifestyle issues, There are certain things we can do to either prevent and live a healthier life.
Q: Are you envisioning some thing similar to Cancer Coaching
Life again is not about one particular building or office or country, lot of information will soon be coming on our website, we will put online with videos, any place from anywhere people can access the resources and get enriched. You don’t need to go to particular place to get help from us.
Q: Do you have any future plan to setup LIFE AGAIN fitness centre in Kuwait or anywhere in middle east.
That’s an interesting question. We have an organisation here, actually we are going do many activities here. In fact we are going to start many YOGA camps. This platform is very important.
Q: Kuwait is the third LIFE AGAIN FOUNDATION chapter, What was special about Kuwait in particular.
Our slogan is “One for One We are there for Every One”, The kind of response we received from Kuwait where People came forward and said that you doing great job in India and let’s do it in Kuwait. So we are LIFE AGAIN in Kuwait and we will work together in the noble cause.
Q: Tell us something about your come back to the cinema after long time.
Right now I’m doing a Malayalam movie called “E”, I just came to Kuwait from the middle of the shooting which is directed by Kuku Surender and produced by Sangeeth Sivan. I’m back to Malayalam screen after a while and I’m very happy about my come back. Malayalam movies are very special to me, the kind of role they offer is very unique and brilliant.
Q: Do you feel there is generation gap in the movie industry.
I never felt any generation gap, I always had up bringing which knew no barriers of older people and younger people, my father was over 50 when I was born, he was most progressive and young person I knew. So for me there was no question of generation gap, no question of older people and younger people. I have 17 year old daughter and she is my best friend. I love young generation specially I love the young generation in today’s film industry, the kind of films that are made now a days are amazing.
Q: Can we expect your daughter in film Industry ?
She is studying film making so I think she will be in film industry, I don’t know if it’s In front of the camera, it’s up to her to decide. Even film making is her choice.
Q8India would like to Thank Gautami for giving exclusive interview.
Interview by Mr. Moiz