She left cinema at the peak of her career, with over 90 movies in Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu under her belt, and a successful road still ahead of her. Now, over 25 years later, with her messy divorce from director Priyadarshan behind her, Lissy Lakshmi is finally returning to the screen again.
On Friday, Lissy announced her comeback to acting on Facebook, confirming that she will be acting in an important role in an upcoming film produced by Pawan Kalyan, director Thrivikram Srinivas and Sudhakar Reddy. Directed by Krishna Chaitanya, the as-yet-unnamed film stars Nithiin and Megha and will likely release early next year.
â€śAfter so many years of absence I faced the camera for the first time in New York. It was a nervous yet thrilling moment. I must say I had missed it!â€ť wrote Lissy. She also said that she had always regretted quitting acting at a time when offers were pouring in for her.
Revealing that she had heard many scripts in Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil before settling on this project, Lissy said that her earlier tenure in Telugu cinema had been short but successful. â€śI did 8 movies in Telugu and out of that 6 went on to be super hits,â€ť the actor wrote.
â€śTo be honest I was sad to leave Telugu industry at that time but I had no choice. So when it came to acting I always felt kind of an â€śunfinished businessâ€ť with Telugu cinema,â€ť Lissy added.
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Lissy also said that while she was making her comeback with a Telugu film, she hoped to do a Malayalam and a Tamil film soon, and even revealed that she would soon be discussing a story subject with director Gautham Menon.
â€śMost of the offers I had was from Malayalam and I certainly hope to do a Malayalam movie soon. Likewise, having lived more than half of my life in Chennai I consider myself as half Tamilian and it will be an honour to do a Tamil movie at some point. In fact Gautham Menon has mentioned a subject, which we will discuss once he finishes his current projects,â€ť Lissy wrote.
She said that while managing her studios and preview theatres remained her highest priority, she hoped to do one or two interesting movies each year.
â€śObviously, I cannot get back my lost years or the roles I may have had but I certainly hope to do my best in this second innings,â€ť she added.
In the 1980s, a young Lissy had been the toast of Malayalam cinema lovers. Her roles in Chitram, Boeing Boeing, Aram + Aram Kinnaram and other movies had made her very popular with the audience.
Lissy had married Priyadarshan in 1990, and dropped out of acting soon after. In 2014, their marriage came to an end after many acrimonious disputes. Lissy makes her comeback to acting at around the same time that her daughter Kalyani makes her debut in the Telugu film Hello starring Akkineni Akhil.
Read Lissy's full post here: