The newly released teaser for the Vijay Sethupathi-Trisha starrer 96 has struck a chord with viewers. Directed by C Prem Kumar who did the cinematography for the hugely entertaining Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanam, 96 is supposedly a romance story and has already set up expectations, thanks to the evident chemistry between the lead pair.
For Trisha, who first appeared in an uncredited role in Jodi, it has been a long journey. At 35, the actor is among the few heroines who've stayed relevant in the extremely sexist and ageist space that is the film industry. Not only has Trisha refused to be relegated to the 'sister' and 'anni' roles reserved for women her age, she continues to bag substantial projects. In fact, she walked out of the Vikram starrer Saamy 2 because she was not happy about her role, even though it's a big male star's film.
On social media, Trisha is often subjected to disparaging comments about her age, with trolls calling her 'kezhavi' and 'paati'. This, even as the leading male actors in the industry continue to act with women who are decades younger than them. The comments especially seem absurd, considering Trisha's appearance has barely changed from the time she made her debut as a teenager.
Here's a look at Trisha over the years, right down to her look in 96.
Mounam Pesiyadhe (2002)
Trisha's first release as heroine was with Suriya in this romantic drama directed by Ameer Sultan.
Trisha acted with Vikram in this cop film directed by Hari. Trisha's look in the film, as a young woman from a conservative family, was a hit with the audience.
Lesa Lesa (2003)
This Priyadarshan film was the first that Trisha signed as heroine, but the project was delayed. Trisha acted with Shaam and Madhavan in this love story about loss, acceptance, and moving on.
This action film from Dharani saw Trisha acting with Vijay. Prakash Raj, who plays the villain, is obsessed with Trisha's character. The song 'Appadi podu' from the film still has great recall value. Trisha went on to star in several such mass hero films, mostly registering her presence with her dance skills.
Aayutha Ezhuthu (2004)
As the city girl Meera who is resigned to marry the man chosen by her parents but has a last minute change of heart, Trisha stood out in this ensemble film directed by Mani Ratnam.
Abhiyum Naanum (2008)
Directed by Radha Mohan, this film about a father and daughter relationship has Trisha playing a role that requires her to go from school girl to young woman. With her slight frame and youthful looks, Trisha was convincing in a school uniform just as she was as a poised young woman.
Vinnaithandi Varuvaya (2010)
Perhaps the favourite film for Trisha fans, this Gautham Menon romance saw Trisha acting with Simbu, her close friend in real life. Trisha plays Jessie, a Syrian Christian woman from a conservative family who is conflicted about whether she should marry her boyfriend or give in to her family's wishes.
Manmadhan Ambu (2010)
Trisha played an independent actor in this film, in which she acted with Kamal Haasan. She breaks up with her fiance (Madhavan) who wants her to quit cinema and charts out her own journey.
Yennai Arindhal (2015)
In this cop film directed by Gautham Menon and starring Ajith, Trisha plays Hemanika, a single mom and Bharatanatyam dancer.
Once again opposite Kamal Haasan, Trisha played an officer in the Narcotics Control Bureau. The film didn't have a romance track as such and Trisha was seen focused on her doing her job - pretty rare in mainstream Tamil films.
Directed by Durai Senthilkumar, Trisha played the villain for the first time in her career. As Rudra, an aspiring politician, Trisha overturned many stereotypes about female villains in Tamil cinema. She even murders the hero, played by Dhanush.
Hey Jude (2018)
In her debut Malayalam film opposite Nivin Pauly, Trisha played Crystal, a young woman who is bipolar. Her natural and intense performance in the film impressed fans and critics alike. The film was directed by Shyamaprasad.
We will just leave you with this image of Trisha's luminescent beauty.