Ileana, the Israeli actress in Swapnamalika by director K.A. Devarajan, is now in Varanasi, the Hindu holy place also known as Kasi and Benares for the shooting of her debut film in Malayalam with Mohanlal. She is completely excited about this movie being shot at the Ramnagar Palace which belongs to King of Kasi. This beautiful palace is famous for its architectural beauty. The temperature is extremely hot, nearly 44 degrees, but the actress is still charged up and enthusiastic.
Ileana came to Mumbai from Tel Aviv to work as a model. She was spotted by director K.A. Devarajan and signed her for his new venture and underwent a crash course in acting. Now this Mohanlal fan plays a very crucial role in the film with her icon Mohanlal. She was surprised by Mohanlal's down-to-earth nature and said, "I could not believe that being such a big star, he was eating food with others and moving around with unit members."
This is the second time that Mohanlal is visiting Kasi for shooting. Earlier, he had shot here for Vanaprastham. "One has to get the call of Lord Kasinathan to come to this holy city and this is the second time that I have been called," says Mohanlal with a smile.
The film, produced by Karimbil Films, tells the story of renowned Dr. Appu Nair who comes from the US to New Delhi for a medical conference. On the train he meets Radha Karmel, who is going to perform the last rites of her husband. Appu strikes a friendship with Radha which takes him on a journey to Kerala, where they discover new facets to their relationship.