Interview with RJ Suchitra
By Anusha Parthasarathy
You approached Radio Mirchi for a job as a script writer. How did you get picked as an RJ?
When Mirchi had just started, they wanted to select people with talent who can later be shifted to other positions in the station. They were exploring and taking in people. RJing came as an accident to me but it was intentional on their part.
You shifted from a lucrative IT job into a new unexplored arena. How did people at home react?
All my friends thought I was kind of crazy to leave my job at Satyam and enter into a radio station that had just come up. But I decided to take a shot at it. I’ve always wanted to write.
What about your stint in movies? You’ve done a couple of cameo appearances.
My appearance as Suchitra in Jay Jay was purely coincidental. There was a pact between Radio Mirchi and the production house of Jay Jay. And they needed an RJ to star in the movie. My brief appearance in Mani Ratnam’s ‘Ayudha Ezhuthu’ was also a good experience but it was very brief.
You are a fan of Suriya. How was the experience of working with him?
Suriya is incredibly sincere at work. But he is also an expert at subtle intelligent humour. One minute he’s working and the next he’s pulling your leg and back to work again in a second. You would never realise unless you are quick to grasp it.
Did you always want to sing or was playback singing also accidental?
I had learnt singing even as a child but you are not allowed to dream much when you are from a south Indian Brahmin family. I didn’t have any notions of getting into singing.
Coffee with Suchi. What was it like to be a host of a TV show?
I let go of hosting shows long ago. The grease paint and the hours of waiting didn’t appeal to me. I am not a very patient person. Coffee with Suchi was a great experience because having a show with your name as the title by itself is a great thing. I enjoyed my stint there.
You have also forayed into writing, winning the Commonwealth Short Story Competition for your kids story ‘The Runaway Peppercorn’. Why a peppercorn?
When I was a kid, my grandmother used to tell me a story about how her mother-in-law gave her advice in the kitchen. One of the things she told her was to never let a peppercorn roll away from the sack or it would run and tell tales on you to your neighbours. That’s how the idea came about.
On a more personal note, how has life changed after marriage?
Not much really. I still have a cook, because I can’t cook to save my life. She takes care of my diet and also Karthik’s, since he is also on a strict diet now. She takes up half the responsibility. But I should say now I know what an electricity bill is!
Which is close to your heart? RJing, singing or writing?
Singing is very close to my heart. RJing is part of who I am.