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Updated: November 25, 2009 19:03 IST

Neelambari Perumal plays journalist in debut whodunit "Bombay Mittayi"

Soyesh. H. Rawther
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Neelambari Perumal
Neelambari Perumal

Neelambari Perumal is no stranger to social issues. In fact, she has experienced the trauma that a committed social worker’s family faces while pursuing a genuine cause. Life can’t be different for the daughter of former chief minister of North East Provincial Council in Sri Lanka and Tamil leader Varadaraja Perumal who had to spend a major part of his life in exile fearing the guns of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The actor-dancer daughter of Mr. Perumal is now all set to portray the role of a television journalist in an upcoming Malayalam movie, ‘Bombay Mittayi’.

It was after a stage play she performed at the India Habitat Centre in Delhi, that U. Pradeep, the producer of ‘Bombay Mittayi’, approached her with a role in the movie. She liked ‘Bombay Mittayi’s' story line and agreed.

The actor believes Malayalam films always come out with socially relevant subjects. “It’s a great opportunity for me to be part of the Malayalam film industry,” She also thinks Malayalam film makers still have a long way to go to satisfy the mass audience even though they produce quality movies. ‘Bombay Mittayi’, being directed by Ummer Karikkad, revolves around the life of two youth struggling to eke out a living. “Ummer’s is an attempt to present the social realities without ignoring the essential ingredients of commercial cinema, “says a confident Neelambari.

Neelambari’s family had moved to Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh during her early childhood because of the security threat her family was facing. There were no schools for her to attend. “A tutor used to come to teach us and I learned my Hindi lessons from him”. The family again had to move for the same reasons to Rajasthan. There Neelambari attended Sophia school. ”We were the centre of attraction there because of the security cover we had even while attending the class”. She received her first lessons of Bharatanatyam from her aunt and learned Kathak from Guruji Manekchand. The silent, shy girl was slowly evolving into an artist. Finally, after the many journeys to find a secure home with her family, she settled in Delhi, completed her LLB, and is actively involved in theatre.

'Bombay Mittayi’s' story takes an interesting turn when a young journalist who lives in north India decides to go back to her home town in South India to uncover the mystery behind a murder. Neelambari plays the scribe. “We had no doubts in our minds. Her character at the stage play in Delhi as a journalist was very powerful. She gave it a perfect touch, we believe it will happen in ‘Bombay Mittayi’ too, “says the producer.

Though this is her first film, as far as acting is concerned, she is crystal clear. “I have been acting in plays in Delhi. I am also part of an NGO, which uses theater as a medium for social awareness,” explains Neelambari.

Social commitment and artistic background, as the script writer of the movie puts it, ‘gives Neelambari an edge over others for the type of role that we envisage for a socially relevant movie.”With a rich cast including Bala, Vinu Mohan, Harisree Ashokan and Netaji fame Sachin Khedekar, and a pool of young talent of ‘Bombay Mittayi’, Neelambari Perumal sets off on her journey here. With a strong performance, she could script a new chapter in success and social commitment.


Intriguing storylineMay 20, 2010

Imparting a new flavourOctober 15, 2010

Best of luck,As a sri lankan tamil,Will you help dicover the our unfortunate tamils of sri lanka like MIA??

from:  kavi thasan
Posted on: Apr 30, 2010 at 04:11 IST

Neelambari, having seen you as a socially concerned person, a talented dancer and a lawyer, I would love to see another aspect of your multi-faceted personality. All the very best.

from:  Sukirti Khanna
Posted on: Dec 16, 2009 at 12:25 IST

She has got a bright future. Expecting wonders in her career.

from:  Deepak Prakash
Posted on: Dec 12, 2009 at 23:43 IST

All the best Neelambari. You look so.good.

from:  bunny
Posted on: Dec 10, 2009 at 20:07 IST

Good luck....I can feel it's going to be a very nice movie...I'm so happy for you ..all the best ..

from:  Katarina Pohankova
Posted on: Dec 7, 2009 at 14:47 IST

Hi Neelambari...all the best for your bright and successful career ahead.Love!

from:  Priyanka
Posted on: Dec 3, 2009 at 08:33 IST

As deserve this..Keep it up..all the very best for your rocking future..

from:  Jeet
Posted on: Nov 26, 2009 at 19:19 IST

Just rock the film industry too..

from:  Mamta Khanduri
Posted on: Nov 26, 2009 at 13:30 IST

Dear Neel, Best wishes from Melbourne...!!! I, as a Sri Lankan, am proud of you. Waiting to see your performance. All the best dear. Keep it up.

from:  Ariya Bandara Samarakoon
Posted on: Nov 26, 2009 at 05:27 IST

Wish you lots of luck and good wishes. I am so happy for you.

from:  nehatomar
Posted on: Nov 25, 2009 at 18:52 IST

Hey Neelambri..... wishing you all the best for a bright and shining career ahead.

from:  sunil
Posted on: Nov 25, 2009 at 17:53 IST

Hey Neelambari..Here's wishing you all the best for a bright career ahead...Keep fresh and smiling...god bless you.

from:  priyanka sharma
Posted on: Nov 25, 2009 at 12:59 IST
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