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Updated: March 10, 2012 21:04 IST

Three Cheers

k. r. manigandan
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Kajal Aggarwal
Kajal Aggarwal

Kajal Aggarwal is on a roll. The actor who straddles the Tamil, Telugu and Hindi film worlds with ease talks about her upcoming projects — and of course, the men who matter

Kajal Aggarwal is not complaining. Instead she's delighted to studio-hop without any respite. Five significant projects in three different languages with some of tinseldom's most sought-after men… the actor is beaming.

“Celebrations can happen anytime. Work comes first. I don't have any regrets about having such an order of preference,” she says, snatching some time for a telephonic interview in-between frenetic shooting schedules in New Delhi.

Going by the projects and the names associated with them, it's clear that the Naan Mahaan Alla star's career graph is on an upswing at the moment. In Kollywood, she is working on K.V. Anand's Maatran, which has Suriya in the lead and A.R. Murugadoss's Thupaaki, which stars Vijay. Her back-to-back schedules include Special Chabbis opposite Akshay Kumar in Hindi and two projects — one each opposite Ram Charan Tej and Junior NTR in Telugu.

Most people find working on one big project itself demanding. Imagine being part of five simultaneously! It's possible only if the actor involved has lots of enthusiasm, loads of energy and adequate support from all quarters. Agrees Kajal, “I'm excited about working with two superstars — Suriya and Vijay. I'm equally thrilled about working with two fantastic directors Anand and Murugadoss. The other motivating factor is that I get to play two different roles. That's quite a challenge.”

Talking about the working styles of Suriya and Vijay, she says, “Both are extremely professional. They are hardworking and deeply involved in their work.” Fine, those are the similarities, but what about the differences? “Ah, that's a tough one,” she admits, before carefully stating, “Suriya is a stickler. You don't see Suriya on the sets, instead you see only the character he is portraying. Vijay too is a perfectionist with oodles of spontaneity.”

Talking about her directors, she says, “Anand is a total disciplinarian and believes in having several rehearsals. He subscribes to the view that practice makes a man perfect. Murugadoss, on the other hand, is a very lively person who believes in actors being themselves. Both, however, have one thing in common. They know how to get the best out of you.”

Kajal is more forthcoming when asked to compare her roles in the two films. “In Maatran, I play a young happy girl, who has an understanding of things. Certain incidents in her life make her aware of what the world is. In Thupaaki (Vijay is said to play the role of an encounter specialist), I play a chirpy, naughty girl who is in love with herself. ”

Her Bollywood project Special Chabbis is based on a robbery that took place in Mumbai in 1987. A man and his associates, posing as CBI officers, raid a jewellery store and walk away with jewels worth lakhs. “I play a fictitious character that was not part of the original incident. I play the love interest of the protagonist, who is clear about everything in his life, but me,” she says as she hurries back to complete her shot.

REEL CHALLENGE In Maatran, I had to speak in Russian apart from Tamil. So, a Russian trainer was flown in. Also, we shot some intense action sequences in Riga, the capital of Latvia, and a couple of places around it. And we had to shoot these sequences in freezing temperatures.


At WorkSeptember 24, 2010

Well, I always read "THE HINDU" for the quality of articles they have
I hardly know much about south Indian movies, but I think it is nice of
"THE HINDU" to occasionally print a really beautiful photograph of an
actress. I think it is OK, "once in a while".

Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 15:30 IST

Some people here are commenting here like they have lost their pristine mind after watching this picture!
The fact that you watched the picture is terrible and the fact that you were offended is more terrible and the fact that you wrote a comment about it is just horrible.Either you people have been raised in insanely conservative family or you people have some serious issues and best thing would be to look into your own mind.
But what's will be saying to thehindu to not post saree
pictures because it shows the belly? Or you will start a campaign to cover with mud ancient heritages like khajurahao/konarak. Or the most likely will bring the 'culture' card in and say it is not our culture?(Afterall isn't indian culture influenced by medieval islamic society and victorian culture?)

from:  Tilopa
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 12:04 IST

Pl keep The Hindu free from such pictures. Need to avoid being like other sites who want to garner more hits using such pictures. I echo other vistors sentiments and request you not to spoil your reputation and good name by posting these kind of half naked pictures.

from:  Viswanath G
Posted on: Mar 13, 2012 at 10:44 IST

don't add even half saree pictures

from:  uday
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 21:48 IST

Dont bring down our regards on The Hindu by publishing this kind of
photos and content on The Hindu . If it becomes like TOI with new chief
editor then there would not be any respect for print media .

from:  Mriuthi Reddy O
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 21:31 IST

It is unfair to comment on the picture as Semi-nude. The picture itself is good but on the boundary line between Good and obscene.

Certainly Hindu is not TOI but certainly there is no need to showcase sparsely dressed modern actress in fully-dropped sarees ...

from:  Dileep Varma Kalidindi
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 19:36 IST

I beg to differ. I have seen her performance in Singham and another
Tamil movie and I must say it has been amateurish at best. I do not
think she has much to offer and I can name at least 20 actresses from
Hindi soaps who can do a better job. She is pretty but she CAN NOT act.

from:  Shaik
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 19:32 IST

the article is good but the picture is not upto the hindu trade mark.Hope the publisher understands this.

from:  suddhi
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 18:17 IST

Kajal is a gorgeous girl and I don't see anything wrong with the pic. It is very elegant and
she makes everything look classy.

from:  Suryakalindi
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 17:19 IST

Its a nice picture,and she is looking really beautiful with this dress.Why you people are commenting like old world blind-folds??There is nothing vulgar about like the way you all are condemning,check your minds.

from:  bhaskarnil
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 16:45 IST

The article is about the actress and the logical thing to do is to have a picture of her accompanying it. I don't see the problem. Also, the picture isn't what most sane people would consider vulgar or indecent.

from:  KB
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 16:44 IST

Article was good, all the best to Kajal Aggarwal..... but the thing that disturbed me most was the comments like "half naked photos"???
where? i dont see any...... this is just a picture of a beautiful girl. It all depends on how you view it... and The Hindu is not degrading itself, it is still THE HINDU, best as always.

from:  Hema
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 14:58 IST

As an avid reader of Hindu, I have been telling people that the main difference between Hindu and other Newspapers are about eye candy stuffs like movie stills and scanty dressed heroines. I am afraid the new Editor is trying to converge the line between this Paper and others in terms of ethics and contents.

I request you to please stick to your stand on quality and do not bother about readership survey. If one wants to see such pictures, there are millions of webpages in front of the user available over internet. I will be extremely happy to see the gap between Hindu and other competitors grow bigger in terms of Content and Ethics than trying to bridge the gaps.

from:  RAJA
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 14:29 IST

From now onwards I have to be careful and look around before reading THE
HINDU paper online. I never expected this picture from THE HINDU.

Please do not spoil your reputation and good name by posting these kind
of half naked pictures.
It's my humble opinion.

from:  shejuguru
Posted on: Mar 12, 2012 at 11:13 IST

Well, have to Check again, that this is not TOI.... The Picture shown doesn't belongs to 'THE HINDU'. Kajal Agarwal is a beautiful actress, and there are a lot of good pictures of her than this one... We don't need another TOI from 'THE HINDU'. Please let it remain 'THE HINDU' it is... Hope the author understands.

from:  Sathish
Posted on: Mar 11, 2012 at 19:02 IST

Seems "The Hindu" has also joined those "mainstream" Media who want to increase their readership by publishing semi-nude pics of celebrities.

from:  Ahmed
Posted on: Mar 11, 2012 at 19:00 IST

Why such a photograph? Will The Hindu have a page 3 girl every day under the new editor? You may as well sell it off to Mr Murdoch.

from:  James Gurung
Posted on: Mar 11, 2012 at 14:21 IST

Indian cinema requires such a mesmerising beauty and awesome talent.Kajal is not simply a pretty looking girl or a casual actress but she possesses huge talent to give real touch to the character she plays.Her performances in many Telugu and Tamil movies have been aweinspiring and up to the mark.Her future wii depend upon the kind of stories and roles she chooses and the abilities of directors to convert her potential talent into real performance.A large number of fans of Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi cinema are eagerly waiting for her new movies.Best of luck to a beautiful and talented personality.

from:  Remant Jha
Posted on: Mar 10, 2012 at 22:21 IST
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