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Updated: April 19, 2013 15:49 IST

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K. R. Manigandan
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Archana Kavi
Archana Kavi

Archana Kavi is excited about her role in Backbenchers, a bilingual in Tamil and Telugu

After making an impression in Malayalam and Tamil cinema, Archana Kavi is all set to announce her arrival in the Telugu film industry. The actor, who garnered attention with her spellbinding performances in Neelathaamara in Malayalam and Aravaan in Tamil, is busy completing her first Telugu film titled Backbenchers.

Says Archana, who resides in Delhi: “A bilingual, the film will release in Tamil as well. Mahath of Mankatha fame plays the hero in both versions. It is being directed by Shreedhar whose last film was It’s My Love story.”

The actor has consistently impressed with her judicious choice of roles. Ask her what she likes most about Backbenchers, and she says, “Thanks to the characters I have portrayed so far, people believe I like to be part of only art movies and offbeat ventures. Not many know that I am a huge fan of love stories. Backbenchers is a love story and I am really excited about the project.”

Besides, Backbenchers is a two-heroine subject and features Piaa as the other heroine.

“We have finished one schedule and the next is to begin in December. We intend to finish the film by the end of the year and release it in February, considered the month of love,” says Archana, who is keen on dubbing in Tamil and Telugu in her future films.

“The unit members have been very encouraging. They wouldn’t laugh even when I made mistakes while attempting to speak the languages. I am working hard to learn them.”

The actor is now busy with a handful of films which include Abhiyum Gnanum, directed by S. P. Mahesh, Nadodi Mannan, in which she is paired with Dileep, and Honeybee, which marks the directorial debut of Jean Paul, son of director Lal.

Apart from these, Archana will be seen in Kukkiliyar and Once Upon A Time, the latter being directed by newcomer Anoop Nair.

Archana says, “Äbhiyum Gnanum is a travel movie which revolves around two characters, Abirami, played by me, and Rahul. I have put my heart and soul into this movie. Work on both Abhiyum Gnanum and Nadodi Mannan is almost over and they will hit the screens soon. As for Honeybee, it’s a laugh riot. A short film by the director (Jean Paul) won wide acclaim and we are eager to see what he can bring to the big screen. Once Upon A Time is again a comedy; I chose it, impressed with its screenplay.”

Meanwhile, Archana hopes her films will do well at the box office and fetch her more challenging roles in Tamil and Telugu.

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