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First foray

Aparna is all excited about her latest Malayalam flick, December.

THOUGH HER debut film did not go the way that she would have loved to, Aparna is certainly not complaining. Being the heroine of the latest sensation in Tamil films, Dhanush, in `Puthukkottaiyilirunthu Saravanan', brought in the kind of attention for this student turned beauty queen turned actress that anyone would die for. And now Aparna is even more excited. She is the heroine of Asok R.Nath's forthcoming suspense thriller, `December'.

Unexpected career

In a freewheeling chat, the bubbly gal reveals that acting was the last thing she had in her mind when she completed her degree in visual communication from Loyola College, Chennai, and joined for post graduation in digital film making. "I always wanted to have a career in the media, though I come from a family of educationalists. I dreamed of a career behind the camera," she says with a smile. It was her decision to participate in the Miss Chennai contest in 2002, where she was the first runner-up that decided the shift in the choice of her career. "I was selected for the Petite International pageant in the U.S., where I was crowned Miss Photogenic. This news was splashed in almost every newspaper. S. S. Stanley, who was in the look out for a heroine, happened to notice this and offered me the role opposite Dhanush."

Dhanush, was almost like a "friend, philosopher and guide for me," she says. "Even after becoming quite a rage in Tamil, after a series of hits, he is amazingly level-headed and friendly," says Aparna.

Well, her role in `Puthukkottaiyilirunthu Saravanan' was a glamorous one. "Glamour is part of films, you have to accept it. But I feel that it should be limited to the level where the audience does not feel uncomfortable. They should be able to watch the movie along with the whole family. Regarding my role in the film, what I did was required for the character in it. Being my first stint before the camera, the film always remains close to my heart. "Dance, she says, is her greatest passion. "I have been learning bharatanatyam since my childhood. And I dance when I am happy, angry or sad. I love playing the keyboard too." Aparna is also a model who has walked the ramp quite a number of times.

Happy ambience

The shooting for `December' is almost complete now. She plays an MBBS student in the film. "I always had great regard for Malayalam films. And I'm quite happy about the atmosphere in the sets here." But what really stunned her was the natural beauty of places like Kochi, Kuttikkanam and Palakkad, some of the locations for the film. "Though I had heard a lot about the beauty of Kerala, this is much more than what I had thought of," she states.

The actress, who has turned vegetarian since she started associating with People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), will be acting in films like `Anbirkiniya' opposite Abhinay and `Bio Data', directed by Suresh, after completing `December'.

Aparna is well aware of the need to look good, "though beauty is relative." She likes to work out to keep herself fit. Fashion, to her, is comfort and Aparna believes that "a girl looks her best in a sari, generally."

Best critic

Who is her worst critic? "My mom. She always tell me that I could have done better," Aparna answers with a laugh. A second later, looking at her mother who watches the proceedings keenly, she adds, flashing a pearly grin, "Now she tells me that she is proud of me. And I would like to believe her."


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