chat Candid Nitya Menon talks about her latest flick and life beyond movies
D ressed in simple off-white cotton anarkali, sans make up, the petite actress Nitya Menon sits silently and awaits the start of the audio release function of Ala Modhalaindhi. She looked resplendent with her flowing lovely curls and kohl-lined eyes. Incidentally, the Malayalam beauty's career happened by chance and not choice. She made her debut when she was just eight years old in an English film and was part of a Malayalam movie at 17. Even now, she says her dream is to start a wildlife reserve or get into full-time photography. A journalism graduate from Manipal University, Nitya Menon says she had worked with many women directors including Nandini Reddy. All of them were brilliant, intelligent and sensitive. Even though she loved the current script, she did the role for emotional reasons. The director happens to be her best friend.
Moreover, Nitya has lent her voice in two songs for the Telugu movie and has even dubbed for it. The modest star says that she didn't have to try too hard for it because she believes that singing, dancing or acting skills are inborn. Even though her parents are encouraging towards her film career, her extended family is not too happy with it. Her granny wants her to marry and have a child. She says, “We are a middle class conservative family and their attitude towards films is not right.” She maintains that each film that she had worked in is handpicked and she is proud of it. Her criterion is to ensure working in projects that her parents won't be embarrassed watching. Has she seen any Telugu film? Yes she has, her first Telugu film is Magadheera which she watched with her co-stars on the first day. She adds, “I enjoy watching such stuff but I don't see myself doing mass films where the heroine has nothing to do except looking good, glamorous. I can act, however, there are a lot of other people who cannot act and they can do those things.” The candid actress says she doesn't watch too many films or idolize anyone, only because movies are not her passion and she has no dreams related to it.
y. sunita chowdhary
I don't see myself doing mass films where the heroine has nothing to do except looking good