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cinema Nikita has not allowed her ‘not-so-happening' film career to dampen her zest for life.

Nikita Photo: Raju V.
Nikita Photo: Raju V.

T he great purpose of life is to live it and Nikita Thukral is doing exactly that. For this Punjabi girl born and brought up in Mumbai, success is not the key to happiness but happiness is the key to success. The Punjabi kudi is returning to Telugu films with Apartment, a suspense thriller, after a year-long hiatus.

A mere reference to Hi, her debut film, is enough to get her crackling zestfully. “It all happened at Sun-n-Sand hotel when Rama Naidu sir walked up to me and asked if I would do E.V.V. Satyanarayana's film. I was just 17 and was doing plus two. The best part of the film was shooting in foreign locales. Language was a major problem. But I slowly managed it,” she chirps.

She talks with great passion about her other projects like Sambaram, Kalyan Ramudu, Don, Saroja and Chintakayala Ravi. “I feel I am lucky to be still around. Look at many other heroines of my times who had a great launch with top heroes of the industry but vanished as one-film-wonders,” she says. The actress who has the art of pleasing without effort, doesn't believe in harbouring unrealistic expectations. “I have taken a lot of risk in my career by trying different roles. In Don, I played a role with a negative shade. Just look at my face and tell me if you can imagine me holding a gun in my hand,” asks the 27-year-old lady with great deal of innocence.

She pursued an MA in economics aspiring to be an advisor in stock market. Was there any opposition from parents against her film career? “My father said ‘never let my head hang in shame' and I have always kept that in mind.”

Nikita has acted in 33 films in all south Indian languages. “I was busy doing Kannada films. I have acted with top heroes like Punit Rajkumar, Darshan and Upendra. Her father's death a couple of months ago has made her more mature. “It kind of served as a reminder that life is too short. I want to make the best of it and I want all the happiness in the world for my mom,” she says emphatically.

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