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y. sunita chowdhary
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chat Nithya Menen heaps praises on the Telugu audience for their recognition of her work. y. sunita chowdhary

Nithya Menen brings with her to the Telugu film industry 15 years of acting experience in Tamil and Malayalam cinema yet she exudes freshness and plenty of charm. She became a familiar face after Ala Modalaindi and now speaks reasonably good Telugu. Considering that she did strong content oriented movies down South, does she regret running around trees?

“I got an offer from Nandini; I heard, liked and did it. That becoming a hit is something I didn’t plan or expect. Even in Telugu I do my best to do films that I’ve never done earlier. It’s a wrong notion that down South they do great films. Bad and good films are made in every language.” Nithya says what keeps her going in Telugu cinema is the appreciation, love, recognition that she gets; all the hard work she put in Malayalam never fetched her such recognition. “I’ve done some fantastic cinema there but I got my first State Award from Andhra Pradesh, none from Kerala.”

But isn’t she being typecast as an innocent girl always? “I was just 21 during Ala Modalaindi. That was me not my character Nitya in the film. Four years later I can’t be the same person. I grew quickly as a human being and it reflects in my films. I find it hard when they want me to be bubbly but I can’t be something that I am not at this point of my life…but I do try. Who I am and what I have become reflect on the camera,” she explains.

The actor is now doing an assertive character in actor-turned-director Rohini’s debut movie in Tamil that has Nasser, Pasupathy, Salim and so on. “Girls would earlier dance and vanish, I wanted to show that being an actor I too can be a selling factor and make a huge difference. I can’t judge if a film will run well or not. I don’t think too much, I detach completely the minute I’m done. Even the dubbing seems to be an extra thing for me because I have already moved on.”

Earlier I would do it only if I wanted to, but now I feel a pressure if I don’t do anything for a while.


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