‘It came out of the blue’

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face-to-face A dream debut notwithstanding, Thulasi Nair wants to focus on studies

Thulasi Nair

Thulasi Nair is all of 15, studying in Class X and preparing for her board exams. Like any youngster of her age, she chalks out her time between studies and hanging out with her friends once a week. When she is not buried in her curriculum, she plays basketball and reads fiction. What sets this girl apart is she will soon make her debut in Kadal .

“I am very studious, and it came out of the blue when mom told me that Mani sir wanted to meet me,” says Thulasi. “Since my mom (actor Radha) and sister (Karthika) are into movies, I thought maybe I should also try it out.”

She went through a series of pre-production workshops conducted by Kalairani before the schedule. Though born and brought up in Mumbai, Thulasi is fluent in Tamil and can speak a smattering of Telugu. “My parents are strict; they made me promise that I will find time to study. So after shooting, I would go and take tuitions over Skype,” she says.

Thulasi has watched her mom’s movies as a child but re-watched some of them after she started acting.

“I watched her first film Alaigal Oyvathillai at least 10 times and was in awe of the chemistry she shared with Karthik,” says Thulasi. She says both her mom and sister stepped back since she was in the able care of Mani Ratnam. “They only told me to be brave in front of the camera.”

Thulasi is already working on her second film Yaan , directed by cinematographer Ravi K. Chandran, but insists education is her priority. “I am good at studies, and know that education is indispensable. I want to become an entrepreneur like my dad. I think I have it in me to become a businesswoman,” she says.

Talk to her about cinema, and she grins widely, “I am a huge fan of Vijay and Suriya.”

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