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Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY
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In focus The two lead actors from ‘Neeku naaku dash dash' are raring to go after the success of their debut film

Gen NextactorsPrince and Nandita
Gen NextactorsPrince and Nandita

Two youngsters made their debut last week. Both of them director Teja's discoveries, have an endearing quality; Prince and Nandita exude innocence, look fresh and vulnerable. Prince recalls the ordeal of the audition, “It wasn't easy getting through the talent hunt that got 70 thousand applications and being filtered and everyone wanted to play the lead. The screen test too gave us tense moments. We were seven or eight from all over the state. I was a bit apprehensive because all of them were good looking and were performing very well. But I hoped to be lucky. We went through training for a month and a day of the shooting, they told us their choice. The filmmakers themselves couldn't decide till the last moment as the tussle was so tight. I threw a party for my friends when I got selected,” says Prince.

Prince, a Syrian Christian from Kerala, is an engineering student and their family has been in Vishakapatanam for the past 25 years; It is just for the past six months the actor has been in Hyderabad. So has he decided to take up films as a career, what about his studies? “Who doesn't want to be a star? I'm in the 3rd year but I guess I will have to complete it now through distance education,” quips Prince.

Nandita is a B.Com student from St. Francis College and she relives the moment when she saw the film with family and friends, “My parents loved the film but they are shocked that I could actually act, they are used to seeing me as a calm girl. Teja groomed me entirely, and kept stressing always that I was Gayatri and not Nandita and that I should behave like her and not like a granny. He said no make up for me as I was a village girl and looked a bit unkempt.”

Did Prince enjoy the running around in the forest in Araku? “I don't want to do it again. I had cuts and cracks on my feet and it is yet to heal. The camera would be on and when I run and the footwear would come off but I had to continue. However, during those three months of shooting, I missed my family.At Araku, my mother came to see me.”

Nandita recollects the best compliment she received was that her eyes were expressive and despite being a newcomer she did a great job. She adds, “I love dancing and I got to show my work only in the intro song. I hope to get good offers.”

With supportive parents the fledgling actors are on a high. With some more experience and effort from their side and encouragement from the industry, Telugu cinema is headed to embrace Gen Next actors with positivity

Y. SUNITA CHOWDHARY

It wasn't easy getting through the talent hunt that got seventy thousand applications

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