I am greedy when it comes to success, says Namitha

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Actor Namitha Photo: V. Ganesan
Actor Namitha Photo: V. Ganesan

S.R. Ashok Kumar

"I believe that you cannot survive here only with good looks or glamour"

Namitha refuses to be branded as a glamour doll. After working in south Indian films, one English movie and a Gujarati film, the tall actress asserts that she is a heroine of substance and is still greedy for meaty roles and greater success.

I have two different sides. One is a very professional and dedicated person. The other is that of a lazy person.

My first brush with the camera was when I was four. I asked my father to take pictures of me and from then on, I fell in love with the camera. When I was 14, I acted in a Gujarati film as the heroine. It was a hit and I got a few awards too.

I was introduced in the South with the Telugu film "Sontham" in 2002. My second movie was "Gemini", a remake of the Tamil film with the same name. After its success, I did five movies in Telugu and only after that I got an offer to do "Engal Anna" with Vijayakanth.

I have done 18 films, including 11 in Tamil and five in Telugu. Now, I am working in an English film `Maya', directed by Erric Manning.I am very greedy when it comes to success. I have set myself very high standards and will not sit idle at all.I shifted to Chennai mainly because I feel people here are very loving, caring and have a lot of respect [for me]. But I think young men in Tamil Nadu are very shy and pay more attention to their studies. My ideal man should be tall, dark, and handsome. But who knows ... ? I may meet a young man who does not fit any of these requirements, but I may still fall in love with him. Nothing is permanent.

Parthiban's film `Pachakudhirae' helped me prove my talent. When the film came out, everybody realised that Namitha, apart from being glamorous, could also act. I believe that you cannot survive here only with good looks or glamour. I did four films with director Shakthi Chidambaram and two movies with director Venkatesh.

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