Cinema

'You guys have forgotten me'

Seeta turns livid when you ask her the reason for her hiatus from Telugu movies. “I have never given a break; you guys have forgotten me and never give me a meaty role. What is the point in doing two minute roles and going out of memory? I'm from Vizianagaram, please keep it in mind.”

The actor has signed a film in a Vishnu starrer to be directed by Nageswar Reddy in January and a role as Puttaparti Sai Baba's sister-in-law being directed by Kodi Ramakrishna and a Kannada film with Upendra by P. Vasu.

Her forthcoming movie is Nandeeswarudu, a Taraka Ratna starrer.

Currently in Cochin working with Mohan Lal, Seeta says television is like an insurance cover for all artistes who go without work for brief periods; it keeps them busy and pampers them with a good pay packet. Seeta says, “Though I do films, I always make sure I have at least one serial in hand; by the first of every month my cheque gets deposited, irrespective of whether it is a small or big role."

The art of crying

She feels that for those who go without movies for a few months, the money from television will help them to meet commitments. “I have taken up a project for ‘G' channel called Gopura Kalasam that will be launched by the Velayudham producers shortly. On the flip side, we do a lot of weeping and emotional scenes, and I guess we have to deliver what the audience expect from us. I have mastered the art of crying without letting the tears roll out of my eyes. Some people cry hysterically. I need to go through an emotional torture and swallow my tears in these serials.”

As a heroine, she was graceful, draped in saris and long, plaited hair.

Her fans were disappointed when she tonsured her head for a religious purpose but even then she looked beautiful, her favourite accessory being a nose ring.

She adds, “I do put on that DVD and watch those films sometimes. I would have knee length hair and my eyes would always be moist. I would sport a wig because the hair dresser would comb my hair backward and it would fall off. I had to protect my hair. I do love nose rings and sometimes I use my earrings like a nose ring to match my saris.”

Post her divorce from Tamil actor-director Parthiban 11 years back, Seeta remains a happy and a contented woman. “My eldest daughter is tall and beautiful. She has done B.Com and was working. I asked her to look out for another job close to the house as she had to travel 40 km to work. The second daughter, Keertana (remember her from Mani Ratnam's Amruta?) is not interested in acting now. She is working in Mani Ratnam's direction department for a film launching Karthik's son Gautham as the hero. My mother-in-law and my parents live with me and they take care of my daughters when I am at work. That makes my life doubly comfortable.”

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