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FRESH FACE Mamta Mohandas makes her debut in 'Mayookham'

FRESH FACE Mamta Mohandas makes her debut in 'Mayookham'  

Mamta Mohandas, leading lady in `Mayookham', is ushering in the lean look in Malayalam cinema

With quite a number of big projects in her kitty, Mamta Mohandas is already being touted as one of the `next big faces'. She made heads turn even before her maiden film came out. And she is enjoying all the attention showered on her.

Her launch pad in Malayalam filmdom, `Mayookham', directed by Hariharan, has just been released. "I'm careful about choosing my films," says Mamta.

She is currently facing the camera as Mammootty's sister in V.M.Vinu's `Bus Conductor', "in a brief but significant role". Padmakumar's `Khakee' in which she is paired opposite Prithviraj is set to roll soon.

But hold on. Mamta has no plans to limit herself to just Mollywood alone. "I'm waiting for the right break, to get into other languages too. But I'm in no hurry," coos the slim and trim beauty.

Mamta, who originally hails from Kozhikode, had grown up in Bahrain and is currently doing her degree in Mount Carmel, Bangalore. She has been into modelling for quite some time now, doing both print ads for such names as IBM and Kalyan Kendra and on the ramp for the Mysore Maharajah and Raymonds.

"Before films happened, I had plans to do my post graduation in a foreign university and join a financial institution. Now, all that will have to wait for a while. Anyway, I will be appearing for my final year degree exams next March."

Mamta feels that she can fare well in Malayalam in the current scheme of things. But how can she fit in say, as a peculiar Malayali village girl, in a mould perhaps alien to her? "I've been lucky that until now I have been offered roles that I fit into perfectly. Let's see what's in store for me," smiles Mamta. She's quite sure that she can play a village-belle quite convincingly, if she is to enact one.

Okay. Which is her favourite Malayalam film till date? "I haven't seen many but loved `Sargam' a lot. And I never imagined that I would be launched by its director, when I first saw the movie."

Mamta has been trained in Carnatic and Hindustani music, for a few years. "I love singing in Arabic and English too," she adds quickly.

When she has the time, she loves to party and to shop. There are no restrictions on food for her, but she's really careful about keeping fit and thin. "I carry the treadmill wherever I go and I do regular work outs. I smile, laugh and talk a lot to keep my metabolism rate high. But know something, I have been advised to put on some more weight, by some filmmakers," she laughs. Mamta jokes that her kind of slim looks could start off a trend, "which has long been accepted everywhere else".

She states that your character is reflected in the dress that you sport. "Before the camera, you can either be hot and sizzling or vulgar. I certainly won't be vulgar on screen." Some of her friends raised their eyebrows after seeing her on the cover of a film magazine recently. "But I was wearing the traditional Malayali costumes in it," explains she. Her mom escorts her to the film sets. "My parents give me enough support and I love them," sallies the baby.

What does she feel about the recent controversy involving actor Khushboo, where she made some "bold comments" on pre-marital sex? "I feel that you can think freely, but need to speak out carefully. It was wrong on her part to make such a comment in public."

Mamta has her own opinions and views on everything that she feels genuine. No wonder, she thinks that her greatest asset "is my personality."

VIJAY GEORGE

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