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Ready to rollMeenakshi

Ready to rollMeenakshi  

It has been a slow and steady climb ever since Meenakshi Dixit made her debut in the movies three years ago. The science graduate from Lucknow says she had to face repeated questions about her name when she signed a film in the South, on whether she named herself Meenakshi Dixit only for the screen, as a mix of Meenakshi Seshadri and Madhuri Dixit. “My name Meenakshi Dixit is my own, not created just for the screen. I auditioned for Saroj Khan’s Nachle Ve while I was studying, because of which Bollywood beckoned.”

Speaking of her experience, she reveals, “I have been performing on stage from standard five in school, and in front of thousands of people too ….at college level, district level and state level competitions. I have trained in Kathak and western dance, I can also call myself a decent singer,”

After Nachle Ve kickstarted her career with television, she started getting offers for Telugu cinema. “I was about to sign a serial when someone approached me for a film from the South. I wondered how that could be possible because of the language. My first film Life Style was directed by Muppalaneni Siva. At that time I wasn’t too clear about my career, I just did this film for fun but by the end of it I realised that I enjoyed doing the film. It was followed by Alexander The Great and Devaraya .”

Being a dancer has helped her in the movies; she finished a dance in Adavi Kachina Vennela that is releasing this Friday, in just one day, much to the surprise of her director and the choreographer. “I did item numbers in Dhookudu and Badshah as they were big banners and it was fun. I also continued modelling,” adds Meenakshi.

Adavi Kachina Vennela starring Arvind Krishna was shot last year, but took long in its post production due to the huge amount of computer graphics in the film. The It is a thriller is a very crucial film for Meenakshi. She quips, “It will be a surprise for people, they have seen me sing and dance but they haven’t watched my full fledged performance in terms of acting. This is a concept-based film and I hope to see people connect with it. Adavi Kachina Vennela is metaphorical, the forest is dark, there are issues but there is moonlight that offers a ray of hope. As Vennela, I ended up doing something good and different.”

Meenakshi’s Tenali Raman in Tamil was a money spinner at the box office. Hindi movie P Se PM Tak is awaiting release. The actor is happy doing mainstream cinema and hopes that her hard work and attitude would fetch her roles from big production houses soon. When she isn’t shooting ‘Ms Dixit’ takes care of her house and plays with her cat. “I make brilliant food for my friends when I am not shooting and am content being the girl next door,” she quips.

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