TAMIL NADU

A veteran star at a young age

Actress Meena

Actress Meena  



S.R. Ashok Kumar

"I consider work is worship and think people must work hard to attain whatever they need"

Meena is the latest `crossover' star from films to television. A veteran at a relatively young age, Meena has rubbed shoulders with the who's who of the South Indian film industry, from `Super Actor' Kamal Haasan to `Superstar' Rajnikanth. Meena talks about her experience in movies and also her newfound joy on small screen.

I consider work as worship and believe people must work hard to attain whatever they need. I believe in the saying that one should do one's duty and leave the rest to God.

I started to act in films when I was 4 and have acted in all South Indian films, besides a few Hindi movies. I particularly remember a scene from the film "Babulugadi Debba" (Telugu) in which I acted with Krishnam Raju and Sridevi. I was tied to a post and the scene required me to cry out in pain. When I cried, the director and the actors appreciated my performance. But little did they know that the tears were real and I suffered a real blood clot in my hands because the rope was tied too tight. Only my mother found out the truth later.

Even now everyone remembers my acting with `Superstar' Rajnikanth in "Anbulla Rajinikanth." "Muthu" is my next favourite. I have also done films with all top stars of South India including Kamal Haasan in "Avvai Shanmugi."

I have acted in 172 films till now, including those in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

My first film in Tamil as a heroine was "Oru Puthiya Kadhai" with Prabhuraj, a new face. But it was "En Rasavin Manasile," which had Raj Kiran as a hero and was directed by Kasturi Raja, which gave me a break.

If I am to show some of my films to my grandchildren, I will certainly like them to see "Seetaramayyagari Manavaralu" directed by Karanthi Kumar. Nageswara Rao acted as grandfather and I did the role of his grand-daughter. My other favourites include Tamil film "Rhythm" by Vasanth with Arjun as my co-star, "Muthu" with `Superstar' Rajnikanth and directed by K.S.Ravi Kumar, "Udayananatharam" with Mohanlal and directed by Roshan Andrews, "Swathimuthu" directed by D.Rajendra Babu with Sudeep as co-star.

Even when I was busy in films, people had asked me to do serials. As time was a major constraint, I could not oblige. They then wanted me to do a game show. I did the game show `Housefull' on Jaya TV. While doing the show, I learnt that TV had grown by leaps and bounds. Now I am doing "Lakshmi" that is showing on Sun TV. I am happy with the response of the viewers.

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