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    Bangalore’s Nandita loves comedy, knows her limitations and finds ‘playing the innocent’ difficult

    HAVING started as a college girl Poorni in Attakathi to playing a 1980s village belle in her latest release Mundaasupatti, actress Nandita is getting tagged as ‘homely’.  A favourite among first timers and off beat directors, this Bangalore girl promises a never-seen-before Nandita in her upcoming film, Idam Porul Eval. That’s not all, as she is also going to be seen shaking a leg for the first time on screen in Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidya Sigamani. More from the actress:

    I love comedy and I do not think all the actresses can do comedy. After doing the role of Kumudha in Idharkuthane Aasaipattai Balakumara, people come up to me and ask the iconic question, “Kumudha happy?” (the hero repeats this dialogue in the movie) and it makes me feel so happy.

    Playing an innocent girl is very difficult. Sometimes to get into the village character, I stop watching television for weeks and I go spend time playing games with village girls. I actually had a Kumudha hangover too. My directors would often comment, “There she is gone so deep into the character, it will take her days to come out of it.” I cannot tell right away if a person is making innuendoes. I take time to realise that.

    The first time I wore a half sari was for a movie. I have done several rustic roles and I like it. When a glamorous role comes to me, I ask myself if I can do justice to it and then ask the director if he has the confidence in me. I know my limitations and I cannot just transform into this modern girl. It has to be gradual. The audience should be able to digest the fact that Nandita can also look like this.

    I am waiting to see how the audience will react to my role in Aindhaam…. in which I play a city girl and I dance for the first time. Till date, my role in Idam Porul Eval has been the toughest. I play a tom-boy, fighting with people, with realistic make up and a loud character.

    Idam Porul Eval  is scheduled to release in the second half of the year.

    -Mrinalini Sundar

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