BANGALORE: Actress Navya Nair has contributed more to Mollywood in terms of movies, but the actress has still cast a spell upon Sandalwood. Navya, who had left films after marriage, is excited about her comeback film Drishya in Kannada. She is paired opposite Ravichandran in the film directed by P Vasu.
“I haven’t been acting in movies since my marriage, as I am busy with my three-year-old kid. My last film was released two-and-a-half years ago. I had made up my mind that if I came across a project with good actors, a good production house and a good director, I would take it up. And that’s how I picked up Drishya,” Navya explains and further adds, “It would have been no surprise if Mollywood had remembered me and considered me for one of their films after my marriage, because I have done a lot of work there. It was a surprise when I was considered for the Kannada audience. I heard that the producers who are from the Malayalam industry thought about me only after I was recommended by some people from Kannada cinema.”
Now residing in Mumbai, Navya had watched the original film Drishyam in Malayalam and felt that it is wonderful.
“The experience of shooting for the Kannada remake was equally exhilarating, especially with artistes like P Vasu and Ravichandran around. They both have a good body of work and are excellent artistes,” says the actress.
Navya not only enjoyed her role in the film, but also lauded Ravi’s performance. “He is very subtle with his expressions and is very different in the film compared to what he has done till date. Off screen, I found him to be a thorough gentleman,” explains Navya, adding, “My character in Drishya is an uneducated married woman who is a big show-off. She always wants to look beautiful, even if she is at home. Ravi’s life in Drishya revolves around movies. Every dialogue delivered by him is related to cinema.”
Navya considers Drishya more of a family thriller than just another entertainer. “It is not a regional subject, but is universal and has issues that common people can relate to. In fact, when this offer came to me, my husband asked me if I really wanted to play the mother of a 13-year-old girl. But the subject was so good that I accepted it. Even when director Vasu saw me in person, he thought I was too young to play a mother’s role, but I quite enjoyed it,” she says.
Even though she is off silver screen, Navya’s house still buzzes with cinema. “I love everything about cinema, especially the art of filmmaking, dialogues and cinematography. I always watch movies and wait for good releases. My husband is aware of that. I am not at all a good housewife and I am still a movie buff. My husband doesn’t like watching films, but I don’t force him to. I go to theatres with my parents when possible and buy a lot of DVDs. I am happy that my husband has given me the space to be the way I am. I want to direct a film someday, though it might not happen soon,” says Navya.