For 21-year-old Nakshatra, daughter of yesteryear actress Sumithra and director D Rajendra Babu, her mother’s inspiration and the constant encouragement she received from her father motivated her to join the Kollywood bandwagon.
Having done two films in Kannada already, Nakshatra will soon to make her debut in Tamil with ‘Doo’, opposite Sanjay, the hero of ‘Munthinam Partheney’. She is also awaiting the release of her debut in Malayalam, ‘Vaidooryam’, directed by Saseendra K Shankar.
“I’ve noticed that the role as heroine during the times when my mother was the female lead, had their share of importance in the script. Their roles had something meaningful to offer and their characterization was very distinct and significant,” says Nakshatra and adds, “It’s a different scenario today. I have to struggle a lot and choose scripts accordingly to prove my mettle on lines of my mother.”
The bubbly actress will also be seen in another Tamil flick, ‘Marudhavel’, opposite Kailash. “In the last two years, I had acted in ‘Saregama’ and ‘Gokula’ (both Kannada films), after which ‘Vaidooryam’ happened. In ‘Vaidooryam’, I play the role of Gayathri, a strong woman who faces hardships and goes through emotional trauma to win her love,” she explains.
Though big actresses such as Kaavya Madhavan were considered for her role in ‘Vaidooryam’, the director decided to go ahead with a fresh face instead. “Basically I’m a reserved person but this film required me to be bold and daring,” she recalls. Shot in Kerala, the actress will be seen clad in traditional attires and speaking Malayalam. “There is a song sequence in the film where
I’ve danced amid fire, which was very risky. I never told my mother about it. In fact, she plays the role of the hero’s mother. Another major challenge that I faced was learning the language,” reveals Nakshatra.
During the shooting of ‘Doo’, directed by Sriram Padmanabhan with Sanjay in the lead, the young actress recollects the fun she had with the cast and crew members. “The rapport we shared with each other made us all good friends. I don’t know whether I will get such an entertaining project again,” Nakshatra smiles.
In ‘Doo’, she plays a character in complete contrast to what she did in ‘Vaidooryam’. She says, “I play the role of Swapna, a bubbly girl, who has been brought up by her dad. This upbringing makes her an upright and self-dependent character.” She has another film, ‘Marudhavaelu’, in her kitty.
She doesn’t disclose much about her role in that movie, “Kailash is the lead and there are two heroines. I come in the second half of the film as a lawyer. That’s about it.” Do her parents help in choosing scripts? She reveals, “I discuss scripts with mom and dad, and only after that I arrive at any decision” she says and adds that she’s enjoying a short break. “Once these films get released, I will decide on other projects. I am open to doing a film in any language as long as my character is good and interesting.”