Veteran actress Nirosha had the perfect launch in Mani Ratnam’s cult classic, 'Agni Natchathiram'. Coming out of the shadows from the famous surname is not easy, but she did it with elan carving a niche for herself in the industry. In this chat with us, the actress recalls her love story with actor Ramki, some life-threatening incidences and more.
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With her father being one of the legends of Tamil Cinema, and at the time when her sister Radikaa was ruling the industry, Nirosha had the perfect launch in Mani Ratnam’s cult classic, Agni Natchathiram. Coming out of the shadows from the famous surname is not easy, but she did it with elan carving a niche for herself in the industry. In this chat with us, the actress recalls her love story with actor Ramki, some life-threatening incidences and more.
Though my entire family was into films, I wanted to become a doctor. Many directors and actors in the industry knew me from a very young age, as they visit our place often. In fact, Mani Ratnam offered me the lead role in Kamal’s Naayagan. But I didn’t take it up as I had no interest in films. It’s my sister who asked me to pursue my career in acting and that’s how Agni Natchathiram happened.
Fun on the sets
I was never a serious actor. I go to the sets like how I hang out with my friends. I used to talk a lot with my costars, and even prank them. Agni Natchathiram was more like a vacation to me as Mani Ratnam pampered me. And Karthik is my good friend, too. Even before the release of the film, I started shooting for Senthoora Poove, and a Malayalam film with Vineeth. I got lots of offers from Telugu and Malayalam as well. I used to shoot for more than three films a day without taking any break.
I am still unable to get over the incident. I was shooting for a song from, Senthoora Poove, where I had to sit on the edge of a rock near a falls. It was quite slippery, and my brother Mohan had warned us about it. I was a little confident as I know how to swim. But another girl, who was with me on the rock, slipped and pulled me in. The unit didn’t react to the incident quickly as they were busy setting up their cameras and other equipment. Later my brother understood that we were in trouble and jumped into the river to rescue us.
The meeting of two hearts
My love story was yet another accident (smiles). I met Ramki for the first time only during the shoot of Senthoora Poove. Initially, we both were a little hesitant to talk to each other as we didn’t know before. Thinking that I am a girl with a lot of attitude and arrogance, he used to pick fights with me on the sets. Initially, we didn’t get along well. But as the days passed by, I started liking him a lot.
In fact, there was a scene in the film which was entirely filmed on a moving train. I would have got crushed between the two compartments during a shot. It was Ramki, who rescued me from the mishap, and made sure I am fine. Maybe that’s the moment I fell in love with him. But to be frank, both of us had never expressed our love for each other. Later, we acted together in a lot of films. Even producers thought that we are lucky pair on screen and used to sign both of us.
After I got married to Ramki in 1998, I decided to take a break from cinema. I wanted to enjoy that phase of being a homemaker and I loved it as well. But again, after almost six years, my sister called me to act under her production. I couldn’t deny her. She even convinced my husband saying that her office is just two streets away from my place (smiles).
I have acted in a lot of films, but I never got upset about anything. I was a part of this hit TV show Chinna Paapa Periya Paapa, where I shared screenspace with Sri Priya ma’am. After some time, she got busy with other projects and decided to quit the show. I became upset, as I wasn’t able to imagine any other actor in her place. I cried a lot and fought with the team and said I can’t do this show anymore without her. I can never forget that incident as the show is very close to my heart.
Cinema now, and then
There were no caravans before. We actors used to interact a lot and keep the entire set lively. These days, actors sit all alone in their caravan, and come out only when they are called for their scene. Also, films run in theatres for at least fifty days, but now it’s just a matter of three days.
I am currently shooting for a Telugu film, which revolves around the story of a mother-son relationship. It’s a beautiful film, and I am sure it will be my comeback of sorts.