The reigning heartthrob of south, Nayanthara is back as Anamika in Shekhar Kammula directed Nee Engey En Anbey releasing on May 1(Anamika in Telugu). This film is in the news ever since it was launched as it is an adaptation of Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani.
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For Nayan who has always been a part of big budget films with top heroes and big banners, Nee Engey En Anbey is a big career leap, as she plays a woman- oriented subject for the first time and carries the entire film on her shoulder. But she begs to differ and smiles: “I don’t see myself doing something out-of-the-world. It is another step in doing more diverse and challenging work. When I was offered this role, initially I was hesitant but took it up as a challenge, as I believed in my director and the script”.
Not many know that Nayan was offered many such roles from top production houses to do remakes like Dirty Picture, No One Killed Jessica among others. Ask her why she passed up these offers; she makes it clear that she has to be 100 percent convinced if the so called remakes will work with the sensibilities of south Indian audiences.
Says Nayan: “ I think everyone will connect with my role as Anamika and I am there throughout the film. It is a well-made film with no commercial trappings and is taken in a very realistic manner. I still remember that I was just dropped at Hyderabad old city of Charminar where the film is set and asked to walk among the crowds. Camera was playing candid and it was a new experience for me”.
It was not easy filming Nee Engey En Anbey as Hyderabad was extremely hot and most of the film was shot in real locations of crowded Charminar and outdoors. Nayan recalls: “The heat and dust used to take a toll on me, and I used to get dehydrated. We had to shoot every scene two times as it was shot in Tamil and Telugu. But honestly, at the end of it, it was a very satisfying experience. I am happy that I did something different from the run-of-the-mill”.
Nee Engey En Anbey is truly a very raw, realistic film with songs as BGM and it releases big on May 1 in both Tamil and Telugu. Nayan quips: “I don’t think this film will disappoint anyone and it has given me confidence to take up more strong heroine-oriented subjects in future”.
Modest words indeed from someone who is counted as the reigning queen of Tamil cinema.