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EXCLUSIVE! Nithya Menen: "I never really wanted to be an actor"

Nithya Menen is known for giving us some of the most memorable films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages. With films like O Kadhal Kanmani, Bangalore Days, Ustad Hotel, Mersal and Awe among many others, she has established a loyal fan base and has emerged as one of the biggest stars of the South Indian film industry.

Currently, she is busy promoting her first Hindi film, Mission Mangal. We caught up with the talented actor recently who shed some light on the dichotomy between being an actor and a star.

She said, “Right from day one when I was not a star and nobody knew who I was to today, it has been the same thing for me. I knew that I can only be an actor and that has already been important to me.”

She revealed that she has no plans of becoming an actor. “I never really wanted to be an actor and so I never tried too hard to do anything here. It was never like I wanted to make it as a star. If I did films, I wanted them to be substantial. My focus was something else. It was not about trying to be big and famous. These things were still unimportant to me. That is what kept driving me right from the beginning.”

Quite refreshing, isn’t it?

On a related note, Mission Mangal is based on a team of ISRO scientists who overcome their personal challenges and failures to serve India’s biggest mission to Mars. The film also stars Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi and HG Dattatreya. It is directed by Jagan Shakti. Presented by Fox Star Studios, the film is produced by Fox Star Studios, Cape Of Good Films and Hope Productions. It will hit screens on August 15.

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