May 14, 2009
"I never chalked out a career in modeling and films. I won a pageant and offers poured in." What started out as a hobby became a platform of opportunity for the chirpy Hamsa Nandini who just graduated in commerce and has enrolled in a PG in human resources. Poonam re-christened Hamsa Nandini by Ilayaraja and Vamsi is two films old. Hamsa Nandini is the name of a classical raga and sounds so melodious and traditional and the tall actress without a demur chose it as her screen name as there were too many Poonams in the film industry. Her debut film Anumanaspadam was directed by Vamsi and her second film Adhineta has just released.
Hamsa is born and brought up in Pune and moved to Mumbai to endorse brands and commercials. She had been into advertising even when she was in the eleventh standard and currently the actress is balancing her modeling and acting career perfectly. She says, "After Anumanspadam, I went back to walk the Fashion Week and was just looking for a break, when I landed this offer in Adhineta." Ask her why her make up looked so loud and harsh in Anumanaspadam, she says she had little say as it was her first film and she didnít want to question a senior like Vamsi. He probably had a concept in mind and I fit the bill perfectly, she adds.
Hamsa lost her mother to cancer a couple of years back, the one and only girl in the family she is constantly has her father for company. "My dad means everything to me, he handles my PR," quips the actress. So how was the response for her role as a police officer in Adhineta? She says she has been overwhelmed by the audiences reaction to her action role and describes the effort she put in to learn kick boxing. She would wake up at 4 am and train with her fight master on the terrace and they shot non stop for seven days with a lorry almost hiking on her, a scene she says which was very imperative for the film. The role she adds was close to her heart, "I am quite a straight forward person by nature and get put off by pseudos."
The actress says she is not interested in running around tress, a little bit is okay but beyond that itís a strict NO for her. Iíd rather do a correct role than umpteen glamorous characters, Iím even game to offbeat cinema but yes since Iím an adventurous person, I see my self doing an action film some day, a la Vijayashanti" she guffaws.