When I look at a Shobana or Kanchana, that's completely not me: Nithya Menen

Thursday 01st September 2022 03:36 EDT

Actress Nithya Menen is currently basking in the phenomenal response for her latest Tamil release ‘Thiruchitrambalam’. The movie has grossed over £5 million in its opening weekend worldwide. Nithya’s character of Shobana, who plays Dhanush’s ever-positive neighbour and best friend has been one of the most-loved characters.

In a recent interview, the actress said it’s not always the character alone that gets her excited to sign a project. “When I hear something, it needs to be sensible, needs to be real, needs to be an actual film. It’s very simple. It needs to be a real story that wants to be told,” she said. Nithya added there are two ways to package a film. “When it comes to commercial cinema, you pick and choose what you want and package it in a way that you can sell it to the audience. That is not something that excites me. I choose films that make a little more sense with a genuine story that wants to be told.”

She further explains that she doesn’t follow a process when it comes to picking a role. “From a creative perspective, an artist will never over analyse anything. You just go with your feeling and instinct. If I look at an Ok Kanmani, I say that's so me and I could play it. But when I look at a Shobana or Kanchana, that's completely not me and I tell myself how challenging it'd be to play these roles. I don’t really plan it out. Acting is not a profession for me. I see acting as an extension of who I’m.”

Nithya also revealed directorial plans and is hopeful of fulfilling them soon. “There are ideas and I've spoken about them. But these are not things that can happen like that. I need to make sure it's something worthwhile and good. I've always been a writer and filmmaker by spirit. It'll definitely happen at some point.

On the work front, Nithya is looking forward to the release of two Malayalam films - ‘Aaram Thirukalpana’ and a project with Anjali Menon. She also has the third season of Amazon Prime’s ‘Breathe’ and a Telugu original titled ‘Kumari Srimati’.

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