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It's better late than never, says Tara

Staff Correspondent


`The award belongs to the Kannada film industry ... and all the Kannada movie-goers for whom the film was made'

MYSORE: Actress Tara's phone has not stop buzzing ever since she was declared best actress for her stellar role in "Hasina" at the 52nd National Film Awards announced in New Delhi on Wednesday.

After receiving hundreds of congratulatory messages from her well-wishers, admirers and fans, the jubilant actress, who has brought the Kannada film industry its first-ever best actress award, spoke to presspersons in Mysore on Thursday.

"The award belongs to the Kannada film industry, and I would like to share it with the director of the movie, Girish Kasaravalli, consultant/adviser I.M. Vittalmurthy, the entire team of the movie and all the Kannada movie-goers for whom the film was made," she said, holding back the tears of joy welling up in her eyes.

Tara, who was with her cameraman-husband, Venu, on the sets of a Kannada movie being shot at Pandavapura near here when the news of the award came, said almost everybody in the Kannada film industry had showered her with compliments.

Overwhelmed by the applause for her powerful portrayal of a young Muslim woman in the movie based on a short story, "Benki-Male," authored by the Hassan-based author Bhanu Musthaq, Tara admitted that she wanted to be recognised as a good actress ever since she entered the film world almost two decades ago.

"Even though it has come late, I am happy about it," she said, before adding that this was the best year in her life so far. "I got married this year and the award has followed it. Happiness has taken a long time to come my way. It is better late than never," she said. "I have yearned for a national award. Finally, it has come my way."

For Tara, the award is all the more satisfying as leading Bollywood actresses Aishwarya Rai and Konkana Sen were in the race for their roles in the Hindi films "Raincoat" and "Page 3" respectively. "I am glad that I edged out actresses like Aishwarya Rai and Konkana Sen... " she said.

The actress considers the award a "double bonanza." For, she is also the producer of "Hasina." Tara said she was inspired to produce the movie by the veteran actress Jayamala, whose role in "Thayi Saheba" fetched her a special jury award in 1998.

When asked to differentiate between art and commercial films, Tara said acting in a commercial film is akin to going to school. "But, acting in an art film is like appearing for an examination," she said.

Tara does not subscribe to the view that the Kannada film industry has been affected by poorly made and substandard movies. "I don't think so," she said, adding that the quality of Kannada films has shown a marked improvement during the past year. "The Kannada film industry is as good as any other film industry," she said.

Role in film

In the yet-to-be-released "Hasina," Tara plays the role of a young Muslim woman who has given birth to three girls, one of whom is visually impaired.

When her husband and her in-laws realise that even the fourth child, in her womb, is female, her husband deserts her, and she is left to face a number of challenges.

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