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Sense and sensitivity

LIZA GEORGE

`Thingalum Tharakangalum' focusses on the positive aspects of youth.



The Thingalum Tharakangalum crew

She was the dream girl of yesteryear. After making her mark in both the big and small screen, Seema will now be seen in the serial, `Thingalum Tharakangalum' on Amrita TV.

`Thingalum Tharakangalum,' directed by Purushottaman, who has directed serials such as `Killikkoddu,' and `Snehadooram,' is about three young women from different walks of life who plan to start an old age home and how their paths cross that of Bala Saraswati's.

Says the director, "It's not a usual tear-jerker. The serial shows the positive aspects of youth. It shows these three girls played by Neelima, Shelly and newcomer, Anu, reaching out to senior citizens and lending them a helping hand."

On Seema's role in `Thingalum Tharakangalum,' he says, "Seema plays a well-known singer who fades into oblivion. Unknown to the three youngsters, she helps them start an old age home. When they discover their benefactress' identity, the bond of friendship that forms, and how she becomes a sort of foster mother to them forms her role in the serial."

According to Purushottaman, the serial was originally meant with the late actor Sree Vidya in mind.

Tribute to Sri Vidya

"I worked with her in `Snehadooram.' We were discussing story ideas when she narrated her experience as a Carnatic singer. I was inspired by some of her experiences as a singer and modified them and turned it into a script. She saw it and was interested. We planned to call it `Sakhi.' The script was rewritten after Sree Vidya's demise. This serial, however, is a sort of tribute to her," says Purushottaman.



On the sets of Thingalum Tharakangalum

Seema, who has acted in soaps such as `Chillu' and `Muhurtam,' is keeping her fingers crossed and hopes that the audience will accept her in the role of Bala Saraswati. "Although I'm not a trained singer, I think it should be easy to grasp, as I am a trained dancer," says Seema.

She says she likes to experiment and do roles that she feels she can do justice to. "However, most directors know what roles best suit me, so I do not have a tough time going through scripts."



Seema

The actor has also done several Tamil serials such as `Anpulla Snehithae' and `Chinne Pappa, Periya Pappa.'

"It was actually K. Balachander who persuaded me to join the mini screen. His `Ammavukku Randilu Raahu,' where I play a grumpy old lady was my debut in soaps. "

`Thingalum Tharakangalum' also stars Venu Nagavally,M.G. Gopakumar, and Geetha Nair. The serial is telecast on weekdays at 19.30.

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