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A different act

Remya Nambeesan is fast emerging as Mollywood's sweetheart



ON A ROLL Remya Nambeesan is riding high on the success of `Aanachandam'

Her heart-warming smile on television has charmed many a viewer in the past. So it comes as no surprise to see Remya Nambeesan as the emerging heroine of Malayalam cinema. She knows that her role as a bold dance teacher in director Jayaraj's latest film `Aanachandam,' is just a stepping stone towardsa career in the film industry.

"The popularity of the show `Hello Good Evening' made me popular because I was allowed to interact informally with the callers," she says of the show that went on to become more than just another regular phone-in programme. Aired live, she conversed with the callers, read out viewers' responses and played their favourite songs. The programme on Kairali TV was followed by roles in movies such as `Gramaphone' and `Perumazhakalam.'

Remya faced the camera for the first time while she was still in high school for director Sharath's `Saayanam' where she played granddaughter to O. Madhavan's character.

"The opportunity to act as Jayaram's heroine in `Aanachandam' came from the blue with a call from the director. It was an unforgettable experience," she recalls adding, " I remember watching movies where Jayaram portrays the hero while I was in Class Two. If he is still playing the hero in films it shows his calibre as an actor. He helped me with so many scenes in the film without any airs and he has a wonderful sense of humour.

Support system

"My family is my support system. They are as encouraging as they are critical, especially my father, P.N. Subrahmnyan Unni. He takes a great deal of interest in my activities. I missed almost a month of classes at college during the shoot but my teachers and classmates made sure I made up for the lost time," she smiles. This final year student of Communicative English at St. Teresa's College, Ernakulam, pursues classes in music and dance and loves to escape to the world of M.T. Vasudevan Nair and Madhavikutty whenever she finds the time. "I also enjoy eating," she says.

The rising star hopes to play roles that are related to social issues. Sarada and Manju Warrier top her list of favourite actors. "I'd like to enact characters that convey a message to the public. But I'm open to any role which I feel I can portray confidently," she says.

SAJINI V. SAHADEVAN

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