After playing minor roles for over two decades in several films, 48-year-old Malayalam actor Nandalal Krishnamurthy, popularly known as Nandu, had finally hit pay dirt in the Mohanlal starrer Spirit. The performance in the 2012 film fetched Nandalal the South Indian International Movie Award for the best supporting actor in a Malayalam film.
Nandu has been busy after the success of Spirit,
directed by Ranjith. The actor has acted in about 85
films, mostly small roles, since his debut in 1987 but in over
one-and-a-half years after Spirit, he has done about 30
movies, including superhit Mammootty starrer Immanuel,
directed by Lal Jose. His debut film was 1987 Mohanlal-starrer
Sarvakalasala directed by Venu Nagavalli. His relatives
had urged Nagavalli to offer him a role as he (Nandu) was whiling
away his time. He has acted mostly in Priyadarshan movies,
including five Hindi films.
On the super hit movie Spirit, he said "I do not know if Ranjith
wrote the script with someone else in mind. But it was he who
called me to do the role, and the rest is history." In the movie,
Nandu played the role of an alcholic plumber Mani. In the film,
there was a scene where Nandu thrashed his wife mercilessly, a role
enacted by Kalpana.
"That scene gives me jitters. Kalpana is a good friend, and
though you are acting, it took some nerve to beat a woman. But the
brutality had to be portrayed on screen, and I just went and did
it," he told PTI. It was a lengthy shot, and Ranjith used two
cameras. It came out well, he said.