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"No one will be a competitor to me" - Tamanna

By: Sankar
Friday, February 09, 2007
Any artist who has skill and personality would get his or her share in Tamil film industry. A number of examples can illustrate this; for instance the case of Tamanna.

South Indian film world has been witnessing the entry of new faces from Kerala rather than those from North, which was the case earlier. Tamanna is an exception. The young Sindhi girl is making waves in Tamil and Telugu films following K.D, in which she was cast opposite Ravi Krishna. Though the film flopped disastrously, Tamanna won rave reviews and and started getting offers. Her character in K.D. was a kind of offbeat one coupled with negative shades like 'Neelambari' in Padayappa.

Tamanna's first film was Sri with Manoj, son of actor turned politician Mohanbabu. The film became a smash hit in Telugu and seeing her performance in that film, director Jyothi Krishna signed her for his K.D, produced by his father A.M.Rathnam. Even before her entry into Tamil film industry, Tamanna appeared in many ad films for big companies like Sakthi Masala, RMKV, Saravana etc., which made her quite popular in Tamil house holds.

Now she has a handful of films in Tamil as well as Hindi and has already given dates to directors Shakthi Chidambaram and Balaji Shakthivel. When our correspondent met her on the sets of Vyapari at AVM Studios, she shared her experience in Tamil film industry.

'Tamil is not an unknown language to me. In fact I know this language fluently enough to speak. But to save the viewers, I accepted Suchi's voice for dubbing (but Tamanna's voice is not so bad as she said). Many have thought that the husky voice is mine.

I did not expect such a rousing reception for me. In fact my first film was a flop. I am indeed thankful and will be very trustful to the Tamil viewers.'

Tell me the projects you signed recently?
Many know this. My next movie is Vyapari, in which I'm acting as a lover of S.J.Surya. It is a very thrilling experience to act with actors like S.J.Surya. This film might be released next month. And the other project is with director Balaji Shakthivel. In Telugu, I have signed two films. There are two more projects in Hindi awaiting me.

Would you like to continue as a glamour Heroine?
Why not... I don't mind doing glamorous roles as long as they are not vulgar.

Ileana, your co-heroine in K.D. has become a top heroine in Telugu. Is there any frustration...
No, certainly not. And I don't like these comparisons. Let me live and perform in my own style. No one will be a competitor to me.

Who is your favourite hero?
Not one...many. Rajni sir is my all time favourite hero. I would be very happy if there is a chance to act with him even in a small role. Vijay, Ajith and Surya are also my favourite heroes.

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