Nivetha Pethuraj, who was recently crowned Miss India UAE, has said she is a huge fan of Ilayathalapathy Vijay, in one of her recent interviews to Deccan Chronicle.
The Madurai-born girl, who has spent more than 10 years in Dubai, know her roots and is in love with Tamil movies.
Nivetha, who made her acting debut with Oru Naal Koothu, which released in cinemas today (June 10), has admitted that she is more comfortable while working in Tamil Nadu and communicating in her mother tongue.
"I love Tamil movies and have always wanted to be an actress. I was quite particular that I make my acting debut in a Tamil film because I am more comfortable in my mother tongue. After winning the pageant, I came to Chennai," she told the leading daily.
She thinks the makers of Oru Naal Koothu roped her in because of her knowledge in Tamil.
"Though I've been in Dubai for more than a decade, my native is Madurai. One of the reasons I think why the makers chose me is because I am fluent in Tamil. I had read the script a number of times to be convinced of my role and I was confident about it," she has said.
So, how was she treated during her shoot? The actress has said, she couldn't have asked for a better debut. "They never made me feel like a newcomer. I was very comfortable on the sets. I got to learn a lot from everybody. In fact, I couldn't have asked for a better debut."
Talking about the film, Nivetha has said, "We shot in and around Chennai in places like OMR. The story revolves around three different episodes and some questions, which arise when we talk about marriage. My portion is sort of a romantic-comedy. The present-day audience can easily relate themselves to this film."
Not surprisingly, Nivetha seems to know whom to pick as her favourites from the industry.
"I would love to work with Mani Ratnam sir some day. Among actresses, I like Simran and Nayanthara. I am also a huge Ilayathalapathy fan," she has said.