Popular actress Nagma, who once ruled the Southern film industry in the 90s, has been approached to essay an important role in director Sai Dharma Teja's upcoming Telugu project, which is yet-to-be-titled. Teja, who is awaiting the release of forthcoming directorial venture 1000 Abaddalu, says Nagma was the first choice for the character.
"I have approached her, but I haven't signed her yet. We are still in the discussion stage and it's too early to comment more on this. If she comes on board, then she will essay an important role in a unique love story," Teja told IANS. "She was my first choice because it's the kind of the role I knew she would do justice to if she takes it up. I'm positive that she could pull it off with ease," he added.
Nagma was last seen in 2002 Telugu romantic-comedy Allari Ramudu. Since then she had become a sought-after actress in Bhojpuri. Known for Telugu films such as Killer, Allari Alludu and Rikshavodu, Nagma has also featured in Tamil hits such as Baasha and Kadhalan.
Nagma - A Perfect Example Of National Integration
An actress with a Muslim name, a Hindu father and born on Christmas, is a perfect example of national integration. Although she started off with a bang in Bollywood with topmost banners, actors and directors, she became a major star in the South and remained so for a decade.
Nagma's Films In 10 Languages
Entering the film industry at a young age, Nagma is probably the only actress of her kind to have played a variety of roles in over 100 movies spanning 10 different languages, which allowed her to travel extensively to shooting locales across India and the world. This kaleidoscopic exposure to different languages and cultures has helped significantly broaden her horizon as an actress as well as a human being.
Nagma With Nagarjuna
Nagma, whose real name is Nandita Morarji, debuted in films with Salman Khan's Baaghi, which was seventh highest grossing film in 1990. Later, she moved South to star in Telugu and Tamil movies at the behest of her friend Divya Bharti. She entered Tollywood with Akkineni Nagarjuna's action-thriller Killer in 1991. She also starred with Nag in Peddinti Alludu, Sabse Bada Mawali, Allari Alludu, Varasudu, Khel Khiladi Ka and Miya Biwi Aur Saali.
Nagma With Megastar Chiranjeevi
Nagma teamed up with Megastar Chiranjeevi in director K Raghavendra Rao's 1992 film Gharana Mogudu, which was a Blockbuster of the year. She played Chiru's love interest in the movie. After three years, the couple paired up once again for the movie Rikshavodu.
Nagma With NTR And Mohan Babu
Impressed with her acting, director K Raghavendra Rao once again roped in Nagma for 1993 film Major Chandrakanth. She appeared alongside veteran actor NTR and Mohan Babu in the movie.
Nagma With Nandamuri Balakrishna
Nagma starred with Nandamuri Balakrishna in K Raghavendra Rao's movie Ashwamedham in 1992. With the film becoming hit at the AP Box Office, it was later dubbed in Hindi as Aakhri Inteqam, co-starring Amirsh Puri.
Nagma With Victory Venkatesh
The actress has also worked with Victory Venkatesh in the movie Kondapalli Raja, which was directed by Ravi Raja and produced by Sri Chowdamini Creations. Their chemistry was proved successful at the Box Office. Later, they worked together in movies like Gangmaster, Super Police and Sarada Bullodu.
Nagma With Dr Rajasekar
In 1994, Nagma teamed up with Dr Rajasekar for the movie Aavesam, which was directed by Kodiramakrishna and produced under Ram Prasad Art Pictures. She once again joined hands with him for the movie Gangmaster, which released in the same year.
Nagma With Rajinikanth
She has also worked with Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth in his trend-setter movie Basha. She played rich girl Priya, who falls in love with a humble auto driver Manikkam, played by Rajini.
Nagma - Queen Of Tamil, Telugu Cinema
Nagma has acted in many languages like Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, and Marathi. In 1990s, she was the reigning queen of Tamil and Telugu cinema. Then she disappeared from the movie radar, joined Sri Sri Ravishankar's Art of Living foundation in Bangalore, became a staunch devotee, and even taught courses there.