Actress Nayantara, who is basking on the decent opening of her southern remake of hit Hindi movie Kahaani, says she usually does not like women-centric movies because they are too much of a responsibility for an artist. The remakes, which have been titled Anamika in Telugu and Nee Enge En Anbe in Tamil, have released in theatres on May 1 and received good response from the film goers.
"I usually don't like to do women-centric films because it's too much of a responsibility on your shoulders. Everything has to be correct but when I saw 'Kahaani' I thought this is one film, which I would want to do in south," Nayantara said in an audio statement.
She says that Anamika is not a frame-to-frame copy of Kahaani. "If Kolkata was a character in Kahaani, old Hyderabad becomes an important character in the remake. A lot of changes have been done in the south adaptation. It will not be like a cut, copy and paste of the original," she said.
Nayantara has stepped into Vidya Balan's shoes in Anamika, which has been directed by Sekhar Kammula. But unlike the original, she does not feature Nayantara as a pregnant woman in the remake. Although Nayantara wanted to play the pregnant character, she says her director thought otherwise.
"It was completely Sekhar sir's call. From the very beginning, he didn't want the pregnancy part in the story and I was very scared about this because that was the main plot about the film. He wanted to make it even more challenging without the pregnancy part," she added. Continue to read Nayantara's interview in the slideshow.
A huge box office success, Kahaani also fetched Vidya critical acclaim and coveted awards, but Nayantara says she didn't do the remake for awards.
Nayan Does Not Aim For Awards
"I usually don't aim for any awards. When I'm doing a film, I do it with all heart. The reason I did the remake is because I really liked the script and I thought it will be like a nice suspense thriller. It's also a strong woman-oriented film," she said.
Nayan Has No Qualms In Playing Pregnant Woman
Not apprehensive about playing pregnant characters, she feels actresses should flexible. "In Sri Rama Rajyam, I played a pregnant character through most of the film. I also have two kids who are about 10 years old. I don't think all this should stop an actress from doing a role because I believe we should be ready to do anything for a character."
Anamika Is A Realistic Film
In her opinion, Anamika is a realistic film. "When you will see the film, you'll realise how realistic it is... from the costumes to make up... we also shot in several real locations. All this makes it a very realistic film," she added.
Nayantara On Her Association With Sekhar Kammula
Produced by Endemol India, Anamika also features Vaibhav Reddy, Harshvardhan Rane and Pasupathy in important roles. On working with Sekhar Kammula, she said, "He believes in more of reality and doesn't understand the commercial cinema. Since I've been a typical commercial films' heroine, I had my doubts about working with him, but it all changed after I started working with him."