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Vimala's Story

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    Courtesy: Cinesouth
    Tuesday, November 14, 2006
    I was born and brought up in Australia. My dad is from Bangalore and my mother from Coimbatore. They went to Australia 35 years back. Even when I was 5, I was well into Bharatanatyam and speaking fluent Thamizh. I used to visit Tamilnadu for giving Bharatanatyam performances and soon did well in ads too.

    I got the first opportunity to act in Nala Damayanti. I was too young then and also had my studies, so I turned down the offer. Now I've finished studying about information technology.

    When I was invited to act in Poi, my father and I went to KB sir's office. On entering the room, I said "Hi, uncle," shook hands with him and sat down. Seeing my mannerisms, he said he was convinced I was the Poi heroine. I said I would think about it and revert to him. KB sir said when girls were dying to act in his films, he was surprised that I needed time to think about it! I asked for 10 days time and we left.

    A manager from KB sir's office sent an SMS then. According to it, 'Any actress, who comes to see Balachander sir, falls at his feet for his blessings. But without respecting him, you sat in a chair like his equal. That is irreverence.'

    After I read that, I realized I had done wrong. We do not have such habits in Australia.

    So, that did not strike me as wrong. After all this, I got my acting assignment in Poi, says Vimala candidly.

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