SREESANTH’S MOLLYWOOD DEBUT WITH CHILDHOOD FRIEND

by RINKU GUPTA

For heroine NIKKI GALRANI it was a very happy co-incidence when the offer of starring opposite cricketer-turned-hero SREESANTH, came to her. A renowned actor with eight films already under her belt in Malayalam, Nikki has entered Kollywood and Tollywood as well. She is also currently shooting for four Tamil films apart from the Sreesanth starrer called Team 5 in Malayalam. Ask her why that movie is special to her and she laughs, “Sreesanth and I go back a long way. I’ve known him ever since I was a kid. He’s a family friend and close pal of my sister, heroine Sanjhana Galrani. I’ve grown up in Bangalore and Sreesanth used to have a restaurant there and that’s how we know him. He has seen me all through my growing up years! So I was so surprised and pleased when the offer to star in Team 5, his debut in Malayalam, came to me. I’m very happy to be starring with him. It’s a sheer stroke of destiny!”

Sreesanth's Mollywood debut with childhood friend

This camaraderie will apparently bode well for the actor, who has made a Hindi debut in acting with Pooja Bhatt’s Cabaret which is yet to release. Team 5 is special since its in Malayalam, his mother tongue. The film is about bikers and three days of shooting has been completed. Says Nikki, “We started on Vishu day and shot near Fort Kochi. We shot an emotional interval block.” Ask her how Sreesanth fared as an actor and she smiles, “He was quite confident since he has acted in Cabaret and done a few reality shows and ads. Of course, films are a different ball game since there are more expressions involved but he was quite at ease.” Nikki reveals “He is currently campaigning for the elections so there is a break in shooting.” While Sreesanth plays a biker, Nikki is playing the manager of the company sponsoring his bike rally.

Action aplenty for Nikki

Sreesanth's Mollywood debut with childhood friend

Nikki is thrilled with the way her Tamil career is shaping up. After two films with GV Prakash and Aadhi last year, she has four flicks lined up. She plays a cop in Velai Na Vandhuttan Vellaikaaran ( VNVV) opposite Vishnu Vishal and a TV channel’s crime reporter role opposite Bobby Simhaa in Ko 2, which incidentally will be her next release.

The actor has had quite an interesting brush with action and is excited about the part in VNVV where she had to bash up five boys in an action sequence. “I had to learn the ancient martial arts of Kalari and Marma kalai for this movie. I enjoyed the action scene. But in one karate brick breaking scene, I ended up with a hairline fracture of my little finger when I went in for a second take. The brick broke, but so did my finger. I was howling in pain!” she recalls.

She sure is pushing the envelope with her roles and will be doing several dance sequences with none other than ace choreographer and hero, Raghava Lawrence in Motta Siva Ketta Siva. “We will be shooting the songs soon and Lawrence master is currently training me in dance himself. He is such a legend in dancing, it’s a huge honour and responsibility for me.”

In Kadavul Irukkan Kumaru she teams up with ace director M Rajesh and GV Prakash. “It’s a sort of take on Hangover,” is all she reveals.