Kochi: For Parveen Sultana, cinema has always been close to her heart. She is now living her dream by debuting in Mollywood with Bijith Bala’s Nellikka. Mumbai girl Parveen was born and brought up in Dubai, “I love movies. It was my dream to be on screen and thankfully, it has come true. I am very excited to be a part of this film. The producer of the movie is a close friend of mine. When he suggested that I play the role, I was literally on cloud nine,” says Parveen.
The young model-turned-actress plays the wife of Atul Kulkarni in the film. “My character, Nandu, is a typical Malayali girl. She is also a psychologist and a compassionate person. I can’t reveal more about my role. It is a pretty interesting character.”
Parveen loves Malayalam, but realised that learning the language is not a cake-walk. “I have a few friends in Kerala with whom I used to watch Mollywood films. Though I can’t speak properly, I can understand the language. Right after signing the film, I decided to watch more Malayalam movies to understand the language. I watched few of Mammootty’s and Dileep’s movies. When I tried to pick up the language, sadly, I realised that getting the pronunciation right is a Herculean task. But I’m not giving up. I love a challenge,” chuckles Parveen.
She says working with Atul Kulkarni was a great learning experience. “He is an amazing actor and almost an acting school. Coincidentally, both of us are in the same boat since we both have a problem with Malayalam language!”
So what attracted her to try her luck in films? Parveen says, “The powerful and immense scope for performance. So when I got the opportunity, I grabbed it with both hands. In future, I am looking forward to do more films.. perhaps in Bollywood as well!”