I don't want to shed the girl-next-door image: Devika Nambiar

Published May 27, 2014, 7:31 pm IST
Updated Apr 1, 2019, 5:30 am IST
The 'To Let Ambadi Talkies' actress talks about balancing serials, films and academics
Kochi: Devika Nambiar, is making a foray into Mollywood. In her recent film To Let Ambadi Talkies she  plays a tough village girl Anna. 
Talking about her role, Devika says, “I am happy that the movie is getting a good response. But the movie is not getting enough theatres for screening. It is a story of two friends who  dream of making a film and thereby save an old theatre from going into oblivion.”
The pretty actress who struck a chord with the family audience through her television roles is learning to balance her three entirely different responsibilities — serials, films and academics. Devika, is doing her diploma in Counselling Psychology. 
She says, “It’s pretty challenging when it comes to balancing the most important things of my life. But luckily, everything is going smoothly. Though I love doing films and serials, I am concentrating more on my studies since I want to pursue a good career. Being an actor is riddled with uncertainty so academics are really important.”
But the actor will not let go her passion for acting.  “Personally, I love working in films, but do not want to shed the girl-next-door image. I forayed into acting through films but I found acceptance when I began working in television. In serials, they follow the same pattern and one tends to get typecast so fast that shedding the image of a crying woman is so difficult. When I work in serials, I always ask my directors when the character will become bold,” chuckles Devika.
In real life too she is pretty bold in her approach. She says, “Personally, I don’t support the glamorous image and that’s why I am more comfortable working in  our industry. I got offers from Kollywood but never entertained it because eventually they look for the glamorous quotient  which I don’t want to do.”