Chennai: Things can’t get much better for pretty actress Abhinaya who is making her foray into Bollywood with director Balki’s next film, Shamitabh. The movie has an ensemble cast of Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, and Akshara Haasan, who is being launched as the lead heroine.
Abhinaya’s cameo in Ajith’s Veeram got her noticed in Bollywood, helping her enter Shamitabh’s star-studded cast. Her father, Anand, says, “One of the assistant directors who worked in Veeram had suggested Abhinaya’s name to Balki. After seeing the film, Balki was impressed and brought her on board for Shamitabh.”
Dhanush plays a deaf and mute junior artiste in the movie and Big B has lent his voice to him.
Anand was evasive when asked if Abhinaya was cast opposite Dhanush in the film. He said he could not reveal any details about Abhinaya’s character. “It is a very vital role and a noticeable one. I am confident that this will open new avenues for Abhinaya in Mumbai,” he said.
Reportedly, Abhi shot for four days in Mumbai alongside Dhanush and Akshara.
Abhinaya was introduced into K’town by Sasikumar in the film he produced, Nadodigal, which was directed by Samudrakani. Despite her speech and hearing impairment, she won critical acclaim for her performance, which eventually led to her innings in Tollywood, with its remake of Shambo Shiva Shambo and in Kannada with Hudugaru. She also did a cameo in Murugadoss’s 7 Aam Arivu opposite actor Suriya that catapulted her to public attention. She has also done many Telugu films.
“The whole unit, especially Balki sir, was happy seeing Abhinaya’s performance. They were in awe of her talent,” he says. Abhinaya, in turn, is glad that director Balki looks out for talent in all his films, and proud to be introduced by him in Hindi. She currently has four Tamil films in hand, including Vizhithiru and Vishal’s Poojai and a few Telugu films in her kitty.