Nandita Swetha has pulled off something unusual, at least as far as female leads are concerned. She will be seen in an underwater action sequence!
The actress is playing a dare-devil cop in her upcoming film, IPC 376, directed by Ramkumar Subbarama.
And the Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada star had to shoot for an underwater action sequence before the lockdown, braving her fear of the water.
But how did someone with such a fear pull off such a big sequence?
“I am scared of getting into the water because I have sinusitis. When I went to a canal near the Kalyani temple in Chennai to shoot the sequence, it took me almost two hours to get into the water,” she recalls.
“The crowd that gathered to watch the shooting must have wondered why, when I was dressed as a cop, was taking so much time to jump into the water,” she laughs.
“We have a senior fight master who assured me that all safety precautions were in place, but I still wasn’t confident and literally backed off from the shooting. I was so afraid that I left for Bengaluru for a two-week break,” explains Nandita, who got trained in swimming at Bengaluru.
“Initially I was very scared to get into the water and literally cried when the trainer left me in the pool alone. I drank a lot of water,” she quips.
“But on the fourth day, I started picking it up, and after two weeks I got the hang of it, and overcame my fear of the water,” shares the Prema Katha Chitram 2 actress. However, even though she could swim, shooting the sequence was still challenging, Nandita found. “We shot the sequence on a hot afternoon, but the water was very chilly,”she signs off.