Nadodigal girl Shanthini speaks about 'Pakka'

By A Harsha Vardhan Published on Apr 26, 2018 05:30 PM IST

Chennai: Shantini Theva, a Tamil actress from Malaysia entered Tinseltown with the hit film Nadodigal.

Even in her first movie, the actress played a bold character role, as one of the antagonists. Following a 11-year hiatus, she returns to the silver screen as a secretary in Rajini Mandram in the upcoming Vikram Prabhu flick- Pakka.

News Today spoke to Shantini and the actress dwelled on the many hats she donned during her long hiatus from films, including one as the youngest Tourism Ambassador for the Malaysian government.

Why was there a big gap after Nadodigal?

After the release of Nadodigal, I was unlucky with the offers I got here. My next film '2G Spectrum' was embroiled in controversy owing to its sensitive nature and never released. So, I started pursuing my career in academics and got a degree in Business Communication from Australia.

Tell us about your stint with the Malaysian government

I was chosen as the youngest tourism Ambassador for the Malaysian government in 2016 to promote the country's many attractions in Tamilnadu. So I was engaged in corporate meetings, promoting hotels, theme parks, home stays and other new places in Malaysia. I am involved in helping the Indian film industry to come to Malaysia and shoot there. I also worked with the Tamilnadu tourism department.

What about your upcoming projects?

I am currently waiting for the release of my comeback movie, Pakka, starring Vikram Prabhu. Apart from that, I've not signed anything. I'm listening to scripts and waiting for good character roles. But, if I get a good script as a heroine, I will definitely do. Films are my passion and I'm not here for the money. I have achieved something in Malaysia as the youngest tourism ambassadors. Likewise, I want to achieve in Tamilnadu as well. I want to work hard and earn awards.

Tell us about your co-stars in Pakka

Vikram Prabhu was a reserved guy. He didn't talk much. Singam Puli, Anand Raj Sathish and Suri were fun to work with and I learnt a lot from them. But, about Nikki Galrani I do not want to say anything. I don't have any words to say about her. The technical team have put in a lot of effort to make it a fun entertaining movie.

Harsha Vardhan