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Hamsa Nandini
Hamsa Nandini

Her striking eyes and a dazzling smile is what catches your attention when you first see Hamsa Nandini, her sexy drawl when she starts talking will make any man go weak in the knees. A successful model, dancer and an actress, the bold and beautiful south star, in a heart-to heart conversation with Anandita Bartake talks about her journey.

Where it comes to juggling both work and my passion for travelling, I make sure that I do only a selective projects at a time and not bury myself in work.

The lucky charm or the golden leg is how the media addresses her, from the very beginning Hamsa has lived life on her own terms and still does. With her never say never attitude she has slowly but steadily climbed the ladder of success.

WHY TOLLYWOOD AND NOT BOLLYWOOD?

There is quite a lot of difference in the way both the industries function. You will see a good amount of punctuality in Tollywood. There is a systematic way they go about their work, not to mention they are technically more advance and their budgets are huge too. The love and respect that we get there is mind blowing and it does not depend on the quantum of work you do, you have one hit and the fans worship you. We are treated like gods and goddesses by the movie buffs there.
Basically, in south, going for a movie is like a household culture hence the amount of foot fall in the theatres for a movie is enormous. It is like they sleep, eat, drink movies. Where content is concerned, I personally feel that the industry is changing in a big way.

Hamsa Nandini
Hamsa Nandini

WHAT’S KEEPING YOU BUSY AT THE MOMENT:

I am listening to narrations of some interesting, good, content driven and performance oriented films. Since most of my songs are a huge hit I end up doing numerous live performances throughout the year.

Where the #Metoo movement is concerned I personally feel that it is high time we should stop stereotyping women

BEING A WANDERLUST

Looking at my Instagram handle it is very evident that I love travelling. It brings out the real me. When I am travelling I am not a star, I am just a regular girl who is very passionate about exploring new places on my own. Fortunately, my profession helps me travel places so I don’t really have to take any extra efforts. Although, I do make it a point that where ever I am going for work I add a little pleasure time in it, so basically it becomes like a “workation” for me, where along with work I experience the locales as well. Being passionate about travelling, I like to do it hardcore, it might not always be a luxury trip, flying first class or staying in fancy hotels. I have enjoyed staying in hostels and backpacking places as much as staying in the lap of luxury. Through my travels I have met so many people and have made so many friends. In fact I have friends across the globe from the age group of 16 to 75!

Where it comes to juggling both work and my passion for travelling, I make sure that I do only a selective projects at a time and not bury myself in work. I was offered a cameo by director Rajamouli which turned out to be a big hit and the concept clicked after which I ended up doing many special appearances and special songs in big ticket films. In the bargain I got spare time to explore stuff like sailing, adventure sports and backpacking across countries.

In all of this I had immense support from my family. My father, even today, accompanies me for all my shoots and shows.

WORKING WITH THE SUPERSTARS

I must say that I have been rather lucky where my co-stars are concerned as I have worked with some of the most amazing actors in the Telugu industry. Be it Prabhas, Nagarjuna, Balakrishna, Pawan Kalyan or Junior NTR, it was really a privilege working with all of them. I got to learn a lot from them and the fact that despite being superstars they all are grounded and treat you squarely. No starry airs.

METOO MOVEMENT IN THE SOUTH INDUSTRY

It was quite a shattering moment when we all got to know what actually was happening behind the scenes. So many girls are becoming victims of sexual harassment within the (film) industry. Unfortunately, it exists in the south industry as well. Even though the #Metoo movement was not as intense as it was in Bollywood but quite a few actresses, female playback singers and female employees came out in the open which shook the industry. I am hoping that appropriate actions were taken by the authorities.

Where the #Metoo movement is concerned I personally feel that it is high time we should stop stereotyping women. A girl’s clothing, her habits or her personality does not define who she is. Why do women have to prove themselves even in today’s age? When such cases come out in the open why can’t we accept what has happened and support her instead of questioning her motives? It takes tremendous courage to come out in the open and accuse the perpetrator, the least we can do in this situation is believe what the person is saying and support them. It is rather sad that the movement did not create that much impact in India as it created in Hollywood. But it sure has created a much needed awareness. Now people think twice before saying or doing something insensitive. Having said that, my experience in this industry has been pretty decent.

Hamsa Nandini

“As for the future plans, we are creating content for social media with an aim to share my wanderlust. It is something that is very close to my heart.”

THE JOURNEY FROM MODELLING TO ACTING

I started my career with modelling when I was in college and was pretty happy with it. Films were definitely not on my agenda at that time. I did quite a few high profile fashion shows and ad films. Initially, it was rather difficult to manage studies and the modelling assignments together, so films were out of the question. There were quite a few Bollywood offers coming my way but I was not interested in it at that time. While shooting in Mumbai a very senior south director approached me for a movie. That was the first script I read. But what really kicked me off about the project was the fact that we were supposed to shoot the film in the dense forests of Andhra. That’s how Anumaspudam happened in 2007. The film did not do well at the box office, but the music turned out to be a big hit. It was a learning curve for me. It made me into a person who values success today. Although with Eega (Makkhi) my journey took an interesting turn and I haven’t looked back since!

In all of this I had immense support from my family. My father, even today, accompanies me for all my shoots and shows. The thing is that the film industry is 100% glamour in front of the camera but behind the scenes it is all blood, sweat and tears, I have rehearsed for hours and hours for my shows, done my own stunts and in the process got a serious neck injury while performing one of the stunts around six years back. It took

I really love my privacy which I get when I am in Mumbai or Pune. Back in Hyderabad, there are too many restrictions on me as I cannot move around as freely as I can here