Thursday, May 15, 2008


Up to the challenge


Saucy Namitha secured a place in the hearts of innumerable fans by playing dazzling roles in many films as a heroine, second heroine and item girl. The stupendous success of Billa, where she paired opposite ultimate star Ajith made her a sought after heroine of the Tamil film industry. Oomph girl Namitha's brand equity has gone up by a few notches after she shared the screen with another young hero Vijay in Azhakiya Tamizh Makan.
Full-figured Namitha is shuttling between studios to shoot several films simultaneously with big names in the industry. The busy actress celebrated her birthday this week with 50 orphaned children at Snow World Amusement centre in Chennai, for which she is the brand ambassador.
Her prominent roles in forthcoming Tamil movies like Indravizha, Pandi, Perumal, Idi, Thee, 1977 and Kettavan are going to change her image from a glam-doll to a total artiste.
Voluptuous Namitha will set the screen on fire by appearing in a bikini in Indravizha, which would expose her buxom body. She plays a married super model role as an arrogant rich girl Kamini in the film. Indravizha is an entertainer with a strong subject. Kamini is in love with a married man Santhosh Sreenivasan played by young hero Srikanth. He wants to escape from her clutches, but Kamini does not allow him to end the relationship. Indravizha, written and directed by K Rajeshwar, also features two other heroines Hema Malini and Swarnamalya. Indravizha was the last film signed by late Raghuvaran and Nasser will play the role. The film is produced by Ashok K Kotvani under the banner of ANKK movies and Yadheesh scores music.
Namitha plays a significant role of a folk dancer in Pandi directed by Mathuravan. Her Karakatakari role is entirely different from her other films. Her character in the film will not only put her among the top heroines of the Tamil industry but it will also gratify her fans. Choreographer-Director-Actor Raghava Lawrence is the male lead of the film and Sneha is the other heroine. Srikanth Deva tunes for the film produced by Hitesh Jabak on behalf of Nemichand Jabap productions.
Namitha is the lady love of Sundar C in forthcoming films Perumal, Thee and Idi. She is one of the heroines as an unruly woman in Perumal directed by Vincent Selva. Meenakshi is the other heroine. In Thee directed by Kicha, Namitha plays a politician's role. The film will have two more heroines Ragini and Malavika. Namitha's other forthcoming film Idi will be directed by Shakthi Chidambaram. She earlier paired opposite Sundar C as one of the heroines in Shakthi Chidambaram's Sandai.
Glam-shell Namitha will sizzle the silver screen in the company of supreme star Sarath Kumar again in 1977. Sarath Kumar dons the role of a detective in the action thriller. Farzana is the other heroine of the film. The duo Sarath Kumar and Namitha earlier paired in films like Aei and Chanakya. Her role in Aei was funny and emotional. Her appearance along with Sarath Kumar in the song Arjuna Arjuna in the film was a big hit.
Namitha will play a pivotal role in the Silambarasan starrer Kettavan directed by debutante Nandakumar. Little Super Star Simbu plays three different roles in the film and himself pens the story. Yuvan Shankar Raja composes for the racy entertainer.
Namitha will feature an entirely different role in Brammandam. The movie is the remake of runaway Kannada hit Neelakanta. It will be produced by Gayatri under the banner of GA International. Ravichandran is the hero and Sredevika is the other heroine. The success of Neelakanta has rewarded her many offers from the Kannada industry including Indra opposite young hero Darshan.
Namitha was born on May 10, 1981 in a Punjabi speaking Kapoor family in Surat, Gujarat. She is the only daughter of the family. Her father is a textile businessman and mother is a housewife. After completing her graduation in English literature, she was modelling and that gave her entry onto the silver screen. The former Miss Surat, Namitha was the fourth runner up in the Miss India contest in 2001 along with Trisha Krishnan and Celina Jaitley, who was crowned Miss India.
Charming Namitha entered the tinsel world by debuting in the Telugu film as Bhairavi in Sontham in 2002. Her pairing opposite Telugu front liner Victory Venkatesh in Gemini in the same year made her noticeable in the industry. Both the films bombed at the box office but her female lead opposite Ravi Teja in Oka Raju Oka Rani boosted her career. Her role in Prabhu Deva-Srikanth starrer Oka Radha Iddaru Krushnula Pelli has given her ample scope to display her talents and that captured the attention of Telugu film buffs. Her special appearance in Aithe Enti and lead in Naya Kudu could not establish her as a sought after heroine in the Telugu industry.
The pretty actress shifted her base to neighbouring Tamil industry with Engal Anna where senior hero Vijayakanth was her hero. She tasted commercial success as a heroine in her maiden venture in Tamil. The film directed by Siddique was the remake of Malayalam superhit Chronic Bachelor. The success of the film and her glamorous beginning made her a darling of the industry.
She was offered heroine roles opposite other senior heroes like Satyaraj in Maha Nadigan in the early beginning of her Tamil career. Her pairing opposite veteran heroes also gave her an opportunity to learn the lessons of acting. The tall and gorgeous Namitha with her sharp looks and glamour filled the vacuum of the industry created by leading actresses like Rambha, Simran etc.
However, Namitha achieved success in Tamil industry and had enough luck to pair opposite senior heroes like Arjun, Parthiban, Sarath Kumar, Vijayakanth, Sathyaraj etc. and youngsters like Ajith, SJ Surya, Jeevan, Vijay etc. She was the love interest of Arjun in Aanai, directed by Selva and it was a remake of the Denzel Washington-starrer Hollywood film. She was the ladylove of Satyaraj in Englishkaran and she was also the heroine of Kovai brothers along with Satyaraj and his son Sibiraj. Her pairing opposite Parthiban in Pachakuthira won acclaim for her. Her role as Poovu, who was forcefully married to Pachamuthu, a sadist who terrifies Chennai, won over a lot of hearts and it is one of the best in her career.
Namitha paired opposite Githan Ramish in Nee Venunda Chellam and the movie was a flop at the box office. In the Prashanth-starrer Thangappansamy, Namitha again played a second heroine role as the sister of greedy landlord Thakur Dass played by Vincent Asokan. Namitha's model role in Vyapari, where SJ Surya played a dual role for the first time in his career also featured two other heroines Tamanna and Malavika.
Namitha's pairing opposite young hero Jeevan in Naan Avan Illai directed by Selva was last year's superhit.
Although many heroines are ready to show skin in front of the camera, Namitha's combination of beauty and glamour makes her a hot favourite. She believes that it is the duty of a good actress to make her character look its best and she always succeeds in doing that.
Namitha is riding high in the Tamil industry. She can compete with any leading lady in the industry in both glamour and acting areas. The heroines should take note of her talents and be forewarned, she is on their trail!

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