Hello Folks! In this week’s #BlabWithSandy, I have actress Nikki Tamboli with me. She made her debut with ‘Chikati Gadilo Chittakotudu’ and followed it up with a superhit film ‘Kanchana 3’, and ‘Thippara Meesam’. Let’s get into the blab I had with her:
Sandy: Hey Nikki! What’s up?
Nikki: Hi Sandy 🙂
Sandy: Could you describe a little about your background?
Nikki: I was born in Mumbai. My native is Aurangabad. I belong to a non-filmy family. Getting into films was all about destiny.
Sandy: Your film with Raghava Lawrence ‘Kanchana 3’ was a big hit. A few anecdotes on it?
Nikki: I had always been a shy kid. I wasn’t interested in ramp walks. After doing a photoshoot, my pictures went viral allover South. Lawrence Sir’s manager saw my pictures and showed it to him. Lawrence Sir liked me and wanted me to come down to Chennai for auditions.
My parents weren’t that happy with my decision to go as we had no background in films. But I wanted to check it out. Lawrence asked me to showcase my dancing and acting, and somehow, I wasn’t scared at all.
He liked it and immediately said he wants to launch me. That’s how I got onboard in Kanchana 3.
Sandy: How was the experience of working with Raghava Lawrence?
Nikki: He is a fantastic person, and never did he make me feel like a newcomer.
He was humble right throughout and I must appreciate him for his dedication. He also conveyed that he will sign me up for one of his next films and I am grateful.
Sandy: Your role in ‘Chikati Gadilo Chitakkotudu’ was quite bold. What made you pick it?
Nikki: I was very young when I did that film. I agree it was a bold decision but, the character was a bubbly one, more into a glam doll. I felt it was a fine one to start off with, thus I signed the film. I got good recognition for my character in the film.
Sandy: ‘Thippara Meesam’ was your latest release opposite Sree Vishnu. You weren’t shown much in the promotions but, yet again, this role of yours was different.
Nikki: Haha! I am thankful to work with Sree Vishnu. He is a very talented actor. I thank the director for choosing me. The audience saw a new me in my role as a police inspector. You can it was more like a supporting role, but I am happy that I did this film.
Quick Shot Round:
- Love: I don’t know how it feels, as I’ve never fallen in it yet, LOL
- Biggest regret in life: Nothing
- A habit of yours which you aren’t happy about: I don’t work out regularly
- Most used App on your phone: Instagram
- If you were to go on a long drive with two people, who would those be? Boht Sare Log Hain Sandy, haha! I would like to go with Priyanka Chopra and Nayanatara and learn so many things from them
- What does Nikki indulge in when idle: Learn how to speak Telugu. I am half-way through in Tamil now 🙂
- Directors that you’d like to work with: SS Rajamouli, Murugadoss, and Bala Sir
- Dream role: To do someone’s Biopic
- Hottest actor according to you: It must be Suriya
- Good and Bad about the film industry: Good thing is there are so many talented actors in the industry, and we get to learn how to sustain and prove ourselves. Bad thing is, people talk negative about the industry, which is not always right! It all depends on our hard work and seriousness with which we try to grow. People need to change their ridiculous mindset
- A film that you loved watching recently: Majili
Sandy: What’s in the pipeline for you in the coming months?
Nikki: I am getting a few offers in the South. I am doing a Bollywood project with Mithun Chakraborty’s son Namashi.
Sandy: Any advice that you’d like to give to the newcomers?
Nikki: I am from a non-filmy background, so it is possible for others to enter the industry without any background. One needs to be honest and not to copy anyone. Work hard, as if you wouldn’t, you cannot sustain in the industry.
Even if you have 10 movies with you, someday, another individual will replace you. If you are doing work, do it with seriousness. You may be the most beautiful lady, but any second you can be replaced. Stay positive and go ahead with your hard work, things will fall into place.
Sandy: A few words about Hyderabad Local.
Nikki: Thanks Sandy for featuring me on ‘Blab with Sandy’. It was so much fun talking to you. Wishing you more luck in films. 🙂
Editor’s note: Nikki Tamboli’s script selection is diverse and each of her films till date has been of different genre, which is commendable. Wishing her the best of times at the movies.
Interview by Sandeep Rao
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