In this world of glamour, not many would have liked the idea to make a debut as a ghost. But newcomer Nikki Galrani not only braved to play the haunted spirit but went on to nail her part. Bollywoodlife caught up with the pretty lass as she candidly talked about Darling and her upcoming films
This pretty young actress is the sister of popular Kannada actress Sanjjanaa. With her debut in Kollywood with the hit film, ‘Darling’, Nikki has officially arrived in the Tamil film industry. She is just two years old in the south film industry but has already worked in Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil films. Now she has also signed her first Telugu film under the Dil Raju banner. Nikki is excited about Tamil films and is happy about all the praise she has received for her performance in the Tamil horror-comedy. Speaking exclusively to us, the actress talks about her career so far and more.
How do you feel about the success of your first Tamil film ‘Darling’?
I’m very happy. We all worked very hard on this film and had high expectations. It was also a great team to work with. Interestingly, this is my second film in Tamil because ‘Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka’ with actor Aadhi was my first film – it’s completed but yet to release. We finished shooting ‘Darling’ in 35 days! The best part was that the entire team in ‘Darling’ was young and most of us were also freshers in a way – GV was making his debut as an actor; this was my first Tamil film; the director Sam Anton was making his debut. I choose my films very carefully and though I was offered many Tamil films I waited for the right projects. I am really happy with both the Tamil films I have done so far.
Music director G V Prakash made his debut with ‘Darling’. How was it working with him?
It was a lot of fun! It didn’t look like G V Prakash was making his debut because he knows everyone in the film industry and he was very confident. He wasn’t like how I was when I made my debut – all nervous. (Laughs) In fact, since he knows so much about music, I kept asking him making him listen to songs on the sets and translate it for me from Tamil.
In ‘Darling’ your lip-sync was perfect, Do you know Tamil?
Yes I do. (Speaks a few lines in Tamil). I have even dubbed for myself in ‘Yagavarayinum Naa Kaakka’. Aadhi’s brother, Sathya, whose the director of that film, made me learn Tamil and taught me as well. He made sure I was good enough to dub for the film and I did. The surprising thing is I speak Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and even Telugu but I don’t know my own mother tongue – Sindhi. (Laughs)
What are you working on now?
Currently, I am shooting for two Malayalam films – ‘Rudra Simhasanam’ with Suresh Gopi and one more. Once I complete these two films I will start work on my first Telugu project. I have also signed an Elred Kumar film with Bobby Simhaa in Tamil. So my hands are full as of now!
Your sister Sanjjanaa is also an actress. Did she give you any tips?
Sanjjanaa is my best friend – she’s like a second mom to me in fact. I share everything with her and she’s always allowed me to do what I want – whether it was to get into films, etc. She has been my pillar of support and strength always. Sanjjanaa has stood by me through everything!
What do you want to achieve in Kollwyood?
I want to work with everyone. But I do dream of working with Superstar Rajinikanth. I don’t know if that will come true.
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