Peering through her professional looking glasses and with a no frills dress pattern, Aparna Gopinath hardly looks a typical Malayalam film actress. Perhaps her looks reveal her approach to movies and also her background. The main forte of Aparna has been her serious theatre acting and her specialising in western dance forms. Her entry into movies may, however, have happened due to a combination of circumstances. Both her parents were movie buffs, always discussing about films, and were very much infatuated with the screen exploits of the veteran matinee idols of Malayalam cinema like Mammooty and Mohanlal. While this may have indirectly coaxed Aparna into films, the fact that she herself was a theatre artist from her childhood days facilitated and expedited her entry into the world of movies. Being basically from Chennai, Aparna was actively involved with the progressive theatre groups there, prior to her entering movies, and she had acted in several classic plays both in Malayalam as also Shakespearean plays in English. In her maiden film “American-Born Confused Desi” (ABCD)”, she co-starred with Dulquar Salmaan, son of matinee idol Mammootty, and portrayed the character of a college girl. The fact she got the main female role and acted opposite one of the big names was not the only satisfaction for her, since the film was a tremendous success at box office, and drew much appreciation for her acting. This was a much bigger bonus for her. However, in spite of this commercial success, she made her intentions clear that she had no plans to portray the typical run of the mill roles in her movies, but would prefer more challenging roles in future films. Perhaps her role in her next film “Bicycle Thief” which was thriller and not a stereotyped move, she found her preference being fulfilled at least partly, as her acting in the role of a Bank employee was also much appreciated by the movie goers. In her subsequent films like “ Mannar Mathai Speaking 2 Click to look into! >> Read More... ” - an out an out comedy, and sequel to the original 1995 version; and “ Happy Journey Click to look into! >> Read More... ” she had put in creditable performances once again establishing her acting credentials. She is also getting a chance to act alongside the veteran Mammoothy in the more recent film “ Munnariyippu Click to look into! >> Read More... ”, but acting apart, she still actively pursues her dancing aspirations, teaching others also in the process.

Aparna Nair

Aparna Nair’s brush with films came much earlier than her formal debut into Malayalam films with “Nivedyam”in 2007. She had in fact acted in two very short cameo roles in the previous two years, one in the film “Mayookham” as the friend of one of the lead actresses, while in “Notebook” she had appeared in one scene as a TV journalist. Prior to her regular entry into cinema she was more engrossed into modeling and that was her priority, but as luck would have it for her, she got noticed by eminent film personality Lohithadas, who cast her in that first film of her, but neither her role was significant, nor did the film do well in the box office. Hence Aparna had to wait for some more time to gain prominence, which she did not through any role in a movie, but by her acting in a lead role in the play ”Chayamukhi”. Here she crossed swords with veterans Mohanlal and Mukesh, and came up with a brilliant performance bringing her instant fame, and making it easier for her to move ahead in her film career. She started getting roles regularly after this. Some of them were quite meaty ones, like the one opposite Manikuttan in the 2009 film “Meghatheertham”. The list of her films kept on increasing, with films like “Kayam” and “Cocktail”, both offering her important roles, but while someone else stole the limelight in the former, it was only in the latter she was noticed for her role, and the film also was a very successful thriller. Simultaneously, she tried out her hand in Tamil and Telegu films, while drawing attention to her acting in “Beautiful” and “Streetlight”, both of which gave her satisfaction for her own performances. On the other hand, out an out entertainers like “Mallu Singh” and “Thattathin Marayathu” were great hits at the box office. As she awaits the release of her recently completed films “Madhura Naranga” (where she acts as a doctor) ; “Thamara” (in the title role of a fisher woman) and “Vannyam”, a thriller, she exudes quiet confidence about them and her future career in general.

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Aparna Nair Malayalam Actress