“I Have Gone Through A Break Up Once” – Nidhi Subbhaiah
Nidhi Subbhaiah hasn’t had an easy time making a mark in Sandalwood. But her passion for films kept her going and eventually made her carve a niche for herself. Sashidhar Adivi speaks to the sassy actress who talks about her early days, life in showbiz, Bollywood and love life. Excerpts from the chat.
Tell us about your growing up years.
I was raised like a tomboy. I’m an NCC student and I was All-India best Cadet; a gold medallist in swimming, and at one point I even thought of joining the Indian Army. But when I tried modelling and ramp walks, I started to enjoy what I was doing. I felt that I was able satisfy my creative side, which was untouched until then. But in the third year of graduation I have signed a film. My parents wanedt me to complete my studies and go to USA for a job. But I insisted on a career in films and finally they agreed.
How were your initial days in the industry?
Initially, my parents used to come to the sets to get a hang of the industry, how people work, etc. But after understanding the process of filmmaking, they started supporting me and they felt proud of me. Not even in my wildest dreams I imagined that I would become an actress. Initially, I did not know how to face the camera, how to mouth dialogues and I did not have any formal training, so everything I learnt was on the sets. I believe that’s the best way for anyone to learn. I’m an observant person and picked up things from my co-stars, crew, directors, etc.
Describe about journey in films?
I debuted with ‘Abhimani’ in Kannada in 2008 and it’s been a great journey so far. But there’s still a long way to go. Coming from a non-film background and no Godfather, well, I’m pleased with my work so far. The highs and lows are there in any profession, so I learnt to deal with it. If the film does well, I’m pretty cool. But if it doesn’t, I’ll correct my mistakes and move on. I ensure that the failure doesn’t affect me. But during my low, I read a lot of self help motivation books, how to condition mind, chill out with my friends, etc. Basically, I’m a happy person and can’t stay sad for too long (smiles).
How’s the transformation from a glam doll to an action girl?
After paying glamorous roles, I debuted with a cameo in Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Oh My God! in Bollywood. And working with him is a good experience. He’s a chilled out guy and I had a great time on the sets. I now have two back to back projects. In ‘Direct Ishq’, I have gone for an image makeover. I play a girl from UP. I sport a rugged look and it’s a rough character. I carry guns with me, rode a bullet, so it’s a rustic role – almost like a rowdy. Moreover, why men always want to have fun beating baddies? Even we (women) want to enjoy it. It’s a completely new role and away from all the glam stuff. I was pleased with the response I got for my role. In another Hindi film ‘Love Shagun’, a romantic film, I play a matured girl.
What are your current projects in Kannada?
I’m currently shooting for ‘Nanna Ninna Prema Kathe’, and I’m paired opposite Vijay Raghavendra. I play a girl who comes for a rich family and fall in love with a poor boy. It’s not a glam role and I’ll be seen in Salwar Kameez and sarees throughout the romantic drama. I also crooned for the first time for a film. It’s a duet number ‘Gulabi Thota’. I enjoy singing on the sets and when my director Shivu gave me the opportunity I grabbed it immediately. I’m also in talks for another film, a romantic entertainer.
Talking about romance, do you believe in a blind date?
I’ve never been on a blind date. I feel nervous to go out with someone who I don’t know..
Ever been in love?
Yes, I have fallen in love a couple of times (smiles) It’s a beautiful feeling. At first, it was a heady rush since I was suddenly trying to get to know more about the new person, his likes, dislikes, etc. It was very exciting. But eventually, you start getting grounded, which is also a beautiful feeling. I love ‘being in love’ and I love being a relationship because I feel there’s something to look forward to, a sense of belonging.
So how did you deal with the breakup?
I’ve gone through a break up once. But I think everyone goes through it. You have to deal with it – cry a river, build a bridge and get over it (smiles). You feel sorry for your broken heart but then you have to move on.