The ‘Mappillai’ girl arrives

CHENNAI: “I’m destiny’s child,” says Hansika Motwani. Even before her debut Tamil film hits the screens, the bubbly actress is flooded with offers from tinsel town. With three big films — ‘Engeyum Kaadhal’ with Jeyam Ravi, ‘Velayudham’ with Vijay and ‘Oru Kal Oru Kannadi’ with Udhayanidhi Stalin up her sleeve — she now waits for her first Tamil project, ‘Mappillai’, to hit the screens this Friday.

“It’s a great feeling. I’m thankful to the industry and my well-wishers,” says Hansika. She’s also busy shooting for an untitled Telugu film. “I usually love watching my films along with the audiences in the theatre. But for ‘Mappillai’, I might miss the experience, as I will be in Hyderabad shooting.” Hansika is one of the most popular young actresses in the Telugu film industry today.

The promos of ‘Mappillai’ have hit the television, and the actor is already getting a lot of praise from friends and family. “I had a wonderful time shooting for ‘Mappillai’. It is the remake of the Rajinikanth-starrer by the same name. I was really lucky to get this offer. I’m playing Amala’s role and watched the original version a number of times before shooting,” explains Hansika, who says that the film has showcased her dancing prowess too.

“The music of this film is such that it would make anyone dance. The song, ‘Ready Readya’, has given me a wonderful opportunity to dance and has also improved my expression,” she says.

During the shoot, it was a bit difficult for her to understand and speak the language, “but now it’s getting better,” says the actor. “I can speak well now. I must thank Dhanush, who helped me with the dialogues.”

While ‘Mappillai’ is a mass entertainer, ‘Engeyum Kaadhal’ is a more performance-oriented film, says Hansika. “‘Engeyum Kaadhal’ is a love story and I bear a fresh look in it. I call Jeyam Ravi ‘Gem’ Ravi,” she grins.

In ‘Velayudham’, she plays a village belle opposite Vijay. “I’m lucky to work with Vijay. The film would definitely help me in my career.” Talking about her role in Udhayanidhi’s ‘Oru Kal Oru Kannadi’, she adds, “He’s a very helpful person and a wonderful actor. I play a snob in the film, which is completely different from the real me. That’s where the challenge lay.”

For Hansika, her audiences are extremely important. “The audience is like my God. I work hard and have my heart and soul in acting,” she says.

Often known for her resemblance to Khushboo, Hansika has won many a hearts even before the release of her debut flick. Actor Vijay himself compared her to the Khushboo of ‘Varsham 16’, during the launch of the ‘Velayudham’.

Hopefully, the bubbly actor would live up to this expectation of the audiences too.

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