While her friends were busy playing their favourite games, Hansika Motwani, at age 9, was getting her lines right and learning to communicate with the camera. The girl grew up on the small screen, courtesy hit serials like ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’ (1999) and ‘Des Mein Niklla Hoga Chand’ (2003).
At 16, she made her debut in Bollywood’s ‘Aap Ka Suroor’, starring Himesh Reshammiya. An average grosser, it was followed by a dud, ‘Money Hai To Honey Hai’. Undeterred, Motwani turned her sights south, the right decision, it seems.
Over the coming months, the 20-year-old actress will be starring opposite Vijay in ‘Velayudham’, Silambarasan in ‘Vettai Mannan’, Udhayanidhi Stalin in ‘Oru Kal Oru Kannadi’, Siddharth Narayan in ‘Oh My Friend’ (Telugu) and Ram Pothineni in ‘Kandireega’ (Telugu).
More from Motwani, who admits to having a charitable streak.
I have been working since I was nine. But I don’t think I have lost my childhood because of my work. My mother ensured that I worked only four hours each day, and my tutors used to come to the sets.
I’ve grown rather fond of Khushboo in this industry. She has been very supportive and nice to me. People tell me that I’m very much like Khushboo because she also started off quite young and that she used to look like me as well. She also advised me to sign my projects carefully.
Most of the movies I have done might be girl-next-door roles but I’ll be doing a glamourous role and another one, where I play a gangster. This year, you’ll see me in five different roles in five films.
I don’t want to be typecast as an actress. I have no issues with item numbers.
I have adopted 20 children. I feel I should give back to society. I will adopt one more child when I turn 21 next year.
After ‘Aap Ka Suroor’ became a hit, I started getting a lot of offers. But none of them were exciting. I love being a part of Bollywood but I’m more comfortable down south.
I was shocked to read about a linkup between me and Prabhu Deva. I was in his movie ‘Engeyum Kadhal’ at the time. I’m glad that I have a clean image so far.If I weren’t an actress, I would be a painter. I love painting with oils when I’m free. It’s my stress-buster.(ENS)
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