Namrata's big screen switch

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By PRATYUSH PATRA
  • Published 4.10.12
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Actress Namrata Thapa in Odia films Shapat and (above) 143 I Love You.
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Bhubaneswar, Oct. 3: Delhi girl Namrata Thapa went missing from Odia movies for over a year. Now, she’s back in the state once again to sizzle on the big for a yet-untitled film under the banner of Maa Tarini.

Her forthcoming film is a woman-oriented one that narrates the tale of a girl, who is high-spirited and adorable. The story promises to be a suspense family drama.

Namrata plays an engineer, who is harassed at the workplace. This ultimately causes her death. The suspense of the story lies in who avenges her death.

Namrata is known for her performances in many Odia films including the blockbuster 143 I Love You. Owing to her busy schedule for television soaps, she was away from the Odia film industry for a long time. But now that her show is off air, Namrata was quick to grab the opportunity to act once again in an Odia film.

“After my show went off air, I had ample time to shoot in Odisha. Moreover, I love working in Odia films. I keep in touch with a lot of industry people,” said the actress.

She vividly remembers her first shot for an Odia film.

“I was little apprehensive initially. But when director Hara (Patnaik) bhai liked the shot, I felt relieved. It was a long sequence where I get fascinated by the voice of the male protagonist unknown to the fact that because of him I lost my eyesight. It still remains one of my most treasured scenes,” said Namrata reminiscing a shot from 143, I Love You.

She started doing fashion shows and music videos when she was just 15. Four years later, she was selected to work in a serial in Mumbai where she was spotted by filmmaker Sanjay Nayak.

“He came to me and said he found his heroine in me. Fortunately, I picked up Odia quickly. For a Punjabi like me, the food was bit of a problem but now I love pakhala, chena podo and chingudi.”

When asked how acting in films is different from serials, the actress of the famed daily soap Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli said: “They are poles apart. In a serial, you keep playing a particular character for a couple of years, but in a film you play many shades of the same character for a two-hour long duration. Prolonged serials can kill your creativity. Films offer different and interesting roles. It’s much more thrilling.”

The actress believes in challenging herself.

“I don’t prepare much for any character. I follow my instincts while essaying a role. I love to face the camera. When in front of the camera I keep in mind that my performance should meet the expectations of the viewer,” said the actress, who will be seen working in another serial for a national television channel soon.