moved on - Nayan once said famously about her
breakup after a brief and turbulent relationship
that often made headlines for her sheer outspokenness
and a no-hide attitude. Little did we know then
that she was offering a glance of her steely self-confidence
and daring conscience. In the world of politically-correct
women, Nayan stands tall. Perhaps for her audacity,
and not necessarily for her height.
relationship although withered, was engraved in
the history of Tamil cinema bible for very few
actors came in public about their personal life
– let alone love life. Few months and a
lot of speculations later, she resurfaced in Tamil
with a comeback that would make her contemporaries
go green with jealousy. It took a few Telugu hit
movies and an upward looking career graph for
Nayan to rethink her Tamil plans. She is not regretting,
She gave birth to the word savvy in Tamil cinema
after Billa released.
For who would have thought, the once plump
looking Hari import, is actually capable of carrying
off a swimsuit like she was born with it.
What if Nayan did not sustain her Billa and Yaaradi
Nee Mohini success and was a part of box office fiascos
back to back (remember Aegan, Kuselan, Sathyam and Villu?)
she is still the reigning queen. And does she have any
qualms in admitting about being part of the debacles?
Hardly! She openly admitted that her 2008 was only okay
and that only Yaaradi Nee Mohini fared well.
as she prefers to call her attitude, doesn’t seem
to fail to make heads turn. Craving for name? Well,
it doesn’t appear so. Pronouncing sans words that
she has learnt the film world word by word, it’s
either a stubborn silence or curt and to-the-point statements
from her, for issues that involve her. Now, how many
would be ready to put their career in possible jeopardy
when the whole Producers’ Council is up against
She was. In the Payya issue she was
quoted as saying that there was no question of returning
the money back to the Council or Lingusamy. All this,
when the Council even had plans to request Cinema-related
regulatory bodies in other languages to extend support
for the case by proscribing her from acting in other
languages. Some guts, we say.
Nayan hardly moved. She stood by her
stand refusing to pay up. An out-of-court settlement
wasn’t on the cards either. And she went public
reasoning that she deserved her pay since she was
made to waste her call sheets for three months. And
then, she won. Which makes me think – they (The
Rolling Stones) probably weren’t serious when
they sang ‘You Can't Always Get What You Want’.
And when her peers are going bananas
about offers in Bollywood, Nayan is just blissfully
content with her presence in South Indian Cinema.
And endorsements also seem to be a strict no, no.
that’s Nayan for you, whose valor is possibly
attributed to her military-schools upbringing - the
bold face of South Indian cinema who doesn’t
cry fowl at anyone unless absolutely called for with
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