A phase that stood out in the Telugu film Saakini Daakini, which launched in theatres final Friday, was a stunt sequence in a restaurant in Hyderabad’s Old City which had Regina Cassandra and Nivetha Thomas take on a bunch of dangerous guys. Watching herself pull off the motion sequence choreographed to indicate the agility and strategy of the feminine leads, Nivetha is proud. When we catch up for a post-release interview in Hyderabad, she says what’s proven in the film is the results of disciplined coaching that she and Regina had taken up.
Saakini Daakini is an adaptation of the Korean action-comedy thriller Midnight Runners. “I’ve not watched any Korean dramas, sequence or movies till the Midnight Runners adaptation was pitched to me. I watched the film for what it’s, conscious that I used to be being supplied the half performed by Park Seo-joon, the bodily stronger one of many two. Director Sudheer Varma and the producers had been clear that the blows won’t be softened in the motion sequences simply because the variation could have two feminine leads.”
Shalini, performed by Nivetha, hails from Telangana, is a kabaddi participant, a foodie and a fun-loving character. Comedy, motion and the Telangana accent had been all new to Nivetha however she was sport for the journey, when the film was supplied to her about three years in the past. “We needed to carry in some logic to Shalini’s motion strikes. Since she is aware of kabaddi, she is wise sufficient to throw somebody down utilizing approach somewhat than muscle energy. Midnight Runners blended in the comedy very effectively. The leads are enjoyable characters, not simply trying to be humorous. We took all this into consideration.”
For the Telangana accent, she took the assistance of a language coach and says the preparation went past merely studying the dialogues: “I needed to know what somebody who speaks in the Telangana accent would say when he/she is bored, irritated or offended. I needed the phrases to return naturally. I additionally acquired assist from Jhansi (who seems in a cameo as Nivetha’s mom) ma’am as effectively.”
Nivetha learnt jujutsu and kickboxing with the assistance of Prabhu and Prashant of the Four Pillar Fight Academy, Chennai. A strict food regimen and exercise routine adopted, with modifications integrated every week. “I learnt the physique actions that will go well with the character of a robust, agile kabaddi participant who’s now coaching to be a police officer. In actual life, I’d stand, sit, stroll or run a sure approach. I needed to right my posture to be Shalini.”
During the coaching, she recorded a bunch of motion strikes that she had learnt and despatched them to the director and stunt choreographer Venkat: “It labored like a library from which strikes could possibly be picked for the motion sequences.”
Nivetha’s common health routine includes a mixture of power coaching, yoga, pilates and badminton. Her greatest inspiration is her mom who’s a health club common and enjoys enjoying badmint on. “Everything comes subsequent to health for my mother,” Nivetha says with amusing.
Nivetha Thomas on the units of ‘Saakini Daakini’
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Since the start of her profession in Telugu cinema in 2016 with Gentleman, Nivetha has performed by her personal guidelines and not conformed to look a sure method to play the main girl. Occasionally, she is questioned by the media about weight points and health. Nivetha explains, “I can deadlift greater than 100 kilograms, although I nonetheless assume I must work on my health ranges. I don’t imagine one must be of a sure measurement simply by advantage of being a feminine actor. I’m open to anybody questioning my work, however I don’t take runaway judgmental questions flippantly.”
In its preliminary weekend, Saakini Daakini acquired a tepid response on the field workplace. Nivetha admits that it has been disheartening. “Unless a film is a breakthrough in phrases of content material, folks don’t come to look at it in theatres. It is heartening that among the current Telugu movies equivalent to Oke Oka Jeevitham, Sita Ramam and Karthikeya 2 have performed effectively. Tremendous quantities of cash go into making, advertising and marketing and releasing a film. We are in a tough state of affairs the place we have no idea what’s going to work; folks have change into habituated to watching movies at house.”
Remakes in the period of OTT
One of the explanations for the lukewarm response, she says, could possibly be as a result of Saakini Daakini is a remake. “People are used to watching movies, regardless of language, on digital platforms. Though our film is nearly as good as new, given the Indian-Telugu adaptation and two girls enjoying the lead characters, some folks dismissed it as simply one other remake.”
Talking of remakes, Nivetha had earlier featured in Vakeel Saab, the Telugu remake of Pink. She was clear that she needed to do Vakeel Saab for the ‘no means no’ messaging that might attain a large viewers in the Telugu states due to Pawan Kalyan’s presence. “Around the identical time, I used to be supplied a number of different remakes and I turned them down. Frankly, I don’t intend to take up any remake in the close to future.”
While Saakini Daakini took three years to make, pausing intermittently throughout the second wave of COVID-19, Nivetha mentions how her current Malayalam film, Enthada Saji, was wrapped in three months. “This marks my first Malayalam film after eight years.”
Ask her about her selection of movies, which have various from the NTR-starrer Jai Lava Kusa to the darkish comedy thriller Brochevarevarura and the crime thriller 118, interspersed with Vakeel Saab and Rajinikanth’s Darbar, and Nivetha says, “There is not any sample to how I choose movies, although I do have a broad plan. I don’t flip away a great script that I actually imagine in. 118 got here to me after I had simply completed my thesis (in structure). I used to be supplied a personality with 18-minute display screen time and I took it up as a problem to see if I might transfer folks inside that point. Moving ahead, I’m open to collaborating with writers to develop story concepts into scripts.”