South Indian actress Meera Nandan, who made her acting debut in Lal Jose's "Mulla" turns 24 on 26 November.
The actress, who has done some career defining roles in all South Indian languages, is awaiting the release of two films, "Mylanchi Monchulla Veed" and "Sandamarutham" with Sharath Kumar.
Recently, Meera moved to Dubai to work as a radio jockey in Red FM 94.7. As soon as she announced the news through her Facebook page, rumours started doing the rounds that the actress has stopped working in films.
However, on Tuesday, Meera cleared the air over the rumours and confirmed that acting is her passion and she will continue to work in films along with her new avatar as RJ.
On her 24 birthday, Meera spoke to IBTimes India and opened up about her new career and her future projects:
From a singer and actress to RJ, why this change now?
I just wanted a change and working as an RJ is something that I always wanted to give a try, so when I got an opportunity, I didn't want to lose it. And when they said that I can continue doing movies, then I thought this is the perfect opportunity I could get. That's why I moved to Dubai.
Recently, a report mentioned that you had turned down an offer in upcoming Malayalam movie "Cousins", which was later taken up by Mia George, is that true?
That was a wrong report; I even spoke to the concerned journalist regarding that. I turned down the offer as I was working in the Jayaram, Asif Ali starrer "Mylanchi Monchulla Veed", and not because of the job that I am doing now. The radio management is very supportive.
How is your new life as an RJ?
As I told earlier, this is what I always wanted to give a try, and am really enjoying it. This is not like any other jobs, which have 9 to 5 work hour and pressure; this is basically a job where one can enjoy a lot. It gives a lot of possibilities and helps to use the creativity. And I am definitely enjoying it. Other actors-turned-RJs, including Sreejith Ravi, Adil Ibrahim and Nithin Paul among others are also really supportive.
What is the response of your Dubai fans?
The Radio industry in Dubai is competitive and huge compared to the ones in India. Here, there are a lot of rules and regulations, and we have to be very careful about what we speak out. Initially, I was very tensed, but after getting good responses from the audience, it gave me confidence. This is a new Malayalam FM station and the kind of responses we get is really good and encouraging, and we are pretty happy about it.
You have acted in all South Indian languages; which do you think were your career defining roles?
I cannot categorise any of the roles I did till now, basically I choose the best ones after liking the script. Obviously, my debut film "Mulla" is very special for me.
What is your role in the upcoming Jayaram-Asif Ali starrer " Mylanchi Monchulla Veed"?
Mine is a Muslim character and I play Asif's pair Shahina. The film is all set to hit screens on 28 November.