'Let’s see who’s around five years from now'
Bengaluru girl Nidhi Agerwal makes her debut with Munna Michael, starring Tiger Shroff, which releases this week
Heroines, usually, do movies in other languages hoping for a break in B-Town. Actresses such as Deepika Padukone and now Kriti Kharbanda had to do their time in Sandalwood before making it in Bollywood. But not so with this Bengaluru girl Nidhi Agerwal. This model-turned-actress will make her debut in the industry with a Hindi movie Munna Michael starring Tiger Shroff and directed by Sabbir Khan.
“It is a wonderful feeling,” says Nidhi, in conversation with CE, “but, there is an equal amount of anxiety because this is my very first film. Since it is a big film, I couldn’t afford to make too many mistakes. I tried to go as prepared as I could and I have worked really hard.”
Having walked the ramp for a short while, the actress says her photoshoots helped her face the camera with confidence. “I have never had a problem facing the camera,” she says. “In fact, I see a better version of me the moment camera and lights are on, and they say action,” she says.
To Nidhi, Tiger is already a star in the making in Bollywood. “Tiger is a performer through and through,” she says. “It is not easy sharing screen space with somebody who is so good. But, when you know someone so talented is present, you just work on doing better and that’s what I did. Tiger was very supportive and that helped me settle in.”
Munna Michael is a tribute to Michael Jackson, but it is not based on the musician’s life. The film promises to be an interesting story with a love triangle. “It revolves around Tiger, Nawazuddin and me. I play a dancer, and my character is much more than just the hero’s love interest,” says Nidhi, who enjoyed doing the moonwalk for a scene.
“I was trained in ballet for seven years. In my childhood, I took classes in various forms of dance. This helps me pick up other styles easily,” she says.
Nidhi has no godfathers or a film family backing her, but she sounds confident about making it. “There is competition, but let us see who will be spoken about five years from now,” she says. “I am happy with what I've got and I know I need to work hard to get where I want to be.”
She does not mind doing a South Indian film, but has one condition. “Something like a Baahubali project,” she says.