Nidhi Subbaiah: Kannada cinema is my home and I belong here

The actor, who is returning to cinema after a three-year-break feels working with Shivarajkumar in Ayushman Bhava is the best way for her to return to Kannada films
Nidhi Subbaiah: Kannada cinema is my home and I belong here

Nidhi Subbaiah, popularly known as the 'Pancharangi hudugi' of Kannada cinema after her film with director Yogaraj Bhat, was one of those Kannada actors who made a transition to Bollywood. She worked in Hindi films like Oh My God, Azaab Gazab Love, Direct Ishq, and Love Shagun, among others. However, she took a 3-year break from the silver screen due to personal reasons. Now, returning with Ayushman Bhava, Nidhi admits that a film with Shivarajkumar is the best way for her to return to the Kannada movie industry.

“The reason for me to move back from Mumbai to Bengaluru was Ayushman Bhava, and also for everyone to know that this is the industry where I belong. Since I was out of sight, a misconception grew that I will not do Kannada films. On the contrary, I am looking forward to doing more films here,” she says.

Nidhi describes her character in the musical suspense thriller, made under the banner of Dwarakish Chitra, as an “extremely glamorous, modern village girl.” According to Nidhi, director P Vasu is known for etching strong female characters and working with him was a whole new experience. “This role will feature me in a different light, and I’m happy to see myself in a never-seen-before avatar,” says the actor. 

Talking about how she bagged the project, Nidhi says, “Producer Yogi Dwarakish and I have been friends. It all happened when we caught up in Mumbai, and he asked me whether I was interested in doing a Kannada film. He told me that he had an interesting role for me in Ayushman Bhava. I said, ‘of course’, and got a narration from him then and there. Yogi also called the director, who too felt that I would be the perfect fit, and I was on board right away.”

Nidhi and Shivanna had an opportunity to work together even before Ayushman Bhava, but the project did not take off, she reveals. “It was Suni’s Manamohaka which had me paired opposite Shivanna. We were supposed to start the shoot, but the project did not go as per plans. I am happy that Ayushman Bhava has brought us together now,” she says, adding, “I was excited to see Harsha master, who choreographed the songs, and Ravi Varma handling the fight sequences. Watching all of them on the sets of this film, I felt I was back home. I have worked with them in every film of mine.”

Now that Nidhi has decided to take her career forward in Kannada, she has a wish list too. “I want to go back to working with Yogaraj Bhat and maybe do a Pancharangi 2 with him. I am also looking forward to teaming up with Suri, and go back to the Anna Bond days,” she signs off.

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