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Nadiya Moidu on LGM: When I heard Dhoni was venturing into films, I was quite surprised - Exclusive

LGM stars Nadiya Moidu, Harish Kalyan and Ivana in the lead, and is directed by Ramesh Thamilmani

Nadiya Moidu on LGM: When I heard Dhoni was venturing into films, I was quite surprised - Exclusive
Harish Kalyan, Ivana and Nadiya in the poster of LGM

Last Updated: 05.58 PM, Jul 25, 2023


It's been a while since Nadiya Moidu starred in a Tamil film and hence, her upcoming project, LGM has piqued the curiosity among her fans. The actress plays a new-gen mother, who is trying to make room for her only son's girlfriend in her life. The film, helmed by Ramesh Thamilmani, stars Harish Kalyan and Ivana in the lead.

Nadiya, who was in Coimbatore recently for the film's promotions, says that she plays a contemporary mother in LGM." "I play Harish (Kalyan)'s mother, who is a practical and open-minded woman. The plot revolves around how the two women in Harish's life (his mother and girlfriend) get along with each other. It's the story of contemporary times and hence, my approach has been very casual. In M Kumaran S/o Mahalakshmi (2004), my role was different from the conventional mother roles at that time. Here, apart from my relationship with my son, the story also delves into the bond with the girl that my son loves."

Nadiya with MS Dhoni at LGM audio launch
Nadiya with MS Dhoni at LGM audio launch

Going by the trailer, it seems like you and Ivana are constantly at loggerheads with each other. "I wouldn't put it that way. I would rather say that we are trying to understand each other. When two people who do not know each other well try to get along, misunderstandings are bound to happen. There are so many fights between a mother and daughter itself. When a daughter-in-law comes into the picture, it takes more time to understand the person. Eventually, it's all about being open-minded and accepting that everyone is different and embracing change."

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So, how was the chemistry between you and Ivana considering your roles? "We were good. I would pull her leg sometimes. Since I am the senior, I could get away with a lot of things."

Elaborating on her experience working in MS Dhoni's maiden production, Nadiya says, "At first, when I heard that Dhoni was venturing into films, I was quite surprised. It's an honour that his first project is in Tamil. Dhoni had said during the film's audio launch that he had had a lot of ties with Tamil Nadu and that he is quite attached to the state. It was a fabulous experience working with his team. It was a predominantly young team and I was the senior most person on the set. Though the production team didn't know the language, they adapted to the changes and worked hard. The way things easily came together, it was nice."

When quizzed about her prolonged absence in Tamil cinema, pat comes the reply. "Well, I just happened to be busy in Telugu. I don't consider a project by its language. To me, the script is the most important thing and my character is a priority. If a big actor is part of it, it's a bonus."

Talking about the kind of characters that she looks forward to doing hereafter, Nadiya says, "At my age, I don't have too many options. So, I am taking up whatever interesting character comes my way. Today's audiences are exposed to different kinds of roles and they are more accepting. I hope something interesting comes along. That said, I would love to do action roles. "

Nadiya, who acted along with some of the top stars in the industry in the '80s, is yet to share screen space with Kamal Haasan. Would she like to work in the future? " Well, he is acting at the moment and I am, too. If an opportunity arises, why not?"

When asked if she would take the plunge into other arenas in cinema, like direction, Nadiya's answer is a clear no. "Acting is easy. I don't know much about the other crafts in films. I just do my character and enjoy the process."

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