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who dons the police officer role in Satyam is
clashing with the titans for the Onam season. Son of
late actor Sukumaran, Prithiviraj after the success
of Velinakshatram was in news for not toeing the
AMMA diktat. He has also been linked with the young
actresses in Kerala. His future films are for
Priyanandan (Neyuthukaran fame) with MT’s story; a
film for Lal creations, one film each with
did you enter films?
When I was five year old, I told my parents that I
wanted to become an actress. They just laughed it
off as the reaction of a star-struck kid. Ten years
later, I had just joined the Plus Two course when I
got an offer from Kamal sir. As soon as my work in
Nammal was over, Sibi Malayil sir offered me a role
in his film Kisan.
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have heard that you interfere with the scripting of
You are right! My commitment is to the people and
the producer. Till Joker I did not interfere with
the script because a scriptwriter like Lohitadas
does not need one. There are only ten directors in
Kerala with whom I don’t interfere and Lohitadas is
does your name signify?
‘Nayan’ means eyes, ‘Tara’ means stars. Eyes which
sparkle like stars (smiles) I was shooting for
my first Tamil film. I could not believe that I was
going to be cast as Rajni sir's heroine because he
has been paired opposite the topmost heroines. They
all (including the director) saw me only on the
first day of the shooting
family is my first priority” – Menaka
Actress Menaka, who essayed powerful lead roles with
Mohanlal and Shankar is on a comeback trail. After
19 years she makes a comeback as heroine in small
screen. "I never said that I've stopped acting. Now
that my daughter has finished her tenth standard....
do you think is the reason for the crisis in filmdom?
Blame lies on producer and stars. Producers should take film-making seriously.
Joint responsibility to bring good films is needed. After a film is
released each one comes with suggestions about improving the film. Once my
present assignments are over I will demand a full script.
you start out as a glamour doll in films?
I was sitting at home doing nothing when an agent came to my house and asked my
mother if, I would like to act in a film called Playgirls, (a Tamil film) and if
it was okay with me, then I had to report at once. My reply being yes, the same
day afternoon I had to face the camera...
you feel that you have been typecast as a hero of family
Yes, Rajasenan and I together gave lot of hits with subjects
that are aimed at family audiences. Our movies have few
comedians, a heroine and a storyline, which attracts the
families. All Rajasenan and Jayaram movies have been hits. And
this has made me typecast as a hero of family dramas...
not going to say that I didn’t even think about marriage. I
want a good and peaceful life. God surely knows when to bring
my groom to me. I never said that I wouldn’t do films in other
languages. But, this is an information that I’ll have to deny.
I’m waiting for good offers. The film is getting delayed
due to callsheet problem of other stars. I hope they begin
you please tell us something about your family and
Father: Sunil into hotel business and my mother
Sadhana, house wife. I have a sister Sangutha, +2
student and grandmother. During my college days at
St.Teresas, Lal uncle and Rajeev uncle called me for
a screening test at Rasikanˇ¦s shooting location,