Nandita Swetha, who has been shuttling between Telugu and Tamil industries, will be seen in the cop role for the upcoming suspense thriller Hidimbha.
In a chitchat with the media on Saturday, 15 July, the Bluff Master (2018) actress revealed that she has been suffering from a rare disorder called Fibromyalgia.
It is characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.
‘Not an autoimmune disease’
“Because of Fibromyalgia, I can’t work out excessively. I can’t just go on a diet that affects my metabolism. The disorder slowly spreads through the body. It’s been like three years. This is not an autoimmune disease though and is caused due to physical stress and sleepless nights,” Nandita Swetha clarified.
The actor further added, “Fibromyalgia never goes away, it stays in the body. Heavy workouts, a rigorous diet, and sleep deprivation shouldn’t be allowed. Unfortunately, all these things happened to me while I was working for Hidimbha. I had to struggle a lot. Because the cop character that I played in it demanded physical strength and confidence. It’s been nearly two years of journey.”
While Ashwin Babu and Nandita Swetha are playing the lead roles, Hidimhba also casts Makarand Deshpande, Shiju, Sahithi Avancha, Rajeev Kanakala, Subhalekha Sudhakar, and Raghu Kunche in key roles.
It is scheduled for release in theatres on 20 July.
Intense cop role
In Hidimbha, Nandita Swetha plays an intense police inspector named Aadhya who investigates the mysterious disappearance of women in the city.
“When director Aneel Kanneganti asked me to wear the police uniform, I was not shy because I already did a female-oriented role earlier.”
She added, “While I was doing IPC 376 (2021), I was shy and not confident because I didn’t have the fitness and confidence back then, to get into the skin of the character. But for Hidimbha, I was more confident when I looked at myself as a cop.”
Swetha plays a strong female character in the movie who she describes as an equivalent character to the male protagonist.
“That’s what piqued my interest to invest my energy into the project. My co-star and made lead Ashwin was already prepared, looking bulky enough to ace the role. After seeing him, I was all pumped up.”
Broke ‘no-intimate-scene’ policy
Hidimbha took its own time to complete its shooting and other stages of production.
“That was because of the making and quality that we desired. Specifically, scouring for a location and preps took us almost a month, and then shooting took another month. Director Aneel took a lot of pain in searching suitable locations in Kerala which I think fetched well for the film.”
Although Nandita Swetha followed a “no-intimate-scene” rule in her previous films, she broke her reservations with Hidimbha.
“I felt that I am working with a professional team. And I wanted to do what the script demanded. I wasn’t told about the intimate scene when I heard the story. Halfway through the shoot, Aneel told me about the scene and why it was needed in the flick,” she said.
The actress remarked: “I felt it was fair to have such a scene in the story which is going so seriously forward.”
Swetha stated that her character Aadhya is a serious and no-nonsense cop who means business.
“Director Aneel tried to bring the naturality in my character as far as fight sequences are concerned. I’m not a glamour doll, I don’t try much on the screen. But here, you will see dusky skin with subtle makeup. She never bangs in style.”
‘Have a long way to go’
Nandita Swetha has done a bunch of horror, thriller, and murder mystery films — both in Telugu and Tamil languages.
“I am feeling as if I’ve just completed shooting my first movie,” she smiled, adding that the feeling brings back the memories of her supernatural romantic thriller Ekkadiki Pothavu Chinnavada which came in 2016.
The Devi 2 (2019) actress asserted that she is not striving for that elusive stardom.
“Stardom is not something that I get instantly on asking. I’m working on it. A long way to go. Maybe it’s elusive because I do more experimental films and performance-oriented characters. Whether it is a hit or flop, I keep doing films,” she noted.
“I’ve done Ratham (2018) with Vijay Antony and there’s Ranam (2018), too. OMG and Mangalavaaram are on the anvil. Further, I’ve three films in Telugu and two in Tamil which will release this year. None of these characters is repetitive,” the actor signed off.