If it was not for the love of formula one racing sessions, Nivetha Pethuraj would have spent a sombre time during the pandemic. She says actors in the glam industry should frequently try new avocations to keep themselves engaged. “It’s good for actors to try different things because the pandemic has shown hell to us.
Thinking about film projects, actors would slip into depression. If I am off from shooting, I would take up racing. When I am done, I get back to film sets. The racing world is a complete contrast from movies. I completely immerse myself in it when I am at the wheel. It was so enriching that as soon as I got into Formula One, I signed three Tamil projects. So it’s very important for actors to have alternative things than just acting, at least for heroines,” she says.
Nivetha is playing the role of Theera in the upcoming movie ‘Paagal’ in which she shares screenspace with actor Vishwak Sen. Speaking about her experience with her co-star Vishwak, Nivetha says was a bit nervous working with actor Vishwak Sen initially.
“The first time when I met him he was running around the sets like a small boy. In the beginning, I was scared because he was younger to me, I didn’t know how will I connect to me. And now I can say he is more mature than me. Almost the entire process of film production, direction, artiste management, he managed single handedly everything on the sets. A person who is just 25 year old, having so much maturity, is going to be in the top league,” she says.
Nivetha says she emotionally got connected with the story when she first heard the narration from director Naresh Kuppili. “A newbie in the industry, Naresh was a master in narrating a story. I was very confident about his script narration. Theera looks very emotional. And the story gets serious when a mellow and soft-natured girl like her bumps into a psychopath like Vishwak. But making wise I didn’t know. But I could sense during the first few days itself — the level of making was like that of a filmmaker who had experience of three films,” she adds.
The actor is unsure about the forthcoming third wave and is skeptical of her Telugu project that is scheduled to be launched soon.