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Meet the tiny superstar


AS SHE comes to the shooting site with that trademark smile intact, almost every face lights up with affection and delight. Taruni Sachdev, who plays Ammu in Vinayan's forthcoming thriller 'Vellinakshthram,' is a livewire. The director states that "her role is really crucial and in fact, it's through her character that the story unfolds."

Taruni, who hails from Mumbai, is already a noted model with such ads as VIP Luggage (remember the girl who is all smiles when her mom dances before zooming off with her luggage in an airport?), Colgate, ICICI Bank, Saffola, and many more in her kitty.

On the location, with the expressions of a thorough professional, she enquires about her scenes, the day's shoot and her dress with the director.

She was pencilled in to play Ammu in the film some days after the shooting began. Vinayan is all praise about the young artist. "All the expressions that I need, come to her easily. She has proved to be perfect for the role," he smiles.

A kindergarten student of Avabai Petit Girls' High School, n Mumbai, Taruni is into movies for the first time. Her mom says that they have decided "there would be no more films for her from now on as she has already missed quite of number of days in school."

Taruni is friendly with every member of the film's unit. "She is simply adorable," states Meenakshi, the heroine of the movie. In one scene, she is seen carrying the kid, who is asleep, to bed. As everyone in the unit gets ready for the shot, Taruni begins kissing Meenakshi on her lips. Only when she goes on repeating the act does the heroine realises that the real aim of the kid was to get the lipstick on to her lips. And some minutes later, when Taruni is told that she needs to be sleeping for the scene, she does that in a matter of seconds.

She does not have much problem in picking up the dialogues in Malayalam either.

For the next scene, when she is in the lap of Prithviraj, she helps him in his make up. In return the young hero combs her hair. The on-screen father-daughter share a great rapport off screen too. And when the camera is on, the two face it in a sober mood just as they should, for the scene. And once the scene is over, life is back to normal in their kingdom. Taruni goes on with her pranks hogging all the limelight.

V.G.

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