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Nagma, the survivor

She has acted in nine languages. One upon a time, she was the reigning queen of Tamil and Telugu cinema. Then she disappeared from the movie radar, joined Sri Sri Ravishankar's Art of Living foundation in Bangalore, became a staunch devotee, and even taught courses there.

Yes, it's Nagma we are talking about.

If you are wondering what the actress has been up to lately, you will have to go the sets of a Bhojpuri movie, Raja Thakur, being shot at Essel studio in Trombay, Mumbai.

Bollywood star-turned member of Parliament Shatrughan Sinha is playing the title role. The hero of the movie is Bhojpuri superstar Manoj Tiwari. Nagma is the heroine.

This is not her first Bhojpuri film. She has done nine of them, including the superhit Panditwa Mera Shaadi Kab Hoi, directed by Tinu Verma.

Verma is the director of Raja Thakur as well. Out of the nine Bhojpuri films Nagma has acted in so far, Verma has helmed five. He is a man full of energy. When it gets too hot, he takes off his shirt and continues directing in his undershirt.

The scene being shot is full of fights, with fires burning all over the set. "Look how many people I'm killing for you," Verma quips to Nagma.

And amid all this, Nagma, looking like a queen from a bygone era, speaks to A Ganesh Nadar about her cinematic journey, her spiritual experiences, and more. Read on.

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