A successful practising cardiologistin England, Dr Niharica Raizada, grand-daughter of legendary musician O P Nayyar, has debuted in a hit Bengali romantic comedy Damadol with an item number.
Niharica has also been signed up for three films by a major Bollywood production house.
Asked what made her take a plunge into the world of showbiz, Niharica told PTI at a special screening of Damadol, "I don't see why someone pursuing cardiac science cannot take a plunge into a creative world. Are these two irreconcilable, specially in this age?"
The great musical maestro O.P. Nayyar (Photo Courtesy: Facebook)
Niharica, who was born in Luxembourg in Europe and studied medicine in London, subsequently specialised in her favourite subject of cardiology at Johns Hopkins (Baltimore), under a Fulbright scholarship.
Insisting that her foray into the world of performing arts was not a flash-in-the-pan decision, the doctor-turned-artiste said she had been practising classical dance and ballet from a very young age.
"I remember that I was just five when I performed Bharatnatyam dance in Germany. But I admit I have qualms in being an eye candy for the audience, I want to play a today's woman," she said.
"After graduating from Johns Hopkins, I had the choice of taking a break from a career in medicine to follow my inner calling in arts and acting ? and that's what I am doing," she said.