Although her first film appearance was in Hum Tum Aur Ghost, with the film and her presence in it largely going unnoticed, the 30 yr old Nikhila Trikha is in the news for a different reason altogether. She plays Ranbir Kapoor's mom in Prakash Jha's star studded 'Raajneeti'.
It is said that Ranbir is extremely particular about who plays his mom on screen. In Raajneeti the choice was narrowed down even further since Prakash Jha wanted the actress playing Ranbir's mother to resemble him physically.
After considering several unusual actresses for the part of his mother including Raveena Tandon (who thought she wasn't old enough to play Ranbir's mother) and Mrinal Kulkarni, director Jha zeroed in on a completely new 30-year old aspiring actress named Nikhila Trikha.
Totally new to acting Nikhila was chosen for her facial resemblance to her screen-son Ranbir.
Says Parkash Jha, “I was very clear that the facial resemblance has to be very strong. I wanted Ranbir, Arjun Rampal to look like brothers, which they do, and I wanted the actress playing Ranbir's mother to look like him.”
Ranbir apparently gave his nod the minute he saw the unknown actress who has to play a very young woman required to take over a political dynasty and later, her US- based son Ranbir's mother in this dynastic saga.
Known to work with seasoned and saleable actresses, the choice of an inexperienced actress did invite some comment. According to Jha, when Nikhila auditioned for the part he instinctively knew she was right for the part although she has had little acting experience. In fact Ranbir who's much younger than her was far more experienced. But he never let her feel like a newcomer.
Incidentally Ranbir tends to treat his screen -moms with far more respect than he does his other co-stars. It is said that the unknown Nikhila got more attention on location for Raajneeti than Katina Kaif.