Charity is never far from her mind
Kollywood actress Hansika Motwani is well known back home as a philanthropist
At 24, she already boasts more than 40 movies under her belt.
Yet, Kollywood actress Hansika Motwani still finds the time to help the less fortunate.
According to The Times of India, she began adopting orphans on her 20th birthday and has not looked back. She is taking care of the food, shelter and educational needs of 28 children.
Hansika visits them during her vacation time, but declined to divulge more information because she "does not want to expose them (to the public)".
She was in town on last week to promote the South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) to be held in Singapore, where she will be performing.
The busy Indian beauty, who won Best Actress at last year's SIIMA for playing a vengeful spirit in horror flick Aranmanai, held a meet-and-greet with fans at Apolo Bistro Restaurant & Bar at The Little India Arcade and headlined a roadshow held at Campbell Lane.
Hansika, who is single, told The New Paper in an interview before the events: "I am doing this because God has given me enough, so I want to give to others who don't have it."
She is well known back home as a philanthropist.
SELFIE TIME: Hansika Motwani capturing the crowd and (above) posing with fan Prasaanth Ravindran. TNP PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO
This is perhaps why her more fervent fans have erected a temple in her name in Madurai, India.
Upon mention of the temple, she scrunched up her nose before saying, "No controversial questions, please!", and refused to answer anything related to extreme fandom.
Hansika is now filming action movie Bogan, which is slated to be released in December.
While juggling her responsibilities as a part-time surrogate "mother" and full-time actress, she said she "can't go without painting" as it is her "stress release".
She plans to organise an art exhibition to showcase her best pieces.
Student Prasaanth Ravindran, 23, who was still in a daze after taking a selfie with Hansika during the meet-and-greet, told TNP his idol insisted on knowing the names of her fans before posing for a picture with them.
"She is the second-most beautiful woman ever," he said with a sigh.
Who is the first then? "My mother," he replied with a cheeky grin.
At the roadshow, which attracted a 500-strong crowd, three fans got to dance alongside her on stage.
But altruism is never far from her mind and she urged: "If you are capable and fortunate (enough) to help another person, please go ahead."
South Indian International Movie Awards
June 30 (Telugu and Kannada film awards) and July 1 (Tamil and Malayalam film awards)
Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre
$45 to $325 from Sistic (Tel: 6348-5555 or sistic.com.sg)