Actress Manali Dey is balancing between cinema and small screen like a pro. In Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy's Gotro, she plays Jhuma, a young carefree girl close to the elderly Mukti Debi, the protagonist of the movie. Her pairing with Nigel Akkara has been well received by the audience. "Nigel is such a serious guy. In the initial days of the shoot, he won't even say hi to me," she remembered. However, they became friends over the period of time, she added. "I got a good friend from Gotro," says Manali. Gotro directed by Shiboprosad and Nandita is running successfully now.