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    Shuba – Serene and sensible

    Thursday, July 20, 2006
    I know pretty well that I am at the learning stage of my career says the pretty looking Shuba Punja. She had made foray in to Kannada film after four Tamil films. Dedication and patience are the hall mark for success she feels in a chat recently at a get together of her debut release in Kannada ''''''''Jackpot''''''''.

    Excerpts of an interview:

    You seem to be very young and daring in your selection of costumes….

    I am very young is true. I have joined films after completing my 12th in Bishop Cotton, Bangalore. I am daring in costumes you are telling because of my wear today. I want to be casual and up to date.

    The costume you wear off screen is different from on screen it seems?

    You are telling because you have seen 'Jackpot'. I am not in modern outfits in this film. What I mean to say is that the costume is decided by the situation written for the film.

    You came straight before the camera….

    I am Bharatanatyam dancer. I have been performing right from the age of seven. In 2004 I got a chance in Tamil film 'Maccha'. I underwent 20 days training for this film. Director Mr Vasanthkumar workshop helped me a lot to learn how to face the camera. I was director's actress from that film.

    From second film what happened?

    I started analyzing my role a bit. Now I can discuss with my viewpoint with the director.

    What is your family background?

    I hail from Udupi. My father is an industrialist my mother is a retired teacher. One brother is working for Kingfisher Airlines while the other one is running an adventure club. I am staying at Kilpuk area in Chennai as paying guest.

    How many films you have completed in Tamil?

    Thirudiya Iyathai, Valibaan Oru Ponnu Oru Paiyya and Shanmuga are my films as of now. I have acted opposite Dushyanth, Kunal, Richard, Manoj and Dhyan so far.

    What is your main objective in this field?

    Each movie of mine should be outstanding. I do not want to do more number of films and not want to wash out from the eyes of public quickly. I am slowly and steadily working on this objective. I know the results cannot come quickly.

    Are you not accepting roles for the sake of money?

    Making money would be easy once you give a series of hits. To give that hit we have to struggle hard is what I believe.

    The offers come to you because you can do glam roles?

    I don't think so. Whatever glamour you portray on screen the ultimate is performance.

    What do you do when you have free time on the sets?

    I watch others performance before the camera. That is a way to learn. Once I came at 6.30 am to the set and till 3 pm I was sitting without appearing before camera. All I did was observation of technical portions of shooting and other artist performances.

    You have already got variety of roles?

    I am in to bubbly roles all these days. In Valibaan I have got a traditional role.

    How did you like your role in 'Jackpot'?

    As this is my first film I have done the role offered to me. For me Antara Biswas role was good
    in the film 'Jackpot'. Without knowing the language she had performed very well. There was scope for performance for her in the film. I felt cool on the sets because I know the Kannada language.

    What do you do when you come to Bangalore?

    I come here to enjoy. When I am free from shooting I land up here. In Chennai I am staying as a paying guest in Kilpuk house.

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