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    Benign and beaming Bhavana Rao

    Wednesday, August 08, 2007
    Bhavana Rao is delighted on her debut Kannada film ''Gaalipata''. Sensible to blazon in tinsel town Bhavana is bound to make it big. Bharatanatyam has earned her a share of respectability. She is confident of becoming a competent actress and corner greater matinee glory in the years to come.

    Bhavana is mature enough to take things as they come. She spoke to this correspondent at Planters Club in near Kalasa on her past, present and future.

    Excerpts of an interview:

    Can you furnish a brief backgrounder about you?

    I was born in Shimoga and brought up in Bangalore. To be precise I stayed in Malleswaram for twenty years. Now I have moved to new residence in Jalahalli. My father is M.S.Rama Rao an export businessman of chemicals and machineries. My mother is Uma Rao. She was running a play home. I have an elder brother in the family. I studied in Seshadripuram College and done my Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource and Management from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. I am basically a Bharatanatyam dancer.

    Who is your mentor in dance?

    Smt.Bhavani Rao has taught me Bharatanatyam right from the age of six years. I have done 'Vidwat' in Bharatanatyam.

    Did you get noticed in Bharatanatyam performance by anyone?

    I was spotted by Cochin Kalyani Silks for an ad. I have given hundreds of stage shows.

    With what objectives you came to films?

    I want powerful and potential roles in films. Even if I get a small role it should be on par with lead cast in the cinema. People should talk about my role. I am naughty right from child age. I like cantankerous roles.

    Do you have camera fear?

    No. I was doing anchoring for a few ZEE and Asianet Suvarna television channels. One Mr Pratap took me to Mr Yogaraj Bhat as he was looking for new faces for his 'Gaalipata'. I was nervous at the audition.

    What exactly you aim for?

    From the childhood my parents taught me that I should do what my heart says. I am following it and I feel very comfortable with it.

    What is important for you in this film field?

    I would say glamour is not important. Acting is important. Just glamour will not keep us for long. I know the history of some of the good actors.

    What about money?

    We should not go behind money. It should come to us. For that we have to do hard work with sincerity and devotion. Money comes and goes but morality is the one that comes and grows.

    You hail from a 'smartha' Brahmin family. Was there any opposition?

    I had a meeting with my parents. I have promised them that I will not do anything that brings down their prestige. Then they trusted me and gave encouragement to accept the precious offer in 'Gaalipata'.

    You are in love with……. At present with 'Gaalipaata'.

    I have immensely liked how Yogaraj Bhatji explains to act.

    Do you know your weaknesses?

    Yes. I am short and I am thin. Growing to heights is important now. I would grow a little fat. Camera knowledge is concerned I should learn the movements and surely I don't have any fear.

    What is your eating habit?

    I am very fond of 'Ragi balls' and 'Soppina Saaru' (rasam made out of green leaves). I would like to eat this combination whenever I am hungry. 'Ragi balls' is very good food that gives lot of strength.


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