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Updated: September 3, 2009 17:50 IST

My First Break - Banu

s. r. ashok kumar
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Actor Banu
Actor Banu

How it happened

I am basically a Bharatanatyam dancer. I used to give recitals during my school days. In one such programme, a photographer clicked pictures of me. These were sent to some directors and I got to act in a Malayalam film titled “Achan Urangatha Veedu”. When I was working on a Telugu film, director Hari who got to see my performance wanted me to act in a Tamil film he was planning to make. And Thamirabharani marked my debut in Tamil. I was happy to do it as it was produced by doyen Nagi Reddy’s son Venkatrama Reddy (Babaiya).

How it felt

When the film was released in Chennai, I was busy doing a Malayalam film in Kerala. Keen to watch it, I dashed to Coimbatore. When my name and face appeared on the screen, I was more than thrilled. People recognised me and a crowd gathered around me. Some even approached me to get my autograph on rupee notes.

How life changed

I am just the same except that I have become a little reticent as I don’t want to get into unnecessary controversies. The industry has helped me learn a lot. I don’t want to give up my studies, hence am in Standard XII now. I am keen to do more films. So far I have done 8 films in Malayalam, 2 in Tamil ( Thamirabharani, Azhagarmalai), one each in Kannada and Telugu. Talks are on with Tamil producers and I may sign a couple of films soon.

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