From performing in street plays at Mount Carmel College, where she studied arts, to acting in one of her first projects with Suriya and Shruti Hassan in 7Aum Arivu, Bengaluru girl Dhanya Balakrishna has come a long way. She will be debuting as lead actor in a Telugu film, Second Hand, which is set to release this July.
“Second Hand is all about relationships. While women are generally portrayed as “ditchers” in most movies, director Kishore Tirumala has taken a 180 degree turn and explained why women are sometimes so indecisive about men in this movie.
My character has three shades — a girl who is dating, a woman just about to get married and a woman who has been deceived,” she said. Dhanya has got a lot more in her kitty than just Second Hand. Her next release will be a fantasy movie about travelling to the moon. “Shooting for Chandamama Lo Amrutham was one of the best experiences, I have had so far,” she said. She is also awaiting the release of her romcom flick Raja Rani where she has acted with Nayanthara and Arya.
Although at a very nascent stage in her acting career, Dhanya has bagged roles in films with stars like Suriya and Siddharth. When asked about her experience with these actors, Dhanya very professionally says, “Both actors are extremely intelligent and know about every aspect of filming. On the other hand, working with the three actors in Second Hand had all the chemistry required because I knew they were putting in as much effort as I was.”
Dhanya has had her share of popularity and infamy in equal doses. More than a year ago she got into an uncalled-for controversy with Tamil Nadu, which made her quit Kollywood. But now as bad memories die down, Dhanya is slowly emerging from her cocoon, and is on everyone’s positive side.
She doesn’t want to rush into anything. “I will take movies as they come,” she said just as she got off a call with a director who was reading out a script to her. When asked if she would step into Bollywood, she said, “I’m not very particular. The tag of the industry doesn’t matter as long as I’m working with a good director and a good script.”
After shooting movies in Tamil Nadu and Andra Pradesh and having travelled to Europe on a holiday in May, Dhanya says she missed Bengaluru. “I loved every bit of my Euro trip, especially Paris. But there is no city like Bengaluru. It’s always good to come back to my family after a long shoot outside. Plus nothing beats the city’s weather and the people,” she said.
Currently Dhanya is reading what she calls the “Bible of film making,” by Robert McKee. With the likes of Kamal Hassan, Sridevi, Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks being her role models, Dhanya is surely on the right path to be Bengaluru’s next big name!