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The first thing that strikes one about Natasha Doshi is her big and beautiful eyes. The 24 year old who makes her debut in Balakrishna-starrer Jai Simha, releasing this Sankranti is excited about her first Telugu movie. Acting isn’t new to her; she has been a child artiste and was working ever since she was eight, doing Hindi serials and innumerable commercials.
What brings her to Telugu cinema? “I am from Mumbai. My dad is a Gujarati and mother is a Malayali Catholic. Since I always had keen interest in the entertainment industry I participated in a dance reality show and also won Miss Talented in Kerala. I could not pursue acting because of studies and resumed a year later. Most people who saw me in the reality show liked me and offers came in. I had acted in Hide and Seek and in Malayalam among other projects. I took up dentistry in college and had to take leave often to come down south for films. But when I was in the final year, it became tough. So I took a break from acting and returned while during an internship. My college was supportive and I even finished my internship.”
Ask Natasha how she bagged this role in Jai Simha, and she says, “The producer and director had seen my photograph and wanted me in the film. They called me to Chennai and narrated the story. It was a beautiful story and my character is amazing. Since K S Ravi Kumar is the director, I had no doubts about the project. I have seen the Hindi dubbed versions of some of his previous films, including Dasavataram. It is a dream to work with him.” Natasha refuses to divulge any details about the plot or her role citing a non-disclosure agreement and maintains that she plays an NRI.
In awe of Balakrishna, she terms him a wise and a learned person. At first she was told that Balakrishna is strict and short tempered, but she saw that he was a child at heart. She quips, “He is a senior actor and a superstar in the Telugu industry and yet, he has this yearning to learn and master the craft. He takes his legacy to his heart and I have never seen anyone so awestruck by their father’s achievement. When he is free in between gaps he is always watching his father’s films on his iPad and makes you watch too. He kept telling us that none of us can ever act like his father and we must learn from his films.”
Natashs adds that K S Ravi Kumar enacts each scene to the actors. “He is a perfectionist and works the same way with every artiste. Even when there is no scene of mine, I would sit in front of the monitor and see how he executes a scene. There’s so much to learn from him.” Jai Simha has three heroines, the others being Nayantara and Hari Priya. Natasha shot for her part in Ramoji Film City, Kumbakonam and Dubai.
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