Diving right into the limelight

Unlike lead actresses in movies who shine bright in glamorous roles and performances, it is the ‘vamps’ in their typical negative shades who are most loved on Indian television, across regional languages. They fuel emotional drama along with their never ending revenge sagas. The latest pretty face to hit the Kannada television essaying a vamp, is this model-turned-actor who also hails from a family of actors. Divya Rao, who makes her small screen debut in the hit soap Jodi Hakki as Sonakshi, is also awaiting the release of her debut Telugu movie Degree Certificate. She speaks to Bengaluru Chronicle, about her acting journey so far.

The actress, who is presently pursuing her final year graduation in BBA from Vijaya College in namma Bengaluru, says that her first love was always movies, and she had made her debut with a horror movie in Kannada titled #9 Hilton House, and she later signed a Telugu movie Degree Certificate, which is on the lines of the Marathi hit film Sairat.

On what prompted her to take up television given her smooth sailing in films, Divya, shares, “I had some time in between my film shooting, and when I was offered the negative role in Jodi Hakki, I gladly accepted it. The only reason was that it is one of the most viewed and popular teleserial in Kannada, and I was also striving hard for recognition. This gave me just that, and a huge platform for my future endeavours. Though I play a villain/vamp, I am so grateful for the audience who is showering so much of love and support in such a short span of time.”

Since school days, she has been a part of various drama and plays, and she also did theatre before taking it up at a professional level. “Some of my family members and relatives are artists, and I guess it was in my genes and this influenced me to take up acting. Though I still prefer movies, the huge popularity and appreciation which comes with television has made me stay here. I am open to working in more television projects,” she adds.

A friend’s contact helped her bag her first movie in Telugu. “The film is quite similar to Sairat in Marathi, wherein I play a college girl. It has a different feel to it altogether. I had a great learning experience working in it,” says Divya, who is getting bombarded with innumerable offers in Kannada but is yet to sign her first film, as she is awaiting that perfect comeback venture.

When not shooting, Divya attends college and loves her dancing classes to let off some steam.


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