Talent has no boundaries. Indeed, as this actress hails all the way from a remote village, Herur near Shanivara Sante in Sakaleshpura taluk of Hassan district. With no formal training but for some interest in performing arts, she landed in namma Bengaluru after pursuing her graduation.
After working as a TV anchor, Shobitha Shivanna is now a popular face on Kannada television with at least 12 tele-serials so far including her most popular one being the latest Brahmagantu by the renowned tele-serial maker Shruthi Naidu, on Zee Kannada. There has been an attempt to murder in her career too! Well, it's her second feature film titled ATM which stands for ‘Attempt to murder’ and then Vandana, which are ready for release. Here is what she shares with Bengaluru Chronicle on her attempts to succeed in the world of entertainment.
“I have worked in more than 12 tele-serials in Kannada within three-and-a-half years of landing in Bengaluru after completing my graduation in arts from Sakaleshpura. Among them, Gaalipata was the first with me in the lead and other prominent ones being Mangala Gowri, Kogile, and now Brahmagantu. Rest are Krishna Rukhmini, Deepavu Ninnade Gaaliyu Ninnade, Ammavru, and Mane Devru. Meanwhile, my debut Kannada feature film was Yeradondla Mooru where I shared screen space with Chandan and Shwetha Pandit,” says Shobitha.
While initially she had no dreams of making it into small screens or films, she retained her interest by performing dance during her student days. But post her degree, she thought of giving it a try and joined as a TV anchor where she gained the much needed confidence after interacting with popular film personalities.
“I did face a lot of hiccups during my initial days as a TV anchor especially when interviewing big stars. I would stay awake for long hours rehearsing on framing proper questions and practising being spontaneous. It helped me to a great extent and even brought me closer to my dreams. It was actor Chandan who had referred by name for my first film. By then I had made it big in serials,” shares Shobitha, adding that she wonders on how she managed with no formal training when she started the journey.
Insofar as her popular soap Brahmagantu goes, she adds that it’s an interesting character which has the right balance of negative and positive energies. “I loved it when Shruthi madam offered it to me,” Shobitha says as she had never portrayed such a challenging character before.
About her films, in Yeradondla Mooru, Shobitha played a blind girl’s character and whereas in ATM, a suspense thriller she only reveals that she will be seen as an IT employee in this mystery tale. Vanadana, is a horror venture where she shares the screen space with the devil! Apart from acting, keeping fit with yoga and exercises rate high on her priority list. Shobhitha is now looking forward to visiting her village for quality time with her parents.