From IT to Sandalwood

DC | NAMITA GUPTA
Published Nov 13, 2013, 6:16 pm IST
Updated Jan 10, 2016, 8:38 am IST
Sakshi Agarwal has been busy learning acting, stunts, dance and drama and can't wait for her new film to release.

She's not a celebrated actor yet, but the petite and pretty Sakshi Agarwal has all the ingredients to be a star. An upcoming South Indian actor, who made her debut with the Kannada movie 'Heddari' and then acted in 'No Parking', a Tamil film, will now be seen in 'Karaab Story', starring Jackie Shroff, Sharathbabu, Vishwa, Pranav, and the film will be made in both Kannada and Tamil.

So how did she land a role in this mafia-themed flick we ask the young girl, with starry dreams and she states, “I'm a student of Pratap Gowda, who is directing the film. He is my acting guru and is also helping me get trained in stunts and various other nuances of acting. He cast me as the lead actress in the Tamil version of this film 'Karaab Company' opposite Pranav. And for the same film in Kannada, I play the second lead and Tanmaya is the lead. My role is of a Tamil Brahmin Iyengar girl and to prepare for my role, I spent a lot of time with a Tamil Brahm family to know how they talk and basic habits intrinsic to their nature. I'm also dancing to an inspirational song being sung by Asha Bhonsle and Usha Uthup. It's the first time that Asha Tai and Usha Di are coming together to sing in Kannada. And the best part is that a few scenes will be shot by Steven Spielberg himself! For the other scenes, his assistant Steve Rice will help. It's a suspense thriller that also involves the mafia and Pratap Gowda is at his brilliant best."

 

And when did she realise she wanted to be actor?

“I'm an engineer by profession and have also completed my MBA. I worked with a leading IT firm, an MNC for a few years, and was walking the ramp for a friend's charity, when someone spotted me and asked me to do a TV commercial. After acting in Shakthi Masala and the Malabar Gold ad with actor Surya, I got a lot of TVCs and quit my job as a consultant. I knew I had found my calling and there was no looking back. I also shot a video album Jillinu Oru Kallavaram and had a guest appearance in another film called 'Raja Rani' by Murugadoss Production. I also learnt dance from Shiamak Davar and worked on my acting skills with Ratan Thakore Theatre Group. I've been trying to lose weight for this role and am enjoying my fitness sessions," she reveals.





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