Bangalore: Before she made it big on the silver screen, she was a household name in her debut teleserial Ashwini Nakshatra. Since then, her destiny has taken a surge for the brighter, thanks to the soap’s fan following. This also helped her bag Shashank’s next directorial venture Krishna Leela. Mayuri Kyatari, who hails from North Karnataka says that she had never imagined that a girl from Hubli would get such good projects in the initial stages of her career. And she is thankful for it.
“Soon after my small screen debut, I kept getting offers to work in films. I did not take them up as I was unsure about them, neither was I fully prepared. Later Shashank Sir called me and I immediately felt that it was the right time to take up films. Especially when a great director whose films I have always adored calls. Moggina Manassu is my favourite, in which stars like Yash and Radhika Pandit made their debut,” says Mayuri.
She feels blessed that actor Ajay Rao is launching her in his first-ever home production. “I hope my stars will shine like the many who made their debut with Shashank Sir who then went on to become big stars.”
She reveals that she started her career way before her small screen debut, working as an anchor and performing a few shows as a freelancer with leading MNCs. “Those experiences helped me bag a programme in which my work was appreciated. However, I went back to finish my graduation in commerce. Soon after, before applying for a course in mass communication, the audition of Ashwini Nakshatra happened and it was launched during Kichcha Sudeep’s first season hosting of Bigg Boss. It has been a turning point in my career.”
The Krishna Leela heroine has been a trained free style dancer for over 14 years. “In Hubli, a girl doing free style dance was a big thing but my family supported me and it was also because of my mother that I took up acting. I am so thankful that she changed my mind. Now, most of the little things which I wished for are coming true — I do not like to rush in and spoil the fun,” says Mayuri, who reveals that she is a big time foodie and hates restricting herself when it comes to food.
“It has been very tough on me when it comes to following a particular food habit since I come from North Karnataka. I am adjusting and have been eating a lot of healthy food, while sadly staying away from tasty food,” she laughs adding that working for Krishna Leela was amazing as the team was so dedicated, including the cinematographer who has picturised her beautifully. “The level of comfort working with Ajay Sir and Shashank Sir, who helped me excel in acting and understanding the makings of a film, was wonderful,” she says.
“When I am not shooting, I am always hooked on to my bluetooth listening to my favourite music. I have DJ friends who send me music, and dance keeps me fit,” says the actress who feels both small and big screen have been very exciting. “The small screen gave me life and the big screen is enthusing life, they are like my two eyes. Helping me head to the right place,” she signs