She was just a teenager when she decided to tour, teach and perform across the U.S — spreading the old-world charm of classical Bharatanatyam overseas; at the same time, willing her Tamil roots to continue falling for Kollywood cinema. Despite being from Malaysia, the naturally-talented Puvisha Manoharan who is well-versed in everything from hockey and swimming, to martial arts and athletics, always nursed an ambition to become an integral part of the film industry since she was first spotted four years ago. “Travelling the U.S gave me amazing perspective — Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York were the places I mostly taught at. There is a lot of difference between how dance culture is viewed there and back home — here, it’s almost an intrinsic part of life as we know it! Overseas, it’s more of a hobby, though a lot of effort is put into it,” she muses.
Her dancing career soon led to a film debut in a small-scale Tamil film in 2010, after which she moved to Chennai. “That’s how Bala sir’s Paradesi came calling. It was a small role, but I couldn’t let the opportunity pass on! Next up, I played the role of Deepika Padukone’s sister in Chennai Express, which was a wonderful experience. SRK ji is an incredibly simple person, and makes anyone around him feel like a star! Deepika, on the other hand, was super-friendly and jovial,” recalls the 24-year-old.
Since then, Puvisha’s moved on to make her solo heroine debuts in Kannada and Telugu as well, though an elusive lead in Tamil still haunts her — “Being a hardcore Tamilian, obviously my dream is to work in Kollywood as soon as possible! Plenty of films keep coming, but I’m trying to wait for the right one. As of now, I’m busy with other languages, so there’s no hurry, even though I live in Chennai. I do love socialising, so I’m constantly out at events, partying and making acquaintances. I love the city and the people here!”
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