A ‘Nish’ in drama!

Deccan Chronicle.  | Shashiprasad SM

Entertainment, Sandalwood

Kannada soap star Nisha has bagged the female lead in Gattimela. Here is an exclusive chat with the charming young actress.

She has managed her studies as she juggles between stage shows and TV ventures but with her latest, she is finding it hard to attend classes.

Her father who hails from Sakleshpur was an artist who used to perform street plays in his youth before he moved to Bengaluru seeking better opportunities with his family. When he saw his only daughter’s interest towards art thanks to her extra-curricular activities in school, he encouraged her from a very young age. From learning classical music to Bharatanatyam, she faced the camera for the first time when she was in class six, as a TV anchor, hosting shows for the Chintu TV, the only dedicated channel for children in Kannada. Now, actress Nisha who previously made her television debut in Sarva Mangala Mangalye, has bagged the female lead role in the upcoming brand new family drama on Zee Kannada’s Gattimela which starts from March 11 at 8 pm. She shares her journey with Bengaluru Chronicle.

“My television debut in Sarva Mangala Mangalye helped me get this great offer to work in Gattimela. However, I was selected only after the necessary screen tests were done. Fortunately, I was selected to play the lead role — Amulya. Though I was working in a serial for another channel, there were no such restrictions to take up this exciting venture. Now, the role in my debut serial is being replaced with another artiste, so I am dedicating all my time for Gattimela,” says Nisha, who is presently pursuing her first year in B.Com from RNS College.

She has managed her studies as she juggles between stage shows and TV ventures but with her latest, she is finding it hard to attend classes. “Right from nursery, my parents Ravi Krishnan and Usha,e encouraged my interest in the performing arts. My father would take me to singing and dance classes, and later my mother would accompany me for all my TV and stage shows. It is because of their support, I could pursue my interests. Also, I would manage to excel in studies which helped me gain support from school and college. During examinations, I carry my study materials to work,” Nisha adds.

In Gattimela, Nisha plays Amulya. She says that it has been a wonderful experience working along with great senior artists including Sudha Madam, the daughter of legendary comedian Narasimharaju Sir.

“It is a family drama which revolves around a middle class family who has four daughters to take care of. Everyday has been a learning experience. Sudha Madam, who plays my mother is so dear to all of us. We call her Amma even off screen. Such is the bonding on the sets,” she explains.

She has been getting offers to work in movies but due to her time commitment to television, she has been unable to take up any as of now.