Entertainment Mollywood 03 Feb 2016 How a photo changed ...

How a photo changed her life

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SHREEJAYA NAIR
Published Feb 3, 2016, 7:46 am IST
Updated Feb 3, 2016, 7:46 am IST
The director chanced upon Arthana Binu's picture and she became the female lead in a Telugu movie.
Arthana Binu
 Arthana Binu

Actress Arthana Binu says she had no association with films. But a Facebook photograph of hers changed everything and she is now reaping great praise for her performance as the female lead in her debut film, Telugu movie Seethamma Andalu Ramayya Sitralu.

"It wasn't even on my page. Director Srinivas Gavireddy saw a photograph of mine on my friend's Facebook page and approached me through my friend. I later went to Hyderabad, gave an audition and got selected for the part. I have always been interested in acting and have been doing ads and modelling ever since I finished schooling. I have done a short film Online Predators and have also co-anchored a Malayalam game show Smart Show.

 

But this was a new experience. Post-release, I have been getting good reviews and many are messaging me saying that my performance doesn't look like that of a debutante,” explains the Thriuvananthapuram girl. She adds that her family is her biggest support.

Arthana says she also found a good friend at the sets of her Telugu film. “I found a great friend in Raj Tarun. He is such a big star and I was lucky to work with him. I don't think I could have found a better buddy than him. Working with him was so much fun. He is grounded and extremely supportive,” she says.

 

She may have debuted in another language, but she will soon be seen on the big screen in Malayalam as well. “My first Malayalam film Muthugavu is almost ready for release. I have worked with Lijo Jose Pelliserry for ad shoots and Sandra Thomas, who is producing the movie, heard about me from him. She approached me to do the role. I play the female lead in the film opposite Suresh Gopi Sir's son Gokul,” she adds. But she is in no hurry to sign more films. “I'm in my final year of B.A. Journalism and my exams are approaching.  So I want to finish the course before more shoots. But of course, if good projects come my way, I would love to sign them," she signs off.

 

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