Kavya Suresh is slowly becoming a recognisable face in the film industry. For those who don’t recognise by her name, she is ‘Tina’ from the movie Kamuki, the bubbly actress who acted as Aparna Balamurali’s friend. Born and raised in Chennai, she is a passionate Bharatanatyam dancer who fortuitously came into movies.
Kavya started her movie career with Lasagu Usaga, playing the lead role opposite Govind Padmasoorya. However, her roles in Ore Mukham and Kamuki made her popular with the audience. All the fame and attention she is getting now, she attributes to dance. “I’ve been learning dance from childhood. My priority was to learn and practice an art form. Things got serious when actress Jayabharathi ma’am came as a guest for my arangettam,” she recalls.
“She was impressed by my performance and conveyed to my parents that she would train me professionally. That’s when dance became a serious passion for me. Training under her also resulted in me developing a likeness for movies. By God’s grace, I had a lot of opportunities and was able to perform on some popular stages. So, it’s dance that paved the way for movies,” she says.
Every stage and performance is significant to her and the entry into films was unexpected. “I never thought I’ll turn out to be an actress. I did graduation in visual communication as I had developed a likeness for movies. I wanted to associate with movies in some way. Luckily good opportunities came my way. However, it’s only when I started to act I realised the hard work behind it, whether it be the movie or a scene. We should respect the efforts of everyone working for a movie. I have started being artistic about movies and following it intensely now. For me, movies are to use the opportunities in the right way,” she says.
Kavya’s role in Kamuki was appreciated and people started recognising her more. She terms the character as a ‘kickstart’ for her. She’s even happy that people who don’t know her name spot her as ‘Tina’. She has completed her next movie in Malayalam titled Thenkasikattu, opposite Hemanth Menon. Kavya has acted across south Indian languages with her debut movies in Telugu and Tamil coming out soon. Her first Telugu debut movie is titled Suryasthamayam, directed by Bandi Saroj Kumar. She is also a part of Tamil movie Charlie Chaplin 2 and will join the sets of Cheran’s new movie as the lead soon.
As an artiste, she loves to explore movies deeply. It will be no surprise if we see her as a writer or director in the near future. What excites her is the idea of an art school and a project she’s been dreaming of. She is planning a project on how art can be reached to children on autistm spectrum. “There are many children on autism spectrum who are exceptionally talented. My idea is to assist them in bringing out their talent and showcasing them to the world. It will bring a lot of difference to them,” she reveals her plans as she wraps up.