Dances with a bygone era

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | SHASHIPRASAD SM
Published May 18, 2016, 12:00 am IST
Updated May 18, 2016, 12:31 am IST
She is a Bharatanatyam dancer who is making her Kannada movie debut with Bablusha.
Mrudhula Bhaskar
 Mrudhula Bhaskar

She started learning dance at the age of three, and by four-and-a-half she was performing on stage. This Chennai-born beauty who has been residing in Bengaluru for over 19 years has taken to the camera with such ease. Mrudhula Bhasker, a Bharatanatyam dancer-turned-actress will make her Sandalwood debut with Bablusha — a period venture set 500 years ago in the Sri Krishnadevaraya era. The truly talented lass who also runs a dance institution speaks about her foray into filmdom.

Mrudhula recently graduated  with a degree in law too. The pretty actress speaks exclusively to Bengaluru Chronicle about her love for dance, her journey into acting, and more.

 

After her acting debut in Kollywood, featuring in Marumunai, Vallinam, and then RGV’s Telugu venture Ice Cream 2, she was sure she wanted to act. She says, “The director of Bablusha, Venkat Bharadwaj, approached me through a common friend.  I listened to the script which was unique, and something which is rarely attempted.

The film is set 500 years ago dating back to the era ruled by the greatest ruler — Sri Krishnadevaraya. It was a challenge to initially adapt to the set, body language, and costumes.” She feels that her dancing skills as a Bharatanatyam dancer helped her while performing in Bablusha. “Being a dancer, I love mythological characters as they fit the classical dance set up. I have been performing across the globe. Even when

I was  young, many filmmakers had approached my parents with requests to introduce me as a child artiste, but I chose to dance. When more such opportunities started coming my way, I opted to sign a few films that interested me as an artiste,” she says.

Mrudhula runs a Bharatanatyam dance institution called Nritya Moksh in Kalyanagar and has studied law from CMR Law School.  When asked about this unusual combination, she confesses it was just meant to be. “Once I took up law, all I wanted was to complete my graduation. At one point, I was  busy with my dance shows, and shooting for films. I would take some time off and give my  exams. I hardly met my close friends for almost a year. I would only dance, shoot and write exams,” she smiles.

As far as Bablusha is concerned, Mrudhula says that it was a great experience as the film highlights how our ancestors lived in an era of prosperity. The actress is confident that this film will be appreciated by the Kannadiga audience.

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