This Devi of Kannada television, has made her presence felt on the small screen for more than seven years. She essayed the role of the popular character Sannidhi for almost five years in her ongoing tele-serial Agnisakshi.
Actress Vaishnavi Gowda who has so far featured in five top soaps in her telly career, talks about her accidental journey into acting and why the character of Sannidhi has become a part of her life, and her aspirations to be a part of sensible feature films and more.
“It has been a memorable journey playing Sannidhi for over four-and-a-half years. It all started when I was approached for the serial Device seven years ago. I had never thought of becoming an actor. If not for an associate director who spotted me along with my mother at a temple, I would have tread a different path altogether,” says Vaishnavi Gowda.
On how she managed to learn the art with no prior experience of facing the camera, Vaishnavi credits the team of Devi especially ‘Shruthi Madam’ who patiently taught her basics. “However, acting in front of the camera requires more than just expressions, as one should understand the technicalities about where to stand and how to adapt with the situation,” she says.
Portraying a single character relentlessly for almost five years on a day-to-day basis is obviously a challenging task. Vaishnavi who is doing exactly the same while essaying the role of Sannidhi, says that it has become a part of her life and she enjoys each and every interesting twist of it. “Everyone who follows my work instantly relates to me as her. It helps me connect with the audience who interact with me on social media platforms. Apart from hard work, starting as a complete stranger in the profession with no prior experience or acting skills has helped to some extent as there was no expectations labelled along with it. It gave me a breather to learn and understand the art first, and then I started experimenting with it,” she adds.
The pretty actress has also ventured into films, and has shot for Girgitle. “I had been getting a lot of film offers but many did not interest me as an actress. Girgitle was new in its concept and how it is made. I am eagerly awaiting to be a part of sensible projects which make me happy at the end of day,”she reveals.
A student of Mount Carmel College, she had to dropout due to strict rules. “I could not complete my degree due to the strict rules when it came to missing classes. However, I later completed it through distance learning,” she adds. A trained Bharatanatyam dancer, she has also learnt Kuchipudi and belly dance.
The actress has also been anchoring a comedy show with senior actor Doddanna, director Guru Prasad and actress Ragini Dwivedi as judges — Bharjari Comedy.