Act­ing not the kind­est ca­reer, but the sat­is­fac­tion is un­matched: Shubra Aiyappa


A KNOWN name in South In­dian films, ac­tress Shubra Aiyappa is now driv­ing all her en­er­gies to en­ter Bol­ly­wood.

“Act­ing is not the kind­est ca­reer to choose, but the sat­is­fac­tion it de­liv­ers is un­matched. I chose this ca­reer and I be­lieve I am here to make a mark and to stay,” said Aiyappa.

“Things are look­ing up and mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion,” she said.

“I am spend­ing all my time hon­ing my craft, and in the process have man­aged to be­come a bet­ter ac­tor, dancer and fit­ness fa­natic,” she added.

The ac­tress ap­peared in sev­eral com­mer­cials be­fore sign­ing on to make her act­ing de­but in the 2014-re­leased film Prathinidhi, por­tray­ing a jour­nal­ist.

Aiyappa later ap­peared in Sa­gaptham, a Tamil film noted for its launch of Shan­mu­ga­pan­dian, the son of ac­tor-politi­cian Vi­jayakanth.

She also made her first ap­pear­ance in a Kan­nada film dur­ing the same year, ti­tled Va­jrakaya.

She was a suc­cess­ful model be­fore tak­ing up act­ing as she worked for the coun­try’s big­gest fash­ion de­sign­ers.

Aiyappa cred­its her mod­el­ling back­ground for build­ing con­fi­dence in her.

“My mod­el­ling ca­reer has built my con­fi­dence im­mensely and shaped my per­son­al­ity pos­i­tively,” said the ac­tress, ad­ding: “Bol­ly­wood is def­i­nitely on the cards.

“I am driv­ing all my en­er­gies in that di­rec­tion. My dream roles would be those of Won­der Woman, Black Swan, an ath­lete biopic or Alia Bhatt’s per­for­mance in High­way, to name a few,” she said.

Talk­ing about the cur­rent projects, Aiyappa can be seen show­ing her sexy avatar in the King­fisher Cal­en­der 2019.

Asked if this was an at­tempt to break her girl-next-door im­age, she said: “No, as I be­lieve I am an ac­tor first and any char­ac­ter that I feel will com­ple­ment and chal­lenge me, I would con­sider gladly,” said Aiyappa.

“All through my grow­ing years as a model, each pho­tog­ra­pher I worked for or with, al­ways saw me through their lens and gave me a ver­sa­tile im­age.

“Yes, my port­fo­lio of my mod­el­ling work will seem like that of the girl next door be­cause of my hav­ing en­dorsed some of the largest jew­ellery and sari brands down South.

“When Atul Kas­bekar ap­proached me with his be­lief in tak­ing on this as­sign­ment, I again chose to trust the lens to ex­plore my ver­sa­til­ity and agreed to do my first swim­suit shoot.”

This year’s cal­en­dar will also fea­ture Sushrii Mishraa, a beauty queen from Orissa, su­per­model Diva Dhawan and Hay­ley Parr from the UK who flew to the ex­otic is­land of Sar­dinia – an Ital­ian is­land – to shoot for it.

Talk­ing about the ex­pe­ri­ence, the ac­tress said: “Be­ing part of this year’s King­fisher Cal­en­dar cam­paign was in­deed a one of a kind ex­pe­ri­ence. The team was out­stand­ing, the des­ti­na­tion was divine and the en­tire jour­ney was more than mem­o­rable.” – IANS


South In­dian film ac­tress Shubra Aiyappa in the 2019 King­fisher Cal­en­dar.

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