Chat with Chaitra on her journey to the Silver Screen

Chaitra Reddy works in Tamil and Kannada television Industry. She made her debut as Shravani in the Kannada TV serial “Avanu Matte Shravani” for which she was highly praised. She also acted with well-known actors like Nathan Shyam, Aravind, Lokesh Baskaran, Bharath and Amit Bhargav. In Tamil TV, she is best known for her role in “Kalyanam Mudhal Kadhal Varai”. She is doing a lead role in “Yaaradi Nee Mohini” serial in Zee Tamil. She has already done a few movies in Kannada and Tamil. Ritz catches up with the budding sensation Chaitra about her career and life.

Text: ABBY

YOUR MOTHER TONGUE IS TELUGU BUT YOU’VE DONE A NUMBER OF KANNADA MOVIES. IS THERE A REASON FOR THAT?

Yes, my parents are settled in Bangalore. I was born here and I grew up here. A director spotted me at a college event when I was 18 and asked me to audition for a movie. That’s how I entered Kannada movies. My debut movie was ‘Preeti Keli Sneha Kalkobedi’

WHICH KANNADA MOVIE ARE YOU CURRENTLY DOING NOW?

It is called ‘Rugged’ as a female lead role with actor Vinod Prabhakar. It’ll be released this year.

WHAT ABOUT TAMIL MOVIES? ARE YOU DOING ANY?

Well, Tamil movies are dear to me. I am currently shooting a movie with Sibi Raj, son of Sathya Raj.  It’s called ‘Vattam’. It is also scheduled for release this year.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR FREE TIME?

I officially live in Chennai but commute a lot to Bengaluru to meet my parents and to shoot Kannada movies. My sister lives in Chennai and works for an IT company. So, I don’t feel lonely in Chennai. She gives me company. I also have friends here and in Bengaluru, whom I hang out with. I don’t have many hobbies but I enjoy doing many things and taking life as it comes. I love to try out different cuisines. Luckily, I do not put on weight no matter how much I eat. I relax on the days that I am not out shooting.

ARE YOU CLOSE TO YOUR SISTER?

Yes, however, she does not like glitz and glamour. She is totally opposite to me. She is studious and always desired a non-filmy career.  So, we share many things but she keeps a distance from me on my professional matters.

WHAT KIND OF ROLES DO YOU WANT TO DO? ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC ACTORS OR DIRECTORS YOU’D LIKE TO WORK WITH?

I don’t have any fixed plans. I just want to take life and opportunities in life as they come. I am fine to work with any actor and director as long as the movie script is good and something that I can relate to.

WHAT IF A MOVIE REQUIRES YOU TO MAKE EXTREME SACRIFICES LIKE GOING BALD, WOULD YOU DO IT?

I love my hair a lot, so I’m not sure about going bald but if it is a sacrifice related to acting, such as if someone wants to cast me as a mother, then I can make any number of sacrifices. I even portrayed a negative role in “Yaradi Nee Mohini”. But one thing that I can never sacrifice is the costume part. The first thing I ask before signing a movie is the script and what costume I have to wear. If it is skimpy, which is against my morals, I never do it.

HOW WAS THE TRANSITION FROM TV SERIALS TO ACTING? WAS IT A CONSCIOUS DECISION?

To be honest, I was never after acting as a career but I feel that it is more my destiny. So, I am happy that destiny took me in the direction of movies from serials. But I was also content while I did serials.

ANY NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS?

I intend to talk more in movies (speak my dialogues in a more articulate manner) and talk less in actual life (speak only when needed because that way we can avoid misunderstandings with people).