Aishwarya Prasad: The new Kannada heroine on the block
The model-turned-actor is said to share screen space with Shreyas Manju in his debut venture, Paddehulli, along with Nishvika Naidu, who plays the female lead
The Kannada industry is all set to welcome model-turned-actor Aishwarya Prasad. While she will be making her debut with Aravind Kaushik’s directorial Shardoola, for which shooting is currently going on, her next project has her associating with director Guru Desphande for his upcoming film Paddehulli. Aishwarya will be sharing screen space with Shreyas Manju in his debut film, which also features Nishvika Naidu as the female lead.
From Mysuru and now settled in Bengaluru, the actor will be joining the long list of models who got into films. Winner of the beauty pageant Miss Mysuru, she was also among the top 10 contestants at Femina Miss India 2017. But it was the commercial she did with Puneeth Rajkumar that did the trick, says Aishwarya.
Often compared to Bollywood actor Mouni Roy, this long-legged lass, like many other heroines, used modelling as a stepping stone to enter the industry. “I always wanted to get under the limelight, but the urge to be an actor came to me when I joined acting classes, after I became the face of big brands in advertisements. To be a model, all you need to do is maintain yourself, but I aim to be a good artiste, so I chose the film path,” says Aishwarya, who doesn’t come from a cinema background. “My grandfather Chinnaswamy was a politician and my family has an agricultural background,” she says.
She is excited to start working on Paddehulli, her first commercial venture, in which she plays a college-going girl. “My film with Aravind was taking time, and when Guru Deshpande appraoched me for this role in Paddehulli, I took it up for a few reasons - it’s Shreyas Manju’s debut, and this will help me make my mark in the Kannada industry too. I hope I make the right moves to further my career,” she says.