I have finally made it to Kannada cinema: Dhanya Balakrishna
The actor, who hails from Karnataka, is set to appear in a Kannada film eight years after making her onscreen debut in Tamil
Sarvajanikarige Suvarnavakaasha marks the Kannada debut of Dhanya Balakrishna, and the actor is thrilled. “I want to shout out from the rooftops that this Kannada girl, hailing from Malleswaram in Bengaluru, has finally made it to Sandalwood!” she exclaims.
Dhanya, who started her acting career in theatre, made her onscreen debut in AR Murugadoss’ Tamil film, 7aum Arivu, alongside Suriya and Shruti Haasan. She was later part of the Telugu film, Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, starring Venkatesh and Mahesh Babu. Dhanya has also worked in the Malayalam industry before finally entering Kannada cinema now.
“The title, Sarvajanikarige Suvarnavakaasha, means ‘A golden opportunity for the public’. Likewise, I was one among the various artistes waiting for good projects, and it finally came to me through this Anoop Ramaswamy directorial,” says Dhanya.
So what is Dhanya's definition of a good project? “I look at the script, my character development in the story, the performance scope, and then, the overall film,” she replies. And how does she want to make her work stand out from the rest? “People should be reminded of me much after my film’s release. My role should be impactful and entertain them too. Considering cinema is a strong medium, I feel privileged that my role can stay in people’s minds for a long time,” she says.
As for Sarvajanikarige Suvarnavakaasha, Dhanya classifies the film as a light-hearted comedy-drama. “It’s about the life of middle-class youth, an MBA graduate, who out of desperation, comes up with creative ways to make money. I play the hero’s love interest, who is also an MBA student from the middle-class background. The emotional connect woven around my medical condition forms the thread of this romantic story,” she reveals.
Having worked with well-known directors right from the beginning of her career, Dhanya finds there is a lot of difference when it comes to working with a group of youngsters. “Since I came with a little experience, I did try and give a few suggestions. But then I felt that I was acting like a senior and reined it in. Working on Sarvajanikarige Suvarnavakaasha was a new experience for me. The way the director has dealt with the subject is very organic. The film will bring in a new wave and gain attention, especially for Anoop and Rishi,” says Dhanya, who also found Rishi to be a committed actor. “All the actors, including senior artiste Dattanna, treated the film like a play, and it will be a whole new experience for the audience,” she adds.
Even as Dhanya aims to create a foothold in Kannada cinema, she wants to do well in other industries too. “Ideally, I should have done a lot of films here, but whatever came to me was not up to the mark. Probably, I was destined to start my Kannada outing with Sarvajanikarige Suvarnavakaasha, and here I am.”