‘Happy to be in an era where opportunities are in abundance'
...says Vainidhi Jagdish, who tells us how social media has helped her connect with people, her role in Bangalore Boys and Rathnan Prapancha, her film career, and more
The second wave of Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown has put on hold the shooting schedules of several Kannada films. However, the young talent Vainidhi Jagdish is among the few who have used social media for being in the limelight. She has used short reel content to showcase her dancing abilities, acting performances, beauty tips, etc...
The Yaana actor, who has two projects in the pipeline, tells us that she has been on different social media platforms to stay connected. “I have always been in the habit of taking pictures with friends and family. I love experimenting with features on social media, and I have dabbled in content creation this lockdown. This has led to my collaborating with brands, with friends, and coming up with ideas to entertain people. This is done regularly because you have time in hand. Having said that, whatever I put up on social media is from my daily life which is why I have named it #LifeofVai,” says Vainidhi. She adds, “I am finding happiness in doing this. However, I am not completely dependent on social media.”
Ask Vainidhi, who comes from a film background, whether her presence on social media is an advantage in fetching the right kind of projects. “Not really. My offers are because of my first film Yaana,” says Vainidhi, adding, “There are instances when people have heard about me and then gone to check my page. I got the short film Oh Fish through Instagram, however, all the other offers are only because of Yaana.”
Next in line for the actor is Bangalore Days, a college-based love story directed by Raj Surya. She is also a part of Rathnan Prapancha, a debut venture by KRG Studios, in which she is paired opposite Pramod. This Rohit Padaki directorial also features Dhananjay and Reba Monica John. “I am left with the shooting of one song for both the films,” says Vanidhi, who mentions that it was a different experience playing the role of a North Karnataka girl in Rathnan Prapancha. “I had to do a lot of workshops and had to learn the Hubbali-Kannada accent before shooting. It was a 10-day schedule. My role in this film is in contrast to that in Yaana,” she says.
Vainidhi is here to stay and is serious about making her mark in cinema. “All of my life I’ve wanted to be in front of the camera. If not the big camera, at least a phone camera. I am someone who has been watching films since childhood. Whatever happens, I want to make a mark, and I am taking it very seriously and waiting for the right opportunities,” she says. Juggling between films, entrepreneurship, social service, and many other activities, it is clear that Vainidhi enjoys multitasking. “What I have understood is that you need to hustle and keep working hard. Don’t always depend on one stage to showcase your talent,” says the youngster.
Vainidhi strongly believes that cinema is not just limited to the big screen anymore, and is open to showcasing her skills on different platforms. "Today the theatre screen is not the only space where you get recognised. Everyone is getting an opportunity and competition is getting intense. Only the best work speaks. I am happy to be in this era where opportunities are abundant,” she signs off.