Mayuri Kyatari best known as Ashwini, a character she portrayed in the mega hit teleserial Ashwini Nakshatra, captured the hearts of millions. The popularity she gained in the daily soap opera helped her bag Shashank’s directorial Krishna Leela where she was paired opposite Ajay Rao. Soon, she hogged the limelight by starring in Ishtakamya and Nataraja Service and made a place for herself.
With no filmi background and godfather to back her in the industry, she knows that her journey in Sandalwood is no walk in the park. But she believes talent (she has in abundance), which can take her to places.
The teen actress likes doing films that are lauded for their content as much as she enjoys being part of mainstream cinema. Next to be seen in Nataraja Service opposite comedian-turned-star Sharan, Mayuri is waiting for the rom-com to release for the world to appreciate her performance and take her career to the next level. Shwetha Shivkamal gets up close with her.
You are a dancer and an actor. What do you love more?
A very tricky question indeed! I would love to dance in films. Dance is something that I’ve been doing from a very young age. It made me what I am today. Music and dance go hand in hand and they have always been a part of my soul. For someone like me, who has no acting background, dance helped me be a performer.
The expressions required for acting comes to me naturally because I am a dancer. Films are a magic; I love facing the camera and I am grateful to be a part of this amazing industry. For now, I am looking at acting as a career and that’s what I’m currently focusing on. This does not mean I will lose out on my interest of dance.
Which of your roles is the closest to your heart? How has it contributed to your success as an actress?
It’s not easy to pick favourite role, but probably my role in the daily soap Ashwini Nakshatra will always remain as my favourite. If not for that teleserial, I would have been a nobody. It was the role of Ashwini that gave me an identity and set the ball rolling. It is something I’ll never forget because I was a rank newcomer with no real help in the industry. The character of Ashwini has fetched me fame and unconditional love from the fans across the state. It was my performance in the daily soap that got me the role in Krishna Leela and now in Ishtakamya as well. So one lead to the other. I have got good opportunities and worked with good and credible people but there is something that makes me yearn for more.
What would you choose – A female-centric script by a newbie or a regular role opposite a big star?
Practically speaking that should be a doddle. I strongly believe in a good script and a good director will definitely make for a good story. The characters in the film needs to be strong enough and well etched for the story to be good and a director should know the capacity of the performer for a good movie. Everything else will fall into place then. As long as my characterization is good and I have good space on the screen to exhibit my acting chops I don’t mind working with anyone. Having faith in ourselves and making good cinema to reach out to the audience is all that matters to me.
Actors and directors on your wish list
As an actress, I must admit I am a greedy. I want to work with all the top actors and directors. At the same time I am a no-nonsense person and would strictly adhere to my principles of not compromising on my characterization.
Your performance on small and big screen has been applauded by audience and critics alike. How does it feel achieving something so early in your career?
For a girl hailing from a middle class family, this is really a dream come true. I don’t know how it all happened, but it all happened for good. I followed my instincts and picked projects and fortunately good things have happened to me. I just quietly put my notes to the ground and I worked hard and had fun. I feel happy whenever my work is appreciated and at the same time, I would also want to learn from my mistake which is why critics are also important. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon and my parents have struggled enough for me.