TANYA’S tryst with Cinema
Tanya was never interested in making a career in entertainment but the thought recently struck her. Taking us through her background, Tanya shares, “I was born and raised in Bengaluru. I went to pursue Bachelors course in International Relations in the University of Westminster, England. On my return, I went to Kolkata where my mom was practicing Alternative Medicine. I wasn’t doing anything at that point of time, so I decided to give a serious try in the Miss India pageant show.”
Tanya feels preparing for the pageant show has been a life-changing experience. “During the training, I was told to be “prepared for everything” and I eventually ended up preparing for my life. The preparation only made me stronger. I went to Pune to train for the pageant for a month. I realized that ‘anything can happen.’ Later, I participated in the Miss India and walked away with Miss Kolkata title (smiles). Then I signed two films and it has been an amazing journey,” she describes.
Tanya describes herself as an accidental actor. Giving us a background on how the project happened, she says, “After the Miss India show, I wanted to go back to Bengaluru and did not have any plans of getting into showbiz. But my team (Miss India) kept on telling me to take up a career in films. So I came to Mumbai and took up acting classes. That was when I really started to enjoy it. The makers of the Telugu film found my profile to be interesting and I was approached by the director Sagar Chandra for ‘Appatlo Okadundevadu’, starring Nara Rohit. I gave my audition and they signed me. So it just happened.”
“I never thought of a career in films. It just happened and I never planned it (laughs). I haven’t done much work except modeling for a few commercials. Even after I entered films, initially, I wasn’t sure whether this is my cup of tea. But once I started working, I started enjoying and was very comfortable. Everything was coming naturally and everyone on the sets supported me as well. I am having a gala time,” she adds.
The spontaneous actress says that she’s trying to pick up Telugu. “I’m trying to learn the language. Initially I thought it was going to be difficult but my unit helped me a lot to understand the meaning of the dialogues. Now I can easily go through paragraphs of dialogues, although I don’t know the meaning (laughs). But I’m making a conscious effort to learn the language. Since I lived in Bengaluru I can understand Kannada but can’t speak,” reveals Tanya, who is a foodie.
Tanya is the leading lady in the Nara Rohit-starrer. Giving a sneak peak of her role, she describes, “I play a village belle who is very strong and independent. I will be seen in saris, half-saris, Salwar Kameez and I was quite comfortable wearing them. We have to be prepared to sport outfits according to the character in showbiz. Director Sagar gave me the freedom to be what I am. Quite ironically, I wore bindi for the first time. Initially, I thought it would look funny but later when I saw it on the monitor, I felt nice.”
The actress also featured in a cameo in the recently released ‘Nenu Sailaja’, starring Ram and Keerthi Suresh. “I was nervous on the sets on the first day because I don’t know what was expected of me. After the shot was over, I used to go back to my caravan and again come outside after my shot was ready. Later, I started asking questions about the camera angles, etc. So I learnt to get it right, be professional, etc.” she admits.
Working in Tollywood has been an enriching experience but the actress feels she would like to explore Hyderabad and the culture more in her future visits. “I am looking forward to doing some good work in Tollywood and work with people I am comfortable with. I did not have much time to explore the city but I would love to go to Charminar, try the Hyderabadi biriyani.”
“Dance is my new passion courtesy – actor Ram’s moves. I’m a decent dancer but was bowled over by his dance moves and decided to up my dance skills. I’m learning Bollywood and contemporary dance styles, so that I can be flexible to any tunes,” Tanya reveals. But if not an actress what she would’ve been? “I would have joined Chatham House, where discussions on International Affairs and Global Politics take place. I know it is in stark contrast to what I’m doing,” she laughs. Hmmm… Interesting!