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Straddling many worlds

DC | Namita Gupta | 04th Sep 2013

She got instant recognition when she made her debut with the Telugu film Premikulu and then gave a spate of hit films in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada. Her 'Bendu Apparao' was a much talked about hit, besides her Kannada film with Ravichandran, 'Ugadi'. She’s currently acting in a Kannada film called Agraja, a film on corruption and black money in the society with Challenging Star Darshan and Jaggesh.

The baby-faced beauty who is known to do quality work, instead of giving back to back releases, is also currently acting in a Telugu film called 'Bhai'. Talking about her journey, she says, “My journey has been excellent so far. I have no qualms in believing that I am God’s special child. I have worked in all the South Indian languages, but I’m most comfortable with working in Telugu, even though I love working in all the four south-Indian languages.”

Talking about her role in the current film, 'Agraja', Kamna shares, “It’s a political thriller. And my character portrayal begins with a grey shade and takes a positive turn. The role is very exciting, so I decided I must do it.”

Kamna is the granddaughter of businessman of repute, the late Syam Jethmalani. So how did she think of acting in films, we wonder? “I come from a family of business entrepreneurs and law graduates. I was a very different child, but since I was tall and slim, I was encouraged to participate in a modelling contest and won the Miss Mumbai crown in 2004 and also acted in a video for the pop song 'Chod do Aanchal Zamaana Kya Kahega' by Bombay Vikings. I feel I was destined to act and would always emote and pose in front of the mirror. But my family has always supported me at every step, especially my mom. Today whatever step I’m standing in my career, it’s all because of her.”

And what does the Bengaluru girl, who is so passionate about acting, like to do in her spare time? “Besides acting I’m passionate about kathak and a fitness freak. Also, our work schedules require us to travel a lot, which I really enjoy. I like to shop too if I have some time. Some days, I just like to sit in my balcony and sip a cup of tea and play with my cute little dog.”

Though she’s moved out of the city now, Bengaluru will always be close to her heart. “I have several memories of Bengaluru as I spent all my vacations here with my grandparents. Also, my family business is here, but I spend more time in Hyderabad. I would love to settle down in Bengaluru. Besides the Kannada film 'Agraja', I’m also working on other films.” 

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