August 08, 2011 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
"I had blindly signed the power of attorney and now I have nothing. Every girl has a dream as to how she wishes to settle in life. Mine was to start a dance school and club it with education. I'm asking my mother to give me a piece of land for this purpose. I walked out from my mother and brother's home and now I have to start all over," she avers with disappointment writ all over face.
But isn't this the story of almost every actress since long, hasn't she learnt from other's mistakes? The influence of her mother on her was far too much. "Once the shot would get over, she wouldn't let my eyes wander. Aame kallatho bhayam pettedhi. Even then if I'm an actress today, I'm in this position of being interviewed it's because of her but I wish she had been reasonably fair with me," replies Bhanupriya.
Bhanupriya is from Rajahmundry and had settled down in Chennai. Her mother had learnt dance and had even coached her before she sent her to learn Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam from various Masters. She got offers to act when she was 13. People at home showed enthusiasm and for her it was a dream come true.
In a recent television interview Chiranjeevi mentioned that he enjoyed a chemistry with other actresses while dancing but with Bhanupriya he missed out on that as she always concentrated on the technical aspects of her footwork and treated him as a competitor instead of a co-star. She adds, "True. Those days I couldn't understand anything. My mother being a lover of dance wanted me to be a perfectionist. Director cheppindhanikante aame cheppedhe yekkedhi."
Did she give up her career at the right time for marriage? "I had this burning desire to prove myself as an allrounder but as I grew older I didn't like the response of the public towards my films and I felt the need to get married. One got to take a decision in accordance with time and also one has to be lucky to make a re-entry into films, they must have the support and courage. After my marriage with Adarsh Kaushal, I returned with my child to Chennai and he stayed back as he just couldn't adapt to the life here. Life isn't the way I wished for."
Her daughter Abhinaya Kaushal is 8 years old and Bhanupriya says she is a fabulous dancer but of late her interest has started shifting to studies. The actress recollects, "When she was four years old she saw the climax dance in Swarnakamalam and came running to me and held me tightly. Na kaallaki dhandam pettindhi. I couldn't understand that expression initially but later thought that she might have been immersed in the song and dance."
While Bhanupriya reminisces on Sitara, Anadiga Adadi, Annamayya..she is interrupted by a few industry folks who've approached her to work in the Kannada version of Chatrapati. The actor signs off but not without a promise to come back on a more positive note the next time. As far as the industry is concerned, the arc lights have always welcomed the brave and the beautiful women.