February 27, 2011 Y. Sunitha Chowdhary
At Chiran Fort, actress Satya Krishnan is spotted in a jet black saree looking resplendent and happy. She giggles and tells director Sreenu Vaitla to ensure at least this time she doesn't become a part of the set property and gets some visibility at least in a few scenes. The pack up for the day's shoot for Dookudu is announced and the amicable lady reels of her thoughts to the dicta.
"People hardly knew I worked in Ready, so I'm just reminding the director to make sure that my presence is felt," explains Satya. It's been over a decade since she's made her debut, her first film being Sekhar Kammula's Dollar Dreams. There has been hardly handful films that could flaunt her potential but she has no regrets. At a time when career opportunities were looking up, she got married and gave her personal life a top priority. She even wanted to quit as her husband was on a transferable job, her daughter was growing up, in-laws were old, the family needed her. Even if she found little time and was ready to do assignment based roles, she didn't know how to go about it, not being an industry person proved to be a drawback.
"My husband was fine with me if I was ready to balance my career and personal life but I thought it wasn't worth confusing or stressing myself after Anand, but when I got the Nandi, I became greedy for roles, wanted to give acting another shot," she adds with a warm smile. Satya began signing films and even worked as a lead actress in a film [Mental Krishna] with Posani Krishna Murali that drew severe flak. She put in genuine effort, was actually acting this time but it didn't work out in her favour.
"I now know what suits me better, I tool a break and bounced back in roles that was replete with dignity. One film doesn't end your career. Sometimes I do stuff that doesn't suit my age, but people appreciate it so that's fine with me," says Satya with an infectiously positive attitude. Satya laments that there are hardly any roles that are a value addition to her career, she tries to choose the best in what is given to her. There are times when the director is not willing to reveal the entire story and she has to make do with the little explanation that is given to her on her presence in the film, on such occasions judgement on her character is difficult to make and isn't perfect.
The actress has no friends from the industry and maintains her quiet self even at work. Once her part is wrapped up, she rushes home to be with her daughter and pets. She quips her daughter is a brat and keeps her busy, says "Mamma since you are actress people think I'm also acting well." Satya's dream was to be an air hostess and to pursue got a degree in hotel management. The salaries were so pathetic at that time and skipped over to banking and worked there for four years when films happened.
"I'm definitely not the 9 to 5 person," she avers. Some day she would like to set up a restaurant or a boutique, she is not a person who is very fond of luxury, she just wants to lead a comfortable life and hates being pressurized, prefers a peaceful life. She is also not a judgemental person, never aggressive with her PR and says will not die if she doesn't have a film but will definitely give her 100 percent even if she were to do a cameo.
Her voice precedes her work and appearance and the actress is tad tired of those remarks, she has learnt to live with it. Her mother has a husky voice but her's sounds as if she's recovering from a bout of cold or sore throat. "True, but I realize now that they like my voice..I have no complaints!"