Chaitra Rai turned an easily recognized name with her noteworthy TV performances including Attarintlo Akkachellellu of late. In her profession traversing almost 10 years, she is one of the few Kannada actors who cut a specialty for herself in the Telugu TV industry. She is at present on a sabbatical because of individual reasons. In her new visit with ETimes TV, Chaitra uncovered that she, as well, had experienced individuals who disapproved of Kannada actors being projected in Telugu shows.
“During the initial days of my career, a co-actor on the sets sulked about casting Kannada actors (me) in the show keeping Telugu actors aside. That person felt a ban should also be imposed on Kannada actors and said it aloud so that I should hear it,” recalls Chaitra.
She adds, “But the same person is now a very good friend and stays in touch with me. I think that is my victory. I can also understand the pain of local actors who get affected by the decision of the producers.”
Recalling her heydays in the Telugu TV industry, Chaitra said, “I used to do a lot of homework. I used to write down my lines, know the meaning and tried to utter the dialogues without prompting. I feel my hard work paid off, I’ve got more work here in Telugu.”
Sharing her musings on why Kannada entertainers are liked, Chaitra stated, “Back then when I started, there were hardly any but now I’m glad seeing many doing really well here. Even till date, I don’t know why producers opt for Kannada actors. I’ve been told that we are very dedicated, hardworking and we learn the language very quickly. I just believe I’ve been fortunate enough to have got work, recognition and lots of warmth here in Telugu industry. I would love to make a comeback with a Telugu show on the same channel that has taken great care of me so far.”
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