Gayathri Iyer is the new entrant to tinsel town who is testing waters in Tamil, Bengali, Telugu and Kannada industries. The model-turned-actress started her career with the Tamil film Ninaivil Nindraval and made her mark in Telugu, Bengali and Kannada around the same time. Namo Bhootatma was her latest release, which she says was a surprise film for her. She is currently shooting for the bilingual film Ouija made in Kannada and Telugu.
Born in Cochin, Gayathri feels a special attraction to the Kannada language. “I did my early schooling in Mysuru and so the Kannada flavour still remains in me. I started off in Sandalwood with Shravana opposite Vijay Raghavendra. Namo Bhootatma was my second film and now, Ouija is in the making. The latter is a horror thriller directed by Rajkumar, and along with me is Madhuri Itagi, Shraddha Das and a Telugu hero called Bharath,” she says.
Gayathri, who is hopping from one industry to another, is happy to be exploring different languages. “Like the different subjects I had in school, I approach films in each language and try to excel in them,” she says.
Like any upcoming actor, her next step to take her career forward is through better performance and good subjects. “I don’t wish to make run-of-the-mill films with top actors. Now that I have stepped into the limelight, I have to concentrate on making better films that will set me a class apart,” she says.
Gayathri watches performances of renowned actresses and takes pointers. “I practise scenes of other actresses in front of the mirror and try to be as good as them. I have even copied some of their acts in parts in some of my films,” admits the newbie.
“The thought of entering the film industry came to me when I was in college,” Gayathri reveals. “I was very studious and I loved Chemistry. At some point, fashion shows started attracting me and gave me a break into modelling and later, films. Now that I am here, I will be studious in cinema,” she signs off.