Dancing started it all for Tejaswi Madivada, who will soon debut as heroine in a Tollywood production. Earlier, she played a supporting role in Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, which starred Daggubati Venkatesh, Mahesh Babu and Samantha. This film offer came through due to a successful innings at Miss Dabur Gulabari 2011, a beauty pageant, where she was the second runner-up. Tejaswi will also be seen in a supporting role in an upcoming film, which stars Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya.
Before Tollywood, Tejaswi was working as a freelance dance instructor. She used to take classes for MNCs like HSBC, Wipro, Franklin Templeton and in schools like Hyderabad Public School and Nasr School for Girls. She also featured in a 7 Up commercial with Telugu actor Allu Arjun. Tejaswi, who worked part-time as a dance instructor with Twist n Turns, studied mass communication and journalism at St Francis College for Women in Hyderabad. Her dance assignments paid her tuition fee. She reminisces about her college life.
What did college teach you?
The best experiences of my life took place in college. I made many friends for life. St Francis made me realise that I need to aim high in life. College was a lot of fun. It brought about the biggest change in my life. I used to love going to college.
What was your proudest moment in college?
There was a contest called Miss Popular in college. There were about 20 contestants. The girl with maximum likes on Facebook would win. Everyone got 200, 300 or 500 likes but I got around 1,500 likes and won the contest. That was my proudest moment in college.
Have you had any embarrassing moments in college?
Of course. I once slapped a girl in college. I was called to the principal’s office many times. I’ve had quite a lot of embarrassing moments in college.
How did you score points with opposite gender?
I never had to try much as I scored a lot with them. There were no guys in college as it’s an all-girls institution. I did have a crush on my professor Arun John.
Was bunking a part of your college routine?
Yes, almost everyday! Bunking was a routine in college. But we had to attend classes because of attendance. So I had to tread carefully and managed to pull it off.
Did you have any rifts with professors and why?
I never had any rifts with professors. I was loved by almost all the professors. Sometimes they used to grant me attendance even if I didn’t attend classes. We had a good understanding.
Where did you hang out in college with friends?
Almost every place in Kundanbagh, where my college is located. Hyderabad’s most popular pani puri mandi (stall) is a few feet away from our college. The pani puri there tastes heavenly. We also used to hang out a lot in the nearby pub, 10 Downing street and the store, Lifestyle.
What extracurricular activities were you involved in?
I participated in all the activities. Dancing was my favourite but I dabbled in basketball, singing, handball, debates etc. I was active in sports and dance.