Manju Bhargavi returns to work in Kannada

Apr 28, 2009 RGV

Bangalore, April.28: Well known danseuse and actress Manju Bhargavi says learning dance in the traditional style is the best way to be proficient in this performing art. Any dance form is best understood with proper tutoring and practice in the traditional guru and pupil method, she opined.

"Teaching Dance through CD's and in programmes can only be described as a money making experience. Unless the pupil is properly trained in basics by a qualified teacher and made to understand his mistakes on the dance floor, it would be difficult for any exponent to learn it thoroughly," said Manju Bhargavi.

Manju Bhargavi who is a well known Kuchipudi dancer in the country feels that she would not have been a top classical dancer of the country but for her training with Vempati Chinna Sathyam.

Manju Bhargavi was speaking to film reporters during the audio release of her first Kannada film 'Hodi Maga' starring Shivaraj Kumar and Mumbai based actress cum model Nicolette Bird who was seen recently in Hindi film 'Rock On'.

Manju Bhargavi who is playing the role of Shivaraj Kumar's mother in the film obtained huge popularity as an actress through Telugu film Shankarabharanam, but she has not been seen in many films since then. She has concentrated more on her Dance programmes. She has been residing and running a Dance school Natya Vedam in Bangalore for the past twenty seven years.

"The title of the film can be misleading, but take it from me. The film has a strong story line and the film's sentimental content would largely appeal to the family audience. I have great hopes on this film because director P.N.Sathya has really done a good job. It will certainly be a hugely successful film," opines Manju Bhargavi.

After Shankarabharanam's huge success Manju Bhargavi wanted to make a multilingual film Natyarani Shanthala based on a Kannada Novel by K.V.Iyer under the direction of National award winning director G.V.Iyer. The film had even started its shooting in Halebeedu in Hassan for a few days, but later it did not take off for many unknown reasons.

"The project was jinxed from day one. I do not want to tell the exact reasons as to why the ambitious project was dropped, but I can only say that I was full of excitement when Iyer sir narrated me this subject. But I think it was some curse that everything connected to the film did not take off on the expected lines. I think it was a cursed project," says Manju Bhargavi.

Talking about her present commitments, Manju Bhargavi said that she is more into classical dance programmes these days. "I don't accept film assignments because I have decided to act only in characters which are strong. I am also busy in making a television serial on dance for a private satellite channel. Recently I gave a performance in Chennai where I met director K.Vishwanath sir who gave me a big break in Shankarabharanam. He also told me to do more number of films. But I would like to work only if roles like what I am doing in Hodi Maga are offered to me," said Manju Bhargavi.

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